BSR Contributor Since July 23, 2019
Brad Rothbart (they/them pronouns) is a non-binary, multivalent theaterworker, a hopeless utopian, and a diaresis fanboy. In addition to BSR, their writing has appeared in TheatreForum and American Theatre.
Brad Rothbart is currently working as a freelance dramaturg and theater theorist. They graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989. From 1992-1997 they performed and toured with The Living Theatre. In 1994, Brad became one of the original members of the RAT Conference, a loose association of alternative theaters across the United States. 1995 brought an opportunity to perform and present at the ThisAbility Conference in Ann Arbor, a conference that spawned the seminal disability arts film, Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back.
During the 1999-2000 theater season, Brad created and curated a reading series called Underground Voices: From the Marginalized to the Transgressive at Theatre Double in Philadelphia. The series presented under-heard American playwrights who are dedicated to stretching the boundaries of the theatrical experience. TheatreForum published Brad's academic essay Ahistoricity, Multiplicity and Velocity: Radical Discontinuity and its Effects on the Dramaturgical Process in TF 21 (Summer/Fall 2001). They graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with an MA in Drama. Their essay, Once More Unto The Breach: An Anatomized Philippic Regarding the Relationship of Disability to the Contemporary American Theatre, was published by American Theatre in October 2015.