Dr. James Ball III
Areas of Research/Interest:
Diplomacy and Performance; Performance and Activism; Performance and the Law; Performance and Technology; Theatre and War; Interactive, Immersive, and Participatory Theatre; Comedy/Satire; Theories of Spectatorship; Theatricality; Speech Act Theory; Carnival Theory; Adaptation; Theatre and Gaming; Drama and Performance Theory; Shakespeare.
James R Ball III studies the politics of performance and the performance of politics, analyzing both the theatrical structures that underwrite public political events and aesthetic performances that seek to intervene in political processes. His book manuscript, Theatre of State: Theatricality and Spectatorship in International Institutions, considers the historical relationship between theatre and the United Nations and International Criminal Court, proposing that diplomatic and theatrical performance are mutually constitutive phenomena in a cohesive field of practices. Dr. Ball’s work emphasizes the forms of theatricality that situate individuals as engaged spectators to global politics.
Dr. Ball’s research on spectatorship has also led to a special interest in immersive and interactive performance genres, and he has developed ongoing research projects on performing robots, theatre and war, and civic dramaturgy. His work has been published in TDR: The Drama Review and e-misférica, and been presented at numerous interdisciplinary conferences. Dr. Ball produced and directed theatre in New York City and Washington, DC. Dr. Ball has taught courses on Cold War theatre, adaptation and intertextuality, carnival and festive cultures, politics and performance, spectacle, Shakespeare, and interactive theatre.