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Dan Bacalzo, PhD

Prog Coord/Asst Prof
Bower School of Music & the Arts
Office: Arts Complex AC - 117
Phone: 239-590-7404
Email: dbacalzo@fgcu.edu

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Education

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)

Publications

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)

Director

  • 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)

 Playwright

  • 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

Performer

  • 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.