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Mohamadreza Babaee

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Digital Art and New Media
first-year mfa students

Mohamadreza Babaee is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, originally from Tehran, Iran. He primarily engages with everyday and artistic representations of the Middle East vis-a-vis migration and surveillance discourses. He frequently presents at theatre and performance studies conferences and his writing has appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He is currently preparing an essay about the racial genealogy of post-9/11 border crossing at the US-Canadian border. 

Mohamadreza is also an active art maker. By relying on his substantial theatre and performance training, he incorporates his scholarship into a practice of creating performances that are diverse in form. From staging dramatic scripts to producing postdramatic performances and multimedia installations, he is committed to promoting accurate images of Muslim and Middle Eastern immigrants in diasporic contexts. His current projects include two interactive digital pieces, one about the human cost of US military drones operating in the broader Middle East and another about the forgotten history of black slavery in Iran.

Mohamadreza holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University.

Research Interests: 

Performance Studies; Middle East Studies; Migration Studies; Critical Surveillance Studies; Critical Race Theory; Queer of Color Critique.

Selected Publications: 

"Staging Belonging: Performance, Migration, and the Middle Eastern Diaspora in the United States," a doctoral dissertation. Department of Theatre and Film, Bowling Green State University, 2020. 

“Performing (In)visible Bodies in Unpacked: Refugee Baggage,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, vol. 34 no. 2, 2020, p. 53-70.

Kantor, Tadeusz, Marek Świca, Jarosaw Suchan, et al. Tadeusz Kantor:Interior of Imagination, translated by Mohamadreza Babaee and Keyvan Sareshte (Tehran: Namayesh Publication, 2013).

Selected Performances: 

Designer, Hamlet: A Landscape, recreated for private viewing, BGSU Department of Theatre and Film, Fall 2019.

Dramaturg, You Got Older, BGSU Department of Theatre and Film 2018 – 2019 Season.

Dramaturg, The Sleeper, BGSU Department of Theatre and Film Elsewhere Season 2018 – 2019.

Designer, Seltzer, online performance posted nightly on Instagram for thirty days, Fall 2016.

Director, Invisible Project series, Spring 2014 - Winter 2015.

Lighting Designer, The Man Whom Wind Blew in his Skirt, 15th International Puppet Theatre Festival   of Tehran, Iran, Winter 2012.

Director, The Supporters, System Group Company, Tehran, Iran, Winter 2012.

Designer and co-director, Sitting in the Dark, 13th Experimental Theatre Festival, University of Tehran, Iran, Fall 2012.

Director; Innocent Abomination of a Phone Call, University of Tehran, Iran, Spring 2011.

 

Selected Presentations: 

“Choreography of Borders: Performing Middle Eastern Racial Mobility in Saba Zavarei’s Looking for Tehran.” Transnational   Performance Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Arlington, VA, November 2019.

Unpacked: Refugee Baggage: Performing Middle Eastern Cultural Memory,” rev., finalists panel, Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 2019.

“Defamiliarizing Color-Consciousness: Casting Catherine Butterfield’s The Sleeper.” Co-presented  with Dennis Sloan. Theatre Practice Symposium, Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), Cleveland, OH, March 2019.

“Unpacked: Refugee Baggage: Performing Middle Eastern Cultural Memory.” Moving San Diego: Sites, Senses, and Bodies Working Group, ASTR Forum, San Diego, CA, November 2018.

“Tehran to Miami: The (Queer) Performance of Migration,” rev. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Symposium, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, March 2018.

“Zar: Exorcizing the Demon of Black Slavery in 19th Century Iran.” Theatre History Symposium, MATC, Milwaukee, WI, March 2018.

“Tehran to Miami: The (Queer) Performance of Migration.” Transient Performance Working Group, ASTR, Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

“Tehran – Miami: Disclosetedness of Immigration.” The Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 2017.

Honors and Awards: 

Outstanding International Graduate Student Award, Graduate Student Senate, Bolwing Green State University, 2020.

ASTR/Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Arlington, VA, 2019.

Elizabeth S. Regan Dissertation/Thesis Travel Fund, Department of Theatre and Film, Bowling Green State University, 2019.

Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, Bowling Green State University, 2019.

Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Award, ASTR. San Diego, CA, 2018.

Women’s, Gender, And Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Essay Contest, “Tehran to Miami – A (Queer) Performance of Migration,” Bowling Green State University, 2018.

The Bright Talents National Fellowship for Graduate Studies, University of Tehran, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran, 2012.

Creativity Award, 13th Experimental Theatre Festival, University of Tehran, Iran, 2012.

Tuition Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies, University of Tehran, Iran, 2007.