Sebastián Calderón Bentin is a performer, director and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. Mr. Calderón Bentin has been a visiting artist-scholar at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University and at the Teatro de la Universidad Católica in Peru. His writings have appeared in TDR:The Drama Review and Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos. Most recently he contributed to the anthology Neoliberalism and Global Theaters: Performance Permutations, edited by Lara Nielsen and Patricia Ybarra (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In 2013 Mr. Calderón Bentin was awarded the Routledge Prize for research excellence at the postgraduate level by Performance Studies international. His current research focuses on the role of theatricality, television, and politics in Latin America.
As a performer he has collaborated with Every House Has a Door, Witness Relocation, Anna Deavere Smith, John Jesurun, Ann Carlson, Faye Driscoll, Tim Etchells and Matthew Goulish’s Institute of Failure, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Collaborations with Every House Has a Door include 9 Beginnings: Chicago (2014), 9 Beginnings: Bristol (2012), TESSERACT (2009) and The Midnight Stratum (2008). With Witness Relocation he has performed in In a Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus (2006), Dancing Vs. The Rat Experiment (2006), the PASSOVER SHOW – in progress (2008) and Schreibstück (2008, 2010). As part of PERFORMA he appeared in Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (Re-doing) (2007) directed by André Lepecki at Deitch Studios. As part of the performance duo Donovan & Calderón he conceived and directed 18 1/2 Minutes (2013) at JACK; the climate chronicles (2011) at the Arts Incubator Project; and Se Vende/For Sale (2008) at the FAE Festival in Panama.