Bertie Ferdman

Assistant Professor
Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts

Email: bferdman@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: S-654

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BERTIE FERDMAN’s research specialties are in contemporary performance and curating practices, in particular immersive, participatory, and site based performance, as well as urban dramaturgies. She is interested in live art practices that engage spectators in challenging preconceived notions of what theatre is and can be, as well as performance that intervenes in urban space. She has held numerous fellowships to support her research, among them: PSC-CUNY grant (2013 and 2014); CUNY Writing Fellowship (2014); The Mellon School of Performance Research at Harvard University led by Martin Puchner (2011); The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at The Graduate Center led by David Harvey (2010); a Magnet Fellowship (2009); as well as a Chateaubriand Fellowship (2003).

She curated many international events and exchanges at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center including two Site-Specific Performance Symposia; the U.S. premiere of Rodrigo Garcia’s Accidens; “Staging Presence” with Marianne Weems and Nick Kaye; and “Urban Performance” with Maud Le Floc’h and the late Neil Smith. In 2012, she was a co-curator of mars2bklyn, a performance and arts exchange platform between Marseille and Brooklyn. For over six years, she was Artistic co-Director of Ex.Pgirl, a physical theatre company with whom she created Ablution, Waving Hello, 10 Plates, and Paris Syndrome, commissioned by HERE Arts Center. Ex.Pgirl won the Franklin Furnace award in 2004, were two-time HERE artists in residence, and received grants from NYSCA, DCA, and LMCC, among others.

Before coming to BMCC, Bertie taught courses in performance at City College, College of Staten Island, and Manhattanville College. Her articles have appeared in PAJ, Theater, Performance Research, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and TDR (upcoming). She is a Contributing Editor of PAJ and a regular contributor for HowlRound. In 2014, she co-edited a Special Issue of Theater: Performance Curators. Her special section of PAJ on Urban Dramaturgies will be published in May 2015. She is currently at work on two books, one titled Off-Site: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific and another with choreographer Noemie Lafrance.

She is a graduate of Yale College and the Lecoq School of Physical Theatre in Paris, has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU, and earned her PhD from The Graduate Center.

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