M.A., New York Univ. (1998)
B.A., Trinity College (1996)
Mitchell Polin is an associate professor in the Department of Theater and Dance. He earned his B.A. from Trinity College in 1996, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 1998. Since 1998 he has acted as artistic director of the “Ordinary Theater”, which explores the non-narrative theater and its relationship to the theoretical issues of performance. The theater places a particular emphasis on the application of the 'remix' in live performance. In addition to his performance work he served as archivist for the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute from 1998-2000 before joining the faculty at Trinity in 2001.
His fields of interest include: American experimental performance, radio and sound theory, Art Brut and non-mimetic performance styles, new media studies, and linguistic experiments in the European avant-garde. His current research is examining the impact of new sound and video technologies on narrative and sign structure in performance.
He brings to his teaching a background in performance studies and an emphasis on building a historical and theoretical foundation for work in the performance space. The theater history classes that he teaches at Trinity provide a forum to discuss and discover an evolution of theatrical practice and thought.