Sebastián Calderón Bentin

Assistant Professor of Drama Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: ssc7@nyu.edu
Education: BFA New York University; MA New York University; PhD Stanford University

Research Areas: Theater and performance, cultural studies, Latin American performance


Sebastián Calderón Bentin is an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama. He holds a BFA in theater with a double major in cultural anthropology and an MA in performance studies from New York University. He received his PhD from the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.

His research interests include performance theory, mass media, theories of the baroque, and Latin American cultural studies. His writings have appeared in TDR:The Drama Review, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos and the anthology Neoliberalism and Global Theaters: Performance Permutations, edited by Lara Nielsen and Patricia Ybarra (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His current book project, Baroque States: Theatricality and Television in Contemporary Latin America, explores the historical relationship between baroque performance and contemporary mass media in Latin American politics. As a performer he has collaborated with Every House Has a Door, Witness Relocation, Anna Deavere Smith, John Jesurun, Ann Carlson, Faye Driscoll, Tim Etchells and Matthew Goulish’s Institute of Failure, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He is currently developing a stage adaptation of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film The Exterminating Angel.