Chair of Theatre and Dance, Professor

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Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento is an artist-scholar with a particular interest in experimental performance. The author of Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge (Routledge, 2008), her current scholarly project examines the performances of Brazil’s postdictatorship generation. Tatinge Nascimento is on the editorial boards of Latin American Theatre Review, Theater Research International, and Pitágoras, 500, and her articles appear internationally in journals such as A[l]berto and  Folhetim (Brazil), Biblioteca Teatrale (Italy), Didaskalia (Poland), Studia Dramatica (Romania), and TDR and Theatre Research International (United States). She is the guest editor of special issues on contemporary Brazilian theater in prestigious scholarly periodicals such as Theater—Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, and Reportage and Theatre Research International. 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. In recent years, Tatinge Nascimento was a fellow 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, as well as a scholar with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards during “Tracing Roads Across.” 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.

Areas of Teaching Expertise


Macalester Courses

THDA110: Introduction to Theatre Studies

Selected Publications

Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Guest Editorial Contributions in Academic Journals
“Snapshot: Brazil,” a dossier on Brazilian theatre. Theatre Research International. 42.2 (2017).

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).

Current Project
“After the Long Silence: The Theater of Brazil’s Post-Dictatorship Generation.” Book manuscript, under revision.

Chapters in anthologies
“Brazilian Contemporary Theater: Memories of Violence on the Post-Dictatorship Stage.” History, Memory, Performance. David Dean, Yana Meerzon, and Kathryn Prince, eds. Studies in International Performance Series. Janelle Reinelt and Brian Singleton, eds. London: Palgrave, 2014. 203-21.

“Brazil’s Teatro da Vertigem: Theatrical Expedition to the Monster’s Belly.” Fictional Realities/Real Fictions. Contemporary Theatre in Search of a New Mimetic Paradigm. Mateusz Borowski and Malgorzata Sugiera, eds. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 165-78.

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). 2005-present.
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). 2008-present.
International Federation for Theatre Research/Fédération Internationale
pour la Recherche Théâtrale (IFTR/FIRT). 2002-present.