Chair of Theater and Dance, Professor (on leave, Spring 2023)
Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento is an artist-scholar with an interest in experimental, ensemble, and
dance-theater performance. She is the author of After the Long Silence: The Theater of Brazil’s
Post-Dictatorship Generation and Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work:
Foreign Bodies of Knowledge, both from Routledge. Her articles appear internationally in theater
and performance studies anthologies, as well as in journals such as A[l]berto and Folhetim
(Brazil), Biblioteca Teatrale (Italy), Didaskalia (Poland), Studia Dramatica (Romania), and TDR
and Theater Research International (United States).
Tatinge Nascimento began a professional stage career while living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In
the United States, she performed with Cleveland’s New World Performance Laboratory in
Europe, North and South America, and participated in Jerzy Grotowski’s final Objective Drama
Session at the UC-Irvine. As a director, she received a Consulate General of Brazil in New York
Arts Grant to stage Pornographic Angel, her published adaptation of Nelson Rodrigues’ short
stories at The Ohio Theater. She is the dramaturg for Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s Here Lies the Truth,
a dance piece on social inequity that has been presented at the Overture in Madison, the Asian
Dance Festival in Honolulu, and San Francisco’s CounterPulse Festival.
Tatinge Nascimento was a fellow with the Mellon Foundation’s Renewed Purpose/Macalester
College’s Institute for Global Citizenship, and at Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts
and Humanities Research, Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities, and Freie
Universität-Berlin’s “Interweaving Performance Cultures” International Research Center. In the
spring 2023, she was an artist in residence at Caldera Arts Center. The performances that she
creates emphasize specificity and personal engagement in non-linear (and often non-narrative)
structures. Tatinge Nascimento’s current dance-theater project explores geopolitical
Tatinge Nascimento is on the editorial boards of Kotter Editorial, Latin American Theater
Review, and Pitágoras 500, and is the guest editor of special issues on contemporary Brazilian
theater in scholarly periodicals such as Theater—Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, and
Reportage and Theater Research International. In 2019 she chaired the American Society for
Theater Research (ASTR) Barnard Hewitt Prize for Outstanding Research in Theatre History in
2019 and currently serves as the organization’s Secretary. Tatinge Nascimento holds an Acting
Conservatory Degree from Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
THDA105, Seeing Performance in the Twin Cities
THDA112, Reading Plays: Latinx and Latin American Playwrights
THDA245, Performance Histories and Theories: From the Historical Avant-Garde to the Present
THDA360, Acting Approaches
THDA80, Performance Practice
Professor Tatinge Nascimento will be on sabbatical in the spring 2023.
After the Long Silence: The Theater of Brazil’s Post-Dictatorship Generation. New
York/Abindgon, UK: Routledge, 2008.
Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge. New
York/Abindgon, UK: Routledge, 2008.
Guest Editorial Contributions in Academic Journals
“Snapshot: Brazil,” introduction to a dossier on Brazilian theatre. Theatre Research
International. 42.2 (2017).
“Subversive Cannibals: Notes on Brazilian Contemporary Theater, the Other Latin America,”
introduction to a special issue on contemporary Brazilian playwrights and plays. Guest coeditor
with Thomas Sellar. Theater—Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, and Reportage. 45: 2 (2015).
Creative: Reasons for Moving, a dance-theater piece about geopolitical displacement
Here Lies the Truth (dramaturg), a dance piece about BIPOC experiences vis-à-
vis the rise of right-wing sentiment in the United States since the 2016
presidential election and subsequent social movements for racial justice.
Scholarly: “The Trouble with Performance or In Defense of Theater” (tentative title), a book-
length research project that interrogates why some of the most innovative
contemporary productions are generally viewed as “performance” rather than
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). 2005-present.
2023 NEH Summer Institute for Higher Education Faculty: Preserving and Transmitting
American Ensemble-Based Devised Theater.