Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

PhD Research: Theatre and Performance Studies

News: A new PhD Theatre concentration in Hawaiian and Indigenous Performance has been added, and is accepting applications beginning Spring 2023. 

Current PhD Students

Yi An

Concentration: Performance Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Jhalak Miller. Research working title: 21st Century Global Performance Studies: Dancing Process, Chinese Dance Pedagogy, and International Artistic Exchange at the Beijing Dance Academy.

I will elaborate on my own dance experience and knowledge in China and the U.S., to offer a global perspective from which Chinese dance educators can rethink and reshape the pedagogy of Chinese dance.

Eu Tong Sen Fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2023); Dai Ho Chun Scholarship (2021, 2022); John Young Scholarship in the Arts (2021, 2022)

Scott Felluss

Concentration: Performance Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Jhalak Miller. Research working title: Jarjara: New Media Methods in Haptic Ethnography

I am exploring the intersections between digital culture in performance, modes of ethnography, practice as research in the academy, and classical Indian aesthetics. My researcher centers artistic and academic processes that locate equitability across global systems of technology as they parallel and coincide with embodied practice in performance places and spaces.

https://www.jarjara.com

 

Maria Teresa Houar

Concentration: Performance Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Jhalak Miller. Research working title: Exotic Bodies, Occupied Territories: Performing Settler Security and BIPOC Precarity in (Queer) Nightlife and Erotic Entertainment

Maria Teresa Houar is a queer scholar of Indigenous Mexican, Latinx and Portuguese and Haole descent, born and raised in Hawaiʻi on the outer islands of Kauaʻi and Maui. Maria Teresa is the artistic director of Leviathan Dance Company (Honolulu, HI). Her dissertation research on dance performance in Honolulu, HI is focused on the LGBTQIA+ nightlife entertainment industry and looks at Erotic Performance such as burlesque, pole and GoGo dance through intersectional lenses of Queer Indigenous Studies, sexuality and fetish studies, and disability studies.

Lecturer in UH Mānoa Academy of Creative Media

www.mariateresahouar.com

 

R. Matthew Kelty

Concentration: Asian Theatre. Supervisor: Dr. Kirstin Pauka. Research working title: Banyak Waja: Queer Representations in Indonesian Performance.

This interdisciplinary research examines the performing arts of Indonesia – theatre, dance, puppetry, and more, in both traditional and contemporary forms – to identify and analyze representations of “queerness” (any non-binary approach or identity related to sex, gender, and/or affectional orientation). Combining documentary research, participant observation, ethnographic interviews, and queer and post-colonial theory, the research analyzes the ways in which performance has served both to reinforce and to subvert community mores around sex and gender.

US Dept. of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2017-19, 2021-22); Society for Asian Art in Hawai’i: Rhoda E. A. Hackler Scholarship 2013-15.

In addition to his research, Matthew has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UHM in theatre history, queer theory, script analysis, and playwriting, among other topics. Matthew is also a playwright; his award-winning play Opening is published by Samuel French.

 
Julie Labagnara
 
Concentration: Western Theatre. Supervisor: Dr. Lurana Donnels O’Malley. Research working title:
The Living Newspaper 2.0: A New Hybrid of Traditional Living Newspaper Forms.
 
Through my research, I analyze and adapt the many dramatic and theatrical innovations of the Federal Theatre Project. My production is partially scripted and collaboratively created experimenting with acting, musical, visual and technical improvisations. My project seeks to use theatre as a tool to understand the roots of gender-based violence, how it operates in today’s society, and what action can be taken to prevent and/or reduce gender-based violence in the future.
 
 
Stephen Marvin
 
Concentration: Asian Theatre. Supervisor: Drs. Julie Iezzi and Kirstin Pauka. Research working title:
Putative Links between Japanese Masked Performances of the 1st Millennium AD and Balinese Masking Traditions.
 
I challenge a theory put forth by Japanese, European, and American scholars asserting that masking conventions of Java and Bali influenced Japanese Gigaku and Bugaku.

 

Leah E. Ott

Concentration: Performance Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Markus Wessendorf. Research working title:

Peace through Theatre Education: Process Drama in Post-Conflict Society Classrooms
 
Empathy is a key characteristic of dramatic work. Using process drama, the researcher is looking to see if restorative justice in education through dramatic endeavor can be used for cultural revitalization, public dialogue, conflict resolution, and theatrical expression in adolescents.
 
Jane Traynor
 
Concentration: Asian Theatre. Supervisor: Dr. Julie A. Iezzi. Research working title:
Jigoku is Empty and All the Oni Are Here: : An Investigation into the Usage of Oni (demon) Characters Within Kyōgen Theatre
 
Jane’s research aims to identify how oni (demons) were used as narrative devices in the early days of kyōgen’s canonization, as well as the place that oni and oni-kyōgen have within the repertoire today. She will be engaging in field research in Kyoto, Japan for the 2022-2023 academic year.
 
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship; Center for Japanese Studies Doctoral Fellowship
 
 
 

Recent Dissertations in Theatre and Performance Studies 

Crystal Kwok (2023)

Blurring the Color Line: Performance of Race, History, and Documentary. (Advisor: Dr. Kara Jhalak Miller)  Performance Studies

Applying Blur as Method, I examine in-between spaces of history, memory, framing, and archive within gendered and racialized structures. blurringthecolorline.com
 
Soroptimist International Fellowship Award (2022)
 
Crystal hosts a radio talk show and podcast, “Kwoktalk” on KTUH 90.1fm, addressing racial and gender issues with a multicultural perspective.
 
Mike Poblete (2022)
 
Metanoia And Our Legacy: The Fostering of Student Agency Through Devised Theatre Education. (Advisor: Dr. Markus Wessendorf) Western Theatre
 
My research explores the role of agency in devised theatre education through an exploratory multiple-case study, where I worked with high school students over digital and in-person learning environments to facilitate their creation of two original pieces of digital theatre.
 
CALL Uehiro Dissertation Fellowship (2021-22)
Dai Ho Chun Fund for Graduate Fellowship Recipient (2021-22)
mikepoblete.com
 

Alex Rogals (2022)

Locale, Liminality, & Legitimacy in Contemporary Sagi kyōgen: Conceptualizing Tradition Outside Kyōgen’s Professional World (Advisor: Dr. Julie A. Iezzi) Asian Theatre

 

Jennifer M. Yoo (2022)

Monstrous Wives, Murderous Lovers, and Dead Wet Girls: Examining the Feminine Vengeful Ghost in Japanese Traditional Theatre and Horror Cinema (Advisor: Dr. Julie A. Iezzi) Asian Theatre

 

Alex Munro (2021)

Transforming Novice Learners into Experts through Performance, Reproduction, and Representation: A Performance Studies Analysis of High-Fidelity Simulation in Healthcare Education (Advisor: Dr. Markus Wessendorf) Performance Studies

Current position: Program Manager, HealthCAST, UHM School of Nursing

alexmunro.com

 

Yan Ma (2020)

Gendering Male Dan: Jingju Male Cross-Gender Performers and Performance in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era (Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak) Asian Theatre

Current position: 2022-23 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Chinese Performance Cultures at the Washington University in St. Louis

ealc.wustl.edu/people/yan-ma

 

Christa Eleftherakis (2020)

Examining International-mindedness in the International Baccalaureate Theatre Program (Advisor: Dr. Kirstin Pauka) Western Theatre

Current position: IB Theatre & Film Teacher, South American Activities Counsel Fine Arts Festival Regional Rep at the American International School of Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Wei Ju-Hua (2019)

​​Kūnqǔ in Practice: A Case Study. (Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak) Asian Theatre

Current position: Instructor of Music (Western and world) at Hawaii Pacific University

 

Wei Zhang (2018)

Estranging Contemporary China: Adaptations of Brecht’s Plays in Chinese Theatre since the Cultural Revolution (Advisor: Dr. Markus Wessendorf) Comparative Asian-Western Theatre

Current position: Professor, Hangzhou Normal University, 2018-present, PhD /MA Graduate Advisor

Dr. Wei is a Senior Research Scholar at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, funded by the National China Scholarship Council (2022). Her book Chinese Adaptations of Brecht: Appropriation and Intertextuality was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020 in its series Chinese Literature and Culture in the World. She has forthcoming articles on Brechtʻs Brecht’s Stories of Mr. Keuner in Philosophy and Literature and on Beckett adaptation in China for Theatre Research International.

Website: https://hfzx.hznu.edu.cn/c/2022-05-25/2716564.shtml 

 

Kristina Tannenbaum (2018)

Carving Out a New Future: Wayang Kulit Craftsmanship in Central Java, Indonesia. (Advisor: Dr. Kirstin Pauka) Asian Theatre

 

 Yining Lin (2015)

The Intercultural Process of Creating Jingju Adaptations of Western Literature in the 21st Century (Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak) Asian Theatre

Current position:

Yining is currently working at Cleveland Play House as the Manager of Partnerships, working primarily with the Education and Artistic Departments to bring partners to thousands of Cleveland students for 16 after school programs. Artistically, she works to bring community partners to enhance CPH mainstage shows. She has also been working as a freelance dramaturge, focusing on AAPI theatre and new work in Cleveland and Florida. She has also been busy writing book reviews and is looking forward to the publication of her forthcoming co-authored article on Chinese dance education in the United States for the Journal of Dance Education

 

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