Ball III, James individual record
Associate Professor

James R Ball III studies the politics of performance and the performance of politics, analyzing both the theatrical structures that underwrite public political events and aesthetic performances that seek to intervene in political processes. His

book, Theater of State: a Dramaturgy of the United Nations, investigates global political spectatorship and the theatricality of international institutions. Dr. Ball's work emphasizes the forms of theatricality that situate individuals as engaged spectators to global politics.

Dr. Ball's research on spectatorship has also led to a special interest in immersive and interactive performance genres, and he has developed ongoing research projects on performing robots, theatre and war, and civic dramaturgy. His work has been published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, TDR: The Drama Review, the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, e-misf?rica, and Brecht Yearbook, as well as in the collections Reframing Immersive Theatre and Popular Music and Public Diplomacy.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles10
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  • Ball, J. (2021). Performing Flight: From Barnstormers To Space Tourism. THEATRE JOURNAL. 73(4), 588-+.
  • Ball, J. (2021). Shakespeare, Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance. TDR-THE DRAMA REVIEW-THE JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES. 65(3), 170-173.
  • Ball, J. (2021). Shakespeare, Technicity, Theatre. TDR-THE DRAMA REVIEW-THE JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES. 65(3), 170-173.
  • Ball, J. R. (2020). Spectatorship at the Border: Watching Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 34(2), 27-51.
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  • Ball, J. (2019). Theater of State A Dramaturgy of the United Nations. Northwestern University Press.
  • Ball, J. R. (2019). Popular musicking and the politics of spectatorship at the United Nations. Dunkel, M., & Nitzsche, S. A. (Eds.), Popular Music and Public Diplomacy: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Perspectives. 255-276. Transcript Verlag, Roswitha Gost, Sigrid Nokel u. Dr. Karin Werner.
  • Ball, J. R. (2016). Proximity to Violence: War, Games, Glitch. Reframing Immersive Theatre. 229-242. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
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Texas A&M University; Performance Studies; 4240 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4240