Dohyun Gracia Shin

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Gracia Shin 2019. 9. 13. 23:58

Gracia researches how a representation of gender and sexuality in contemporary performances works and plays within the complexity engendered by the matrix of power dynamics. Her research focuses on the performing bodies messing up from inside of heteronormativity. She explores how those bodies can performatively make a change to the oppression they are facing, first on stage and down from the stage. 


Her most recent project, “Becoming the Dominatrix in David Ives’s Venus in Fur and Monika Treut’s Seduction: The Cruel Woman,” examines how the works portray the dominatrix's desire, distinguishing them from the predominant discourse of BDSM. She specifically focuses on how Wanda/Vanda as the dominatrix can pursue her subjectivity through the never-ending process of becoming something else, creating potentiality.


She has been writing reviews on Seoul-based contemporary theatres. As a co-editor, she published a web magazine called Monthly-Theater and archived reviews by the audiences in Seoul. She worked as a volunteer member with the promotions team at Seoul Performing Arts Company, a musical theatre company under the Ministry of Culture in South Korea. There, she researched the context of their productions and connected it to how their performances were produced and staged. 


She holds a BA and an MA from Sogang University in English Literature as an albatross fellow. Currently, she is a PhD student in theatre and performance at the Graduate Center CUNY.



Research Interests:

Contemporary Theatre in Korea (including licensed works), Gender and Sexuality, Intertextuality and Adaptations, Blurriness, Gothic, BDSM as representation, modernisation in East Asia, Pansori/Chang-geuk



Current/Upcoming Projects:


1) The love Suicides in Post-colonial Korean musicals


2) Exploring queering aspects of Pansori 


3) The Handmaiden

Analysis on the film The Handmaiden by the director Chan-wook Park, a post-colonial film that explores a lesbian desire under the suppression of patriarchal, heteronormative sexuality in Joseon during the Japanese colonial era (early 20th centuries).





instagram: @hwi_theatre

twitter: @dgshin_

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