Andrew Brown received their Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is currently Assistant Professor of Performance Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Their teaching and research is situated at the intersections of Performance Studies, Visual Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies. Particular areas of interest include: devising and adaptation, aesthetic activism around race, migration, sexuality, and the environment, transnational performance and queer performance. Andrew is the recipient of the Dwight Conquergood Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Robert S. Breen Memorial Award for Engaged Performance both awarded by Northwestern University as well as the Faculty Senate Diversity and Social Justice Research Grant and a Pilot Project Grant from Western Washington University.
As a mixed media performance artist, Andrew’s work draws on installation, sound art, visual art and digital media alongside live performance to explore relationships between gender and sexuality, technology and memory/history. Their pieces Fat Camp, Mother May I?, And Now To Honor America, Row Row Row and Home/Affair have been performed in New York City, London, Cape Town, Providence and Mexico City.
Their research draws on five years of collaborative ethnographic performances made with queer refugees in South Africa. These performances on stage and in everyday life work to create alternative representations of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity on the continent and in Diaspora. Their book project, Staging Statelessness: Performance, Law and Digital Media argues that performance constructs experimental geographies of African sexuality and re-imagines the established visuality of queer refugees in transnational law and performance. Their work has been published in Women and Performance, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International and the edited volume Performing Arts Resources: A Tyranny of Documents and Theatre Research International.