Humanistic Studies (Major)

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Ph.D.—a Visiting Professor of Performance Studies and Theatre and the Interim Coordinator of the Theatre Concentration in the Humanistic Studies Department—focuses on transdisciplinary performance studies, community arts, and world dance and theater.

An Indian-American artist and scholar with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, an MFA in Dance, an MA in Liberal Studies, and a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, she is also the founding Artistic Director of Folded Paper Dance and Theatre Limited. As a 2017-18 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Artist and Scholar in Kochi, India, she recently completed Traveling Exchanges: Theatres, Architectures, and Heritage. Earlier projects include Traveling Architectures (Design Trust, Hong Kong), Water in Kerala: Art, Performance, Science (Kochi and Kollam, India), and Pier Windows (Hong Kong).

The author of Hearing Difference: The Third Ear in Experimental, Deaf, and Multicultural Theatre, the lead-editor of The Exquisite  Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game and a former editor for Theatre Topics , she is currently writing Ensembles of Innovation. Upcoming performance projects include Tracing Luminosity (a multi-media performance installation on Kuttiyattam, Kalaripayattu, and Daveli); the Traveling Architectures Project (a set of interactive portable platforms that combine dance, storytelling, fashion, and new media with a special focus on engagements with disability communities); and Ink, Ocean, and Shakespeare: Tiny Theatres at Work (a set of chamber pieces that investigate Shakespeare in cross-cultural settings).

She is very much looking forward to exploring with students, colleagues, and communities how the transdisciplinary power of performance might unfold in the context of the MICA, Baltimore, and global networks of exchange, particularly in relationship to other forms of arts, new media, ecology, architecture, heritage, and social engagements with and across diverse communities.