Paul Bonin-Rodriguez


Learn about writer-performer, and dancer, Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriquez's scholarly writing.

Area Head, Performance as Public Practice Graduate Advisor Associate Professor, Performance as Public Practice

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez's research and teaching focus on the systems of support for arts professionals and follows from his extensive career as an artist and administrator. At The University of Texas at Austin, he has received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, the Signature Course Inclusive Classroom Award and the Distinguished Teaching Awards from the College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre and Dance. He was the founding chair (2016-20) of the undergraduate Minor in Arts Management and Administration, which provides students with arts leadership training in the nonprofit and commercial sectors. His first book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (2015), assesses how arts policy research and development initiatives since the 1990s have radically reshaped artists’ practices nationwide. His forthcoming book, Groundwork: Race, Equity and the Network-based Infrastructure for U.S. Artists, analyzes the influence of artist networks since the 1970's and 80's. Nationally, he served as the co-editor for Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts (2018-2023) and a liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (2016-2024)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

We're a highly collaborative department. It's a pleasure to work with colleagues and students who are so committed to advancing the field of performance.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

Austinites tend to dream big.


Cultural policy, arts entrepreneurship, artist professional development, performance and dance studies

Cultural Policy and the Arts, the Business of Self-Marketing; Performance as Public Practice, The Working Artist, Supervised Teaching in Theatre and Dance, The Power of Story, Art (Your) Money and the Nation, Proseminar in Performance as Public Practice, Contemporary Theory and Performing LGBTQ+


Groundwork: Race, Equity and the Network-based Infrastructure for U.S. Artists (in-progress)

Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-First Century. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 227 pages.

Articles and Book Chapters

“A Weekend in the Texas Hill Country and Sondheim’s Invitation to Play,” co-authored with Zachary Dorsey, invited article for Studies in Musical Theatre, special issue.

“Sondheim from the Side,” Eds. Stacy Wolf and Jack Isaac Pryor. Anticipated 2024. 

“How Do We Do the Queer Canon?,” co-authored with Zachary Dorsey, Michelle Dvoskin, Lindsey Mantoan, Eleanor Owicki, Jaclyn Pryor, and Ramón Rivera-Servera.

"The Next Act: Approaches to the Problems of Theatre Canons." Eds. Angela Farr Schiller, Lindsey Mantoan, and Matt More. New York: Routledge, 2022. 

“The ROOTS of Applied Theatre Economics.” Invited essay in Applied Theatre: Economies. Ed. Molly Mullen. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018. 184-200.

“How a Nation Actually Works: Preparing Undergraduates for Activist Citizenship through the Arts,” co-authored with Charlotte Canning.

Invited essay for Theatre, Performance and Theories of Change. Eds. Tamara Underiner and Stephani Etheridge-Woodson. London: Palgrave, 2017. 

“HOMES at the ends of the WORLD: Repertoires of Access and Agency Out of New WORLD Theater (1979-2009).”

Essay in An Unimagined Space: Beyond the Legacy of the New WORLD Theater. Ed. Chinua Thelwell. London: Routledge, 2016. 73-81.

“The Staged Business of Writing for/about Art: Artists in Public Practice.” Theatre Topics 16.1 (2014): 25-37.

“What’s in a Name: Typifying Artist Entrepreneurship in Community-Based Training.” Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts 1.1 (2012): 9-24.

Editorials and Book Reviews

“The Modern Artist, Alcalde Alumni Magazine, UT-Austin, July 11, 2017.

“How to Embrace Your Worthiness in the Face of Adversity,” The Well, April 6, 2017.

“The Case for Bachelor of Arts: What Betsy deVos Doesn’t Understand about the ‘Noble Pursuit,’”Hechinger Report, March 27, 2018

“How Slashing the NEA Would Damage the US Economy,” co-authored with Charlotte Canning, Truthout, March 19, 2017

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