The PSi Archive and Oral History Project collects the history of PSi by drawing together under a single home the many documents, memorabilia and remembrances that are currently scattered across the filing cabinets and memories of many individuals so that the emergence and development of Performance Studies international is accessible to future scholars and performers.

The PSi Oral History project was launched in 2011 by Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University) with Rivka Eisner (Aarhus University), Heike Roms (Aberystwyth University) and John Carnwath (Northwestern University).
It was led by Lisa Peschel (University of York) in 2012-13 and is currently organized by Heike Roms.

To this date, forty interviews have been conducted by volunteers worldwide. So far the project has emphasized interviews with PSi leaders, including Board members and conference organizers, as well as other artists and scholars whose work has been particularly influential in the field of performance studies.
The interviews have been recorded in high-quality digital audio, and the files are held at New York University’s Fales Library, along with the rest of PSi’s archive. This website makes available compressed versions.

If you are interested in being interviewed, or if you would like to join us as a volunteer interviewer, or if you have any suggestions for extending this project, please contact Heike Roms. Any material will be of interest – from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of your eye.

Performing the Memories of the Field, Shanghai 2014 At the PSi21 Conference in Shanghai in 2014, we began to explore different approaches to conducting oral history interviews, including group interviews and soliciting memories around objects connected with the history of the association. And we explored new ways of making the interview material available to conference delegates. This project was developed by Yiota Demetriou (University of Bristol) in collaboration with Heike Roms.


Copyright ©interviewees


Annette Arlander

Interviewed by Yiota Demetriou
03 July 2014, Shanghai


Ray Langenbach, Paul Rae and Maaike Bleeker

“Remembering 10 years of PSi #10: Perform : State : Interrogate, 2004, Singapore”
Interviewed by Heike Roms
5 July 2014, Shanghai


Edward Scheer

Interviewed by Yiota Demetriou
05 July 2014, Shanghai


Lindsey Mantoan

Interviewed by Bryan Schmidt
29 October 2013, via Skype


Josh Abrams and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck

Interviewed by Lisa Peschel

01 August 2013, London


Maaike Bleeker

Interviewed by Charles B. Poole Jr.
28 June 2013, Stanford


Rune Gade

Interviewed by R.M. Wolff

28 June 2013, Stanford


Branislav Jakovljevic

Interviewed by Bryan Schmidt

28 June 2013, Stanford


Peta Tait

Interviewed by Evangeline Grace Ciupek
28 June 2013, Stanford


Mick Wallis

Interviewed by Amanda Kurtz
28 June 2013, Stanford


Tracy C. Davies

Interviewed by Haddy Kreie

27 June 2013, Stanford


Richard Gough

Interviewed by Campion Decent

27 June 2013, Stanford


Sharon Mazer

Interviewed by Irem Secil Reel Sen
27 June 2013, Stanford


Joslin McKinney

Interviewed by Emily Hall
27 June 2013, Stanford


Mike Pearson

Interviewed by Alana Gerecke
27 June 2013, Stanford


Ray Langenbach

Interviewed by Bryan Schmidt
24 June 2013, Stanford


Petra Kuppers

Interviewed by Ljubisa Matic
02 August 2011, Berkeley


Rachel Fensham

Interviewed by Zeynep Gunduz

28 May 2011, Utrecht


Leslie Hill and Helen Paris

Interviewed by Katarina Paramana and Nik Wakefield
28 May 2011, Utrecht


Paul Rae

Interviewed by Andrew Starner
28 May 2011, Utrecht


Ute Ritschel

Interviewed by John Carnwath

28 May 2011, Utrecht


Patrick Anderson

Interviewed by Lisa Peschel

27 May 2011, Utrecht


Una Bauer

Interviewed by Helene Vosters
27 May 2011, Utrecht


Peter Eckersall

Interviewed by Courtney Kersten
27 May 2011, Utrecht


Baz Kershaw

Interviewed by Karen Quigley
27 May 2011, Utrecht


Michael Peterson

Interviewed by Aliki Darzentas
27 May 2011, Utrecht



Alan Read

Interviewed by Lisa Peschel

27 May 2011, Utrecht


Nicholas Ridout

Interviewed by Konstantina Georgelou
27 May 2011, Utrecht


Heike Roms

Interviewed by Lindsay Goss

27 May 2011, Utrecht


Rebecca Schneider

Interviewed by Cecilia Sosa

27 May 2011, Utrecht


P.A. Skanzte

Interviewed by Courtney Kersten
27 May 2011, Utrecht

Marin Blažević

Interviewed by John Carnwath
26 May 2011, Utrecht


Joe Kelleher

Interviewed by Andrew Starner
26 May 2011, Utrecht


Laura Levin

Interviewed by Li Cornfield

26 May 2011, Utrecht


Lada Čale Feldman

Interviewed by Jasna Zmak
20 May 2011, Zagreb


Jon McKenzie

Interviewed by Erin Hood
11 April 2011, Madison


Diana Taylor

Interviewed by Aniko Szucs
09 April 2011, New York


Richard Schechner

Interviewed by Melissa Wong
08 April 2011, New York


Alan Shefski

Interviewed by John Carnwath
08 April 2011, Evanson


Laurie Beth Clark

Interviewed by Megan McGlone
05 April 2011, Madison