Welcome to Performance Studies

College of Arts and Sciences


The Performance Studies Lab creates student and faculty work that treats performance as an experiment. Our work draws from literature, cultural ritual, rites of passage, political action, civic engagement, and visual culture. The Lab was launched in 2013 by an interdisciplinary group of scholar-artists to produce performances, host festivals, and collaborate with local, national, and international artists.

All of our projects view performance from two perspectives: as an object to be analyzed (as if in a scientific laboratory) and as a way to share our creative research with audiences. Our annual season runs from September through April and includes a series of performances staged at Xavier, participation in national festivals, and student workshops.