Brandon Woolf

Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

brandon-bioBrandon Woolf is a theater maker and a scholar of performance currently based in Berlin, Germany. In August 2014, he completed his Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.  Brandon is currently at work on a book project about the evolution of performing arts policy in post-Wall Berlin  the German capital city serves as a paradigmatic site to explore the ways in which theater and performance provide us with both a conceptual and practical means to reshape our institutions of public life. In both his scholarship and theater practice, Brandon works to facilitate conversations and collaborations between academics, artists, arts (and other) administrators, and activists. To this end, he has published articles in academic journals like Theatre Journal and TDR: The Drama Review, but also in more popular outlets such as HowlRound and The Arts PoliticBrandon is also the co-founder and co-director of two public performance ensembles – The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP) and Shakespeare im Park Berlin – both of which are committed, in different ways, to performance as a social practice. These groups have been featured in scholarly forums like Theatre Survey and South Atlantic Quarterly, as well as in more popular outlets such as the London Guardian, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and Robert Reich’s 2013 film Inequality for All.  Brandon’s work has been generously supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the DAAD, the Berlin Program for Advanced Studies, and the Program for Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. You can find out more about all of his projects, past and present, at