Jennifer Parker-Starbuck


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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr. Jennifer Parker-Starbuck is the author of Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, paperback 2014), Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (co-authored with S. Bay-Cheng and D. Saltz, University of Michigan Press, 2015), and co-editor of Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices, (Palgrave, 2015). Her "Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse" (Theatre Journal, Vol. 65, Number 3, October 2013) received the ATHE 2014 Outstanding Article award.

Her essays and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, PAJ, Women and Performance, Theatre Topics, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Western European Stages, and others. She is a contributing editor for PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and an Advisory Board member of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Parker-Starbuck currently serves as the co-Editor of Theatre Journal.

Her work has focused upon the historical and theoretical implications of new media/multimedia and its relationship to the body in performance. This work with multimedia has expanded to include work on cyborg performance, trauma and memory in performance, dis/ability in performance, feminism, live art practices, and animality and the non-human. She has studied avant-garde and experimental theatre in both theory and practice and has a degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended the Experimental Theatre Wing and the Directing Programme. She is also interested in practices and applications of contemporary acting, directing, and theatre-making as well as contemporary American and European performance.

Research interests

Animality and performance, 'Cyborg' and multimedia performance, contemporary and cultural corporeality and performance practices.

Recent publication and research consider questions of human/non-human-animal/technological relationships in performance practices.


Parker-Starbuck is the Editor of Theatre Journal (through 2019) and an active member of ATHE, ASTR, PSi, and TaPRA, and is the Co-Founder of the Performance Studies Focus Group ATHE Preconference with Josh Abrams. She was the co-convenor of the Performance and the Body Working Group of TaPRA with Roberta Mock and Lib Taylor from 2007-2012. She is a Contributing Editor for PAJ: A Journal of Art and Performance, an Editorial board member of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and on the Advisory Board of European Stages, Ed. Marvin Carlson and Senior Academic Advisor of Antennae, the Juornal of Nature in Visual Culture

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Theatre, PhD, Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance, The Graduate Center City University of New York

Award Date: 5 May 2005

External positions

Editor, Theatre Journal


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