DrFelipe Cervera


Dr Felipe Cervera

Dr Felipe Cervera
  • PhD in Theatre Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MA in Drama by Practice-as-Research, University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • BA in Dramatic Literature and Theatre, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Dr Felipe Cervera is a Mexican theatre and performance maker and academic based in Singapore since 2012. His research interests are collaborative academia (teaching and research), and the social and artistic production of outer space. He has published widely on these topics in top tier international peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

As an educator, Dr Cervera is interested in using theatre and performance as methods of relational pedagogies, offering students an opportunity to experience learning as a world-making practice. He serves as Co-Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Global Performance Studies, as Associated Editor of Performance Research, and as a member in various editorial and academic advisory boards.

As an actor and director, he has worked and toured extensively across The Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His latest directorial work, Miss British (2019), was a commission by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre. 

Professional Practice/Research Output

Publications (selected)

  • ‘Future Now’ (co-edited with Areum Jeoung, Asher Warren, Azadeh Sharifi, Eero Laine, Evelyn Wan, Shawn Chua, and Yiota Demetriou), special issue of Global Performance Studies, 2:2. (Forthcoming, 2019)
  • ‘Theatre and Eschatological Politics’, in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics. Edited by Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan. Routledge. (Forthcoming, 2019)
  • ‘Naming the Cosmos Death: On Performance, Astronomy, and Katie Paterson’s The Dying Star Letters’, Performance Research, 22:5 (2017) pp.28-34.
  • ‘Planetary Performance Studies’, Global Performance Studies, 1:1 (2017). Available at: http://gps.psi-web.org/issue-1-1/planetary-performance-studies/
  • ‘Thicker States’ (co-written with Eero Laine, Evelyn Wan, João Florêncio, and Shawn Chua; collaborative writing, equal degree of authorship), Global Performance Studies, 1:1 (2017). Available at: http://gps.psi-web.org/issue-1-1/thicker-states/
  • ‘On Silence, Singapore Malays and Jacques Rancière’, Performance Philosophy, 2:2 (2017) pp. 310-330.
  • ‘Astroaesthetics: Performance and The Rise of Interplanetary Culture’, Theatre Research International, 41:3 (2016) pp. 258-275.
  • ‘Post-Global Islam: Reflection Inspired in the Project Imam Hussein’, Investigación Teatral, 3:5 (2014), pp.79-9.

Conferences/Presentations (selected)

  • ‘This is how the future catches up: Extraterrestrial exploration and performance art in the 21st century’. Talk, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, 2018.
  • ‘Hypnosis, moon travels and de-colonisation of the extraterrestrial’. Paper presentation, Symposium Travels in Trans-sensoriality, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, 2017.
  • ‘Migration and collaboration: Challenging the conventions of lonely scholarship’. Paper presentation, Performance Studies international (PSi) #23 Overflow. University of Hamburg, Germany, 2017.
  • ‘Eliciting creative views of tertiary education through speculative future scenarios: Robot “O”’, co-authored with Dr Ricardo Sosa and Mrs Rebecca Torres. Paper presentation, Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ). University of Otago, New Zealand, 2016.
  • ‘Geopolitics now and the making of collectives: A workshop on ensemble research’. Panel contribution, Performance Studies international (PSi) #22 Performance Climates, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
  • ‘Space as avant-garde? Performance Research in the International Space Station’. Paper presented, Performance Studies international (PSi) #22 Performance Climates, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
  • ‘Performance studies: Encounters, engagements, and encumbrances’. Panel contribution, Tilted Earth, Performance, Disaster, Resilience in Archipelagic Space, De La Salle University, Philippines, 2015.
  • ‘Intra-planetary actions: A disclaim of the global in performance research’. Paper presentation, Tilted Earth, Performance, Disaster, Resilience in Archipelagic Space, De La Salle University, Philippines, 2015.
  • ‘In-mobility: On limens, free falling and our escape from Earth’. Paper presentation, Performing Mobilities, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, 2015.
  • ‘But I don’t want to be a cowboy! Interplanetary performances and the post-global imaginary’. Paper presentation, New Scholars Forum, University of Hyderabad, India, 2015.


  • Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. An Esplanade commission performed at Cool Classic Festival. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2018.
  • #IstillwantmyPR by The Art of Strangers. Performed at Projek Suitcase Festival. Teater Ekamatra, Singapore, December 2016.
  • Furthest North Deepest South by Chong Tze Chien. National University of Singapore’s Cultural Centre, Singapore, March 2015.
  • The Mountain by Amitav Ghosh. A commission performed at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Substation Theatre, Singapore, January 2014.
  • Imam Hussein. A commission performed at V Mexico City Performing Arts Festival. Mexico, 2010.
  • The Story of Imam Hussein. Graduation show for the MA in Drama by Practice as Research, University of Kent. Aphra Theatre, United Kingdom, August 2009.

Performances (selected)

  • Tropical Traumas by Brian Gothong Tan. Performed at Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Singapore, August 2016.
  • Instructions on Swimming; Notes on Drowning by Michelle Tan. Directed by Natalie Hennedige and produced by Cake Theatrical Productions. Performed at Running with Strippers Festival. Singapore, November 2015.
  • The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers by Ong Keng Sen. Performed at Singapour Festival en France, and Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Singapore, March – September 2015.
  • Flower Nymphs by Cake Theatrical Productions. Directed by Natalie Hennedige. Performed at the opening of Gardens by the Bay. Singapore, July 2012.
  • Cuerdas by written by Bárbara Colio. Directed by Richard Viqueira. Performed at Querétaro Young Theatre Week 2010 (Mexico), Tijuana National Theatre Festival 2010 (Mexico), Puebla Theatre Festival 2010 (Mexico), Miami Hispanic International Festival 2011 (US), Cervantino International Festival 2011(Mexico), and Mar del Plata International Theatre Festival 2011 (Argentina).
  • Prophecy in Future Tense by Abas Al-Janabi. Performed at Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre. Egypt, October 2009.
  • Witnesses or our Little Stabilization by Tadeusz Różwicz. Directed by Elektra Angelopolou. Graduation show for the MA Text and Performance, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. United Kingdom, September 2009.
  • Psicoembutidos by Richard Viqueira. Performed at Pay-per-View Festival. Santa Catarina Theatre, Mexico, October 2007.
Research Interests
  • Performance and performance theory in relation to science and technology
  • Theatre-making
  • Collaborative academia
  • Methodologies and disciplinary histories of performance studies