Black Performance Theory

BPT 2002

A performer with a black hood, leans against a wall in a squat with their hands in the air while a projected image is displayed on the wall behind them.

Theorizing As If Race Matters

BPT 2002 met at Stanford University, 10-11 May. The event was sponsored by the Performance Studies Workshop of the Stanford Humanities Center, the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford Univeristy, and the Department of Drama, Stanford University. Thomas DeFrantz and Richard C. Green convened the event.

Conference Support and Logistics were graciously provided by Brandi Catanese.


  • Hershini Bhana — Assistant Professor, UC Riverside
  • Ananya Chatterjea — Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz — Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harry Elam, Jr. — Associate Professor, Stanford University
  • Nadine George-Graves — Assistant Professor, Yale University
  • Richard C. Green III — Assistant Chair, Parsons School of Design
  • E. Patrick Johnson — Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Jason King — Associate Chair, New York University
  • Marya Annette Mcquirter — Independent Scholar
  • Fernando Passos — Assistant Professor, Florida State University
  • Venus Opal Reese — Doctoral Candidate, Stanford UNiversity
  • Anna Scott — Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside


  • Faedra Chatard Carpenter — Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University
  • Brandi Catanese — Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University
  • Mae Henderson — Professor, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Peggy Phelan — Professor, New York University
  • Sandra Richards — Professor, Northwestern University


  • Kim Fowler
  • Rickerby Hinds

Black Performance Theory Meetings