Visiting Assistant Professor

Theater 207A


Malin Palani received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.  Her dissertation research examines contemporary performance from the perspective of a relational ontology—theorizing encounter with the more-than-human objects, animals, landscapes, and machines and technology in performance.  As an artist and scholar, Malin is also interested in how practice and research are bound together.  She is certified in Reiki Healing and has training in advanced meditation practices and Body-Mind Centering. 


Theatre and Performance Theory and Practice Seminars:

  • Theorizing the Body/Embodying Theory
  • Body, Image, Text: A Critical and Creative Exploration of Art and Life

Introduction to Theatre
Acting for Non-Majors
Introduction to Dance  


Machines to Live In: Performing Rarig Center, Graduate-Undergraduate Collaboration with Angela Olson and Tom Lloyd, University of Minnesota: Spring 2009

The Woyzeck Project, Creative Collaboration based on Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, Collaboration with Michael Sommers, Luverne Seifert, and Carl Flink, University of Minnesota: Spring 2008 and Fall 2008

Explosion of a Memory/Description of a Picture by Heiner Müller, Director, Dramaturg, and Designer, University of Minnesota, Xperimental Theatre: Fall 2007

Solo performance for a night of Big Ideas in a Small World, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Spring 2007

Outlying Islands by David Greig, Directed by Joanne Zerdy, Set Designer, University of Minnesota: Spring 2007 

The Bacchae Project, Creative collaboration sponsored by Crisis Point Theatre, performance on the University of Minnesota mall: Spring 2007

Die Hamletmaschine by Heiner Müller, Director, Dramaturg, Designer, University of Minnesota, Xperimental Theatre: Fall 2006 and Remount for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Theatre de la Jeune Lune: Summer 2007

The Black Nativity, Dramaturg and Archivist, Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Fall 2004, Funded by a Grant with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs


American Society for Theatre Research, Debating the Stakes in Theatre and Performance Scholarship
Paper: “Dancing With Fukushima: Encountering an Injured Landscape and the Practice of Performance”
Ecology and/of/in Performance Working Group
Portland, Oregon, November 2015 

36th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference, Inspiration
Paper: “Little Inspirations in a Relational World”
Acting and Directing Symposium
Kansas City, Missouri, March 2015

American Society for Theatre Research, What Performs
Paper: “Ongoing Relationality”
Working Session: What Philosophy
Baltimore, Maryland, November 2014

32nd Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference, In the Company of the Classics
Paper: “Directing Die Hamletmaschine: Companionship and the Creative Process”
Acting and Directing Symposium
Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2011 

American Society for Theatre Research, Embodying Power: Work over Time
Paper: “Between the Living and the Dead: Creativity and Hijikata Tatsumi’s Butoh”
Working Session: The Power of the Absent Body
Seattle, Washington, November 2010

Theatre and Performance Research Association
Paper: “Keeping a Corpse: Antonin Artaud, Hijikata Tatsumi, and the Plagued Body”
Working Group: Performance and the Body
University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales, September 2010 

Forming and De-Forming the Human Body
Paper: “Unbearable Reality: Hybridity, Seduction, and Embodiment”
Panel: Hybridization and Post-Humanization: Re(trans)forming the Body
Graduate Association of French and Italian Students
University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2010 

Minds, Bodies, Machines
Panel Chair
Panel: Terribly-Destructive Turmoil
Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, University of London, July 2007 

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, What Does it Mean to be a Citizen
Panel Co-Chair
University of Minnesota, May/June 2007


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Dissertation: Performance With Others

B.A., University of Northern Iowa, Department of Design, Family, and Consumer Sciences

B.A., Northwestern College, Department of Art