Wigeland Visiting Professor
Committee on Theater and Performance Studies

Freddie Rokem is Wigeland Visiting Professor in Theater & Performance Studies returning to UChicago in autumn quarter 2020. Freddie is one of the most renowned and influential theorists and historians of European theater and performance traditions. He is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Theatre at Tel Aviv University, where he was the Dean of the Faculty of the Arts (2002-2006) and held the Emanuel Herzikowitz Chair for 19th and 20th Century Art (2006-2016). He has been a visiting professor at many universities in the United States, Germany, Finland and Sweden, and is also a practicing dramaturg.


TAPS 26510/36510 Drama/Theatre/Performance and Philosophy (Spring 2017)
TAPS 28310/38310 Ingmar Bergman: Cinema & Theater (Spring 2017)
TAPS 26310/36310 Dramaturgical Investigations of Antigone: Violence and Resistance with Amy Stebbins (Spring 2018)
TAPS 26330/36330 The Appearance of Gods, Angels and Ghosts in Modern Drama and Theater and on the Screen (Spring 2018)
TAPS 30700 Shakespearean Dramaturgies: Text/Medium/Performance and the Magic of the Theatre (Spring 2019)
TAPS 22900 Introduction to Theater & Performance Studies (Spring 2019)

Selected Publications

His more recent books are Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (2010; translated into Italian and Polish; to appear in German and Hebrew); Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (2010, co-edited with Jeanette Malkin); Strindberg's Secret Codes (2004) and the prize-winning book Performing History: Theatrical Representations of the Past in Contemporary Theatre (2000; translated into German and Polish). He was the editor of Theatre Research International from 2006-2009, and was a founding co-editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan book series Performance Philosophy from 2013-2017.

Additional reading and viewing

Online selection of publications: https://telaviv.academia.edu/FreddieRokem

Interview with Freddie Rokem for Theater, Performance, Philosophy Conference 2014

YouTube recordings:
When Gesture Becomes Event - 2014 Lecture
The Logic/in Tragedy: Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannos - 2013 Lecture