SJS-Who? Performance Ethnography and a Practice-Based Pedagogy


  • Oona Hatton San Jose State University


What is the performative force of practice-based pedagogy? Are there common perceptible outcomes of students engaging in practice-based research (PBR) in a learning environment? This essay utilizes an interview-based performance that is part of a course on performance ethnography to propose three observable features of practice-based pedagogy: intimacy, accountability, and reciprocity. In addition to articulating how PBR aligns with critical performance pedagogy and the performative paradigm, the reflection suggests how one approach to teaching performance ethnography may help to illuminate PBR’s broader methodological contributions.

Author Biography

Oona Hatton, San Jose State University

Oona Hatton is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at San José State University and the co-Artistic Director of Davis Repertory Theatre. Her work has been published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RiDE), Partake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, Youth Theatre Journal, and PUBLIC: Imagining America.