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Bacalzo, Dan (PhD)

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
Bower School of Music & the Arts
Office: AC 0117
Phone: 239-590-7404

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Ph.D. Performance Studies New York University
M.A. Performance Studies New York University
B.F.A. Theatre Performance Wichita State University
B.A. English Literature Wichita State University

Research and Teaching Interests

Primary Scholarly Interests: 
  • Community-based Performance
  • Asian American Theatre
  • Dramaturgy
  • Devised Performance
  • Theatre History

Courses Offered

Applied Theatre (THE 3540)
Creating New Theatre (TPP 4601)
Devising Performance (TPP 3293)
Ecologies of Performance (THE 3560)
Foundations of Civic Engagement (IDS 3300)
Hnrs: Community-based Performance (IDH 3930)
Script Analysis (THE 3303)
Survey of Dramatic Literature (THE 2300)
Theatre Appreciation (THE 2000)
Theatre History (THE 2100)


Selected List

  • 2019    “Asian American Experimental Theatre and Solo Performance.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2015    “David Henry Hwang’s Golden Opportunities.” In The Theatre of David Henry Hwang by Esther Kim Lee. Methuen Drama, 141-152.
  • 2009    “The One That She Wants: Margaret Cho, Mediatization, and Autobiographical Performance.” Embodying Asian/American Sexualities, ed. by Gina Masequesmay and Sean Metzger. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 43-50.
  • 2003    “A Different Drum: David Henry Hwang’s Musical ‘Revisal’ of Flower Drum Song.The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Vol. 15, No. 2, 71-83.
  • 2001    “Portraits of Self and Other: SlutForArt and the Photographs of Tseng Kwong Chi.” Theatre Journal. Vol. 53, No. 1, 73-94.

Conference Presentations

Selected List
  • 2019 "Empathy and Environment in The Jungle" - Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2018 "An Ecocritical Perspective on Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People" - Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2016 "Global Flows of Capital and Terror: An Analysis of Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand" - Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Miami, FL
  • 2016 "Extreme Actions: Dissent and Mutability in The World of Extreme Happiness" - Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • 2015 "The Inexplicable Redemption of Misrepresentation: The Vietnam of Vampire Cowboys" - Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Chicago, IL
  • 2014 "David Henry Hwang and the Politics of Nostalgia" - Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 "David Henry Hwang's Golden Opportunities" - Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM

Grants & Awards

Florida Gulf Coast University

  • 2019    Scholarship-Research Venture Capital Fund
  • 2019    Communities in Transition Grant
  • 2019    Professional Development Fund Grant
  • 2018    Aquila Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship Support
  • 2017    FGCU Innovative Assignment Award Grant
  • 2017    Seidler Undergraduate Scholarly Collaboration Fellowship
  • 2016    Professional Development Fund Grant
  • 2016    FGCU Innovative Assignment Award Grant


Outside FGCU

  • 2015    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar Grant

Creative Work (selected list)


  • 2019                Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • 2004                Unaccessorized by Rich Kiamco, New York International Fringe Festival
  • 2003                The Virginity Monologues by Aileen Cho, Pelican Studio Theater
  • 2002                Reddy or Not by Gita Reddy, St. Mark’s Theater

 Dramaturg/Script Consultant

  • 2015-2019       Guinea Pig Lab (resident dramaturg for theater company)
  • 2017-2018       Your Florida Fantasy by Zachary Michael Jack (produced April 2018)
  • 2017                Ice’s Crossing by Ron Pullins (produced March 2017)
  • 2016                Unanchored by Lisa Sillaway (produced November 2016)
  • 2016                f*sh by Lisa Sillaway (produced January 2016)


  • 2003                Say Something, Pelican Studio Theater

 Writer/Solo Performer

  • 1998-2002       Sort of Where I’m Coming From, multiple venues
  • 1996-1998       I’m Sorry, But I Don’t Speak the Language, multiple venues


  • 2017                Maple & Vine, “Ryu,” Naples Players
  • 2013                Exhibit Q: Queer Bodies, “Ensemble,” New Museum
  • 2003                Say Something, “Tim,” Peeling
  • 2001                Dark Thoughts, “Dan,” Dixon Place
  • 2001                Sins, “Ensemble,” Peeling
  • 2000                Second Skin, “Ensemble,” Peeling

Artistic Director

  • 2001-2003       Peeling, an Asian American writing and performance collective



Dr. Bacalzo also currently serves as FGCU’s Theatre Program Coordinator. See CV (updated Fall 2019) for more detailed information.