Petra Kuppers


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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(this web-based CV has been static since 2009, but contains many links to projects and websites, that's why it's still up. For an updated PDF of my CV, click here. Lots of my published material is lodged at

excerpt from Career Overview Book Review by Kirsty Johnston/Performance Research, 2014

black and white photo on beach, Photographer: Lisa Steichmann
  Publications Artistic Practice Teaching  



Books (academic)

Studying Disability Arts and Culture. Palgrave, hb/pb 2014. Review by Georgina Kleege, in Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape. Palgrave, 2011 (paperback 2013)

Somatic Engagement (ed). Chain Links Press, 2009.


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Publishers Abstract: Disability and Contemporary Performance presents a remarkable challenge to existing assumptions about disability and artistic practice. In particular, it explores where cultural knowledge about disability leaves off, and the lived experience of difference begins. Petra Kuppers, herself an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways in which disabled performers challenge, change and work with current stereotypes through their work. She explores freak show fantasies and 'medical theatre' as well as live art, webwork, theatre, dance, photography and installations, to cast an entirely new light on contemporary identity politics and aesthetics.
This is an outstanding exploration of some of the most pressing issues in performance, cultural and disability studies today, written by a leading practitioner and critic.


Books (Poetry)

- Cripple Poetics: A Love Story. A Collaboration with Neil Marcus. With photographs by Lisa Steichmann. Homofactus Press, August 2008. Review.

Books (Editions)

Guest Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly. Changing Images of Disability. 19.3 (1999)


Journal Links (older, list closed 2009)

Artistic Experience (Selection)

Directing (since 1998 as Artistic Director of The Olimpias

Directing for Camera

Assorted Links

Current Teaching

University of Michigan, performance studies/disability studies

Goddard College, Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts