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John Zibell
Works at Self
Attends University of California, Davis
Lives in Davis, CA
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  • University of California, Davis
    Performance Studies, 2009 - present
    MFA Directing from UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance PhD (3rd year candidate) UC Davis Performance Studies Graduate Group
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Performance Artist, Actor, Film Director, Performance Studies / Media Scholar
Bodied-storymaking practices, media-making, improvisational techniques, research, teaching (artistic practices, media, theatre, performance art)
  • Self
    Artist, 1966 - present
    John Zibell's practice happens in the theatre, cinema, gallery and the street and interrogates that which is fully actual within the virtual. Bringing a quarter century of art practice and political activism to research, John currently focuses his theory around two strands: technesis or the pulling of technology into discourse; and the practices of what Joe Dumit terms “Bodied story-making” within and alongside the structures of American neo-colonialism. John’s art work – scripted, scored, and/or improvised – springs from 25 years of professional performance work and rigorous training in New York in divergent disciplines from Stanislavski to Grotowski and with a diverse range of collaborators such as Mike Nichols, Diane Paulus, Paul Sills, and Andre Gregory. Currently a 3rd-year PhD candidate with a Designated Emphasis in Studies in Performance and Practice, John holds an M.F.A. in directing from the department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis. John is also an award-winning filmmaker (Sex and Violence, 2001) an actor, and a performance artist. He originated the role of Jimmy Patraglia in Joe Roland’s off-Broadway play On The Line, he acted in the controversial Indie film The War Within – on which he also served as acting coach for Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and actor Ayad Akhtar. He is currently developing a performance piece with Macarthur Genius Recipient, Guillermo Gomez-Peña (Corpo Ilicito: The Post-Human Society 6.9).
  • UC Davis
    PhD Candidate, present
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Davis, CA
Los Angeles, CA - New York, NY