Work with thought leaders and academic experts in performance studies

Companies can benefit from working with performance studies experts in several ways. These experts can enhance creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills within the company. They can provide insights into human behavior and emotions, helping companies understand their customers better. Performance studies experts can also improve team dynamics and customer experiences, leading to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Researchers on NotedSource with backgrounds in performance studies include Bernadette Marie Calafell, Ph.D., Saviana Condeescu, and E. Patrick Johnson.

Bernadette Marie Calafell, Ph.D.

Spokane, Washington, United States of America
Chair and Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gonzaga University
Most Relevant Research Expertise
Performance Studies
Other Research Expertise (5)
Queer of Color Critique
Gender Studies
Cultural Studies
I am the inaugural Chair and Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Gonzaga University and Editor of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. I was Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver from 2006-2019. I served as department chair, associate chair, and director of graduate studies at the University of Denver.  <br> In 2003 I graduated from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an emphasis in Performance Studies, and a secondary concentration in queer Latina/o literature and performance.  Prior to earning my doctorate at UNC-CH, I finished undergraduate and master's degrees in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. I have published articles in several journal including Text and Performance Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, The Communication Review, Communication, Culture, and Critique, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Voces: A Journal of Chicana and Latina Studies (Now Chicana/Latina Studies), Latino Studies, Review of Communication, and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. My book Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance was published by Peter Lang in 2007 as part of the series on Critical Intercultural Communication edited by Dr. Thomas Nakayama. In 2015 I published Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture. I have also co-edited several books. I was awarded the 2009 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Research in Oral Interpretation and Performance by the National Communication Association. In 2009 I was presented with the Out Through the Mind Award for tenure track faculty at the 4th Annual LGBTQIA Gala at the University of Denver.  In 2010, I was selected by the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of NCA as the Latina/o Communication Studies Scholar of the Year. The same year I was also given the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver. In 2014 I was awarded the Provost's Champion of Change Award for my Social Activism and Advocacy for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. I received the Lambda Award for outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community from the Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns of the National Communication Association in November 2017. I received the Francine Merritt Award from the Women's Caucus on NCA in November 2018. I received the 2018 Outstanding Article Award, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of the National Communication Association for “From Failure to Allyship to Feminist Solidarities: Negotiating Our Privileges and Oppressions Across Borders,” a Presidential Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Social Justice and Activism within the National Communication Association, and the 2018 Monograph of the Year Award, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division of National Communication Association for “Queer Utopias and a (Feminist) Iranian Vampire: A Critical Analysis of Resistive Monstrosity in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” co-authored with Shadee Abdi and published in Critical Studies in Media Communication. In November 2019 I received the Faculty Mentorship Award from the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association.

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Example performance studies projects

How can companies collaborate more effectively with researchers, experts, and thought leaders to make progress on performance studies?

Improving Employee Communication

A performance studies expert can help companies improve employee communication by teaching effective communication techniques, such as body language, vocal projection, and active listening. This can lead to better collaboration, reduced misunderstandings, and increased productivity.

Enhancing Customer Experiences

By analyzing customer interactions and studying the impact of performances on emotions, a performance studies expert can help companies enhance their customer experiences. They can provide valuable insights on how to create memorable and engaging experiences that leave a lasting impression.

Developing Effective Presentations

Performance studies experts can assist companies in developing effective presentations by teaching techniques such as stage presence, storytelling, and audience engagement. This can help companies deliver impactful presentations that captivate and persuade their audience.

Building High-Performing Teams

Performance studies experts can facilitate team-building workshops and exercises that promote trust, collaboration, and creativity. By incorporating performance-based activities, companies can foster a positive team culture and improve overall team performance.

Crisis Management and Public Speaking

During times of crisis, a performance studies expert can provide guidance on effective public speaking and crisis management. They can help company leaders deliver clear and empathetic messages, manage emotions, and maintain credibility in challenging situations.