Jeffrey Gan


Learn more about Jeffery Gan, a dramaturg, performer and PhD candidate in Performance as Public Practice.

Jeffrey Gan is a dramaturg, performer and Ph.D. in Theatre candidate in the Performance as Public Practice program. He holds a M.A. in Theatre with a specialization in performance as public practice as well as a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Theatre from American University. His dissertation explores performance, racial assimilation and food among Indonesian diaspora communities in the Netherlands and California. Gan’s writing on Dutch Indo cultural practices has been published in Hyperallergic, Performance Research and Situations. He has held fellowships at the Center for Craft, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and the Foreign Language and Area Studies in Dutch through the UT Austin Center for European Studies and has participated in the Critical Language Scholarship Program for advanced Indonesian study at the State University of Malang. As a dramaturg, Gan has collaborated on projects for Salvage Vanguard Theater, Liberation Theater Company and Charles O. Anderson/Dance Theater X, among others. Gan dramaturged Benjamin Akio Kimitch’s Tiger Hands, which was developed at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, premiered as part of the The Shed's 2022 Open Call program and won a Bessie Award for outstanding choreographer/creator. Gan's installation work has been exhibited by Center Space Project/TEDxUTAustin, The Cohen New Works Festival and W139 in Amsterdam. Gan has performed central Javanese gamelan music with Kyai Rosowibowo in the Butler School of Music and Gamelan Wiludyeng at Het Gamelanhuis in Amsterdam. Gan studies and dances with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese performance ensemble in South Berkeley, California.


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