Jeffery BleamJeffery Bleam

Assistant Professor
Performing Arts Center 204
Contact: (320) 308-0137

As a scholar, Jeffrey is most interested in how theatre history and practice circulate within the larger visual culture of a given time and place. He is particularly drawn toward nineteenth-century popular entertainments, early cinema, and the history and theory of photography. His work as a director and designer most often critiques and twists the ways in which we visualize and recreate the past on stage. Frequently utilizing notions of hybridity and displacement, he strives to create a mode of representation which visually questions history and its existence within the present.

Jeffrey holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters from Villanova University (Pennsylvania). His dissertation was entitled The Silver Stage: Theatre in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. He has presented research at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Mid-Atlantic Theatre Conference, the International Federation for Theatre Research, and at the University of Edinburgh’s “Visual Knowledges” conference (where he presented his study on “Performing Technology: Photography and the Actor’s Body in Nineteenth Century France”).

Outside the university, Jeffrey is an Artistic Associate of the Minneapolis-based Wicked Sister Dance Theatre. In addition to being resident costumer, he served as ensemble and interlude director for the company’s Phantasmagoria (Intermedia Arts, 2005). Most recently, he has created an original piece (“Electrization: The Peculiar Findings of Doctor Duchenne”) which was featured in the company’s 2005 Musclescapes (part of RedEye Theatre’s “Isolated Acts” series.)

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