Jo Palazuelos-Krukowski is a second-year doctoral student and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Bachelors in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jo's research explores the relationship between folklore and performance, specifically in regards to the means by which supernatural beliefs are portrayed and enacted on stage as a vehicle for addressing social systems of oppression and inequality. Her area interests focus on transnational adaptation and performance, centering on contemporary British and East Asian theatre. Her Masters thesis, written at UW-Madison, is entitled “Ghosts of the Other: the Performance of the Supernatural, Commoner Vengeance, and Social Subversion on the Late Edo Kabuki Stage.”
Jo is also a performer and playwright; her original play Apocalypse Huh? was awarded the Barbara McClenon Playwriting Award in 2008. She decided to pursue her doctorate after founding an expatriate theater troupe in Daejeon, South Korea; her works have been staged in New York and Seoul. She has worked as a producer for the Moth and as a consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company, writing the foreword for the RSC's production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Snow in Midsummer, published by Bloomsbury. Jo's research on ghost performance as a prism for manifesting the experiences of those who have suffered injustice was awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace in 2017.
She will be assistant directing Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Snow in Midsummer in 2018.