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Thomas F. Defrantz

Advisory Board

Evanston, IL

Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, group explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Believes in our shared capacity to do better and engage creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. Books: Routledge Companion to African American Theater and Performance (with Kathy Perkins, Sandra Richards, and Renee Alexander Craft, 2018), Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion (with Philipa Rothfield, 2016),  Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings (with Anita Gonzalez, 2014), Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002), whichreceived the CHOICE award for Outstanding Academic Publication and the 2003 Errol Hill Award, and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (2004) that received the 2004 de la Torre Bueno Prize for outstanding publication in Dance. DeFrantz convenes the Black Performance Theory working group as well as the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, a growing consortium of 325 researchers committed to exploring Black dance practices in writing.

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