Bryan Reynolds

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Reynolds’ research spans several disciplines, including critical theory, history, performance studies, social semiotics, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, dramatic literature, and African and Middle Eastern studies. It focuses on the experience, articulation, and performance of consciousness, subjectivity, affects, and sociocultural formations, particularly the ideologies, politics, passions, and geographies that define them, both on and off the stage.

His publications include, as author, Excess & Joy: Philosophical Transversations (2022); Intermedial Theater: Performance Philosophy, Transversal Poetics, and the Future of Affect (2017); Transversal Subjects: From Montaigne to Deleuze after Derrida (2009); Transversal Enterprises in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Fugitive Explorations (2006); Performing Transversally: Reimagining Shakespeare and the Critical Future (2003); Becoming Criminal: Transversal Performance and Cultural Dissidence in Early Modern England (2002); and as editor or co-editor, Performance Studies: Key Words, Concepts, and Theories (2015); The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies, Vol. 2 (2014); The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies: Tarrying with the SubjunctiveCritical Responses to Kiran Desai (2009); Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern English Stage (2005); and Shakespeare Without Class: Misappropriations of Cultural Capital (2000). Other publications by Reynolds can be found on

Books in progress include: as co-author, with Mark LeVineArt Beyond the Edge: Creativity and Conflict in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (forthcoming from UC Press); as author, Toward a Performance Philosophy of Extreme Sports from Skiing to Motocross: Reimagining Worlds; as co-editor, with Mark LeVine, Theater of Immediacy: Social Change and Revolutionary Performance in the Middle East and Africa.

Reynolds is also a playwright, director, performer, and cofounder and Artistic Director of the Amsterdam-based Transversal Theater Company, which has produced a number of his plays in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, including: Unbuckled; Woof, Daddy; Railroad; Blue Shade; Lumping in Fargo; Eve's Rapture; The Green Knight; Nabi Saleh; Fractalicious!No Erasure; Curie, Curie;  Interview the Dead; After Images, or Marie Curie Remembers. Some of his plays can be found on



B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1989);
M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard University (1991; 1997).

Distinguished Professor / Claire Trevor Professor
Ph.D. Harvard University
Performance Activism Worldwide, Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, Critical Theory, Transversal Poetics, Feminist Theory, Performance Theory, Cultural Studies, Postmodernism, Extreme Sports
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