Performing Fugue: Desire, Denial, and Death in Jesus Camp Queen


  • Patrick Santoro Governors State University


The following critical response compares Angela J. Latham’s solo performance, Jesus Camp Queen, to a musical fugue. Playing with fugal form on the page, and highlighting the insights of scholars and practitioners of personal narrative performance, the author illuminates the layered and intimate demands of composing the self across social, cultural, and political contexts.

Author Biography

Patrick Santoro, Governors State University

Patrick Santoro is an associate professor of theatre and performance studies at Governors State University, where he teaches courses in storytelling, performance and social change, performance art, performing culture and identity, directing, and writing as performance. His research explores loss, identity, and gender and sexuality through practices such as performance, auto/ethnography, and experimental and documentary video production, and has appeared in journals such as Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, International Review of Qualitative Research, Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, and Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal.