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Lauren Bakst

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of English at Penn. I have a BA/BFA in Gender Studies and Dance from Hollins University.

My research focuses on performance studies and the forms of sociality embedded in experimental performance practices. I am particularly interested in the possible alliances and tensions between performance and pedagogy. My work is informed by Black studies and theories of gender and sexuality.

At Penn, I co-organize the Poetry & Poetics Working Group (2021-22). I am a recipient of a 2022 Sachs Grant for Arts Innovation which will support the forthcoming School for Temporary Liveness, Vol. 3.

Previously, I have taught at University of the Arts and the Cooper Union. My writing on contemporary performance has been published in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory and BOMB Magazine. I have served as the Managing Editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal. My performance work has been presented throughout New York City in spaces such as the Kitchen, the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Pioneer Works, SculptureCenter, and the Drawing Center. I have held fellowships and residencies at the New Museum, ImpulsTanz, New York Art Residency & Studios, Chez Bushwick, and Center for Performance Research. My chapbook, more problems with form or, desire notes or, still woman was published by Wendy's Subway. I plan and curate the ongoing project, the School for Temporary Liveness.

Courses Taught

fall 2021