Joyce Lu

Pomona, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
Office: Seaver 114, Pomona College
Phone: 909-607-4385

Research Interest:

Asian and Asian-American, transnational, and intercultural performance; Acting; Applied Theater and Social Practice; Somatics; The Feldenkrais Method


Ph.D. in Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley
MFA in Asian Performance, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
BA in Theater and Studio Art, Occidental College


  • Basic Acting: Acting for Social Change
  • Applied Theater: Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre
  • Staging Our Stories: Contemporary Asian American Drama
  • The Moving Body: Strategies for Awareness and Efficiency in Daily Life, Sport, and the Performing Arts
  • The Poetics of Performance
  • Race and Contemporary American Drama
  • Living Art in Los Angeles: Southern California Performance Art

Selected Publications/Performances:

  • “Diversity Dancing 101,” Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Dancing in the Aftermath of Anti-Asian Violence, Ed. By San San Kwan and Yutian Wong, Dance Studies Association e-publication, Vol. 42, 2023.
  • “Decolonizing Industries of Care: Nursing These Wounds,” InDance Magazine, 2022.
  • “The Grace of Resisting: Art against the Institution” and performance script of Grace Needs a Mirror. Ng?g? in the American Imperium. Edited by Timothy J. Reiss. Trenton & Asmara: African World Press, 2021.
  • Moderated “Nurse Narratives in the Arts: An Online Panel of Interdisciplinary Pilipinx American Artists Engaged in the Poetics and Politics of Care and Migration,” Kularts, 2021.
  • “Moving Tradition: Alleluia Panis and Kularts.” California Dreaming: Movement and Place in the Asian American Imaginary. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press in association with UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2020.
  • The Distance is Beautiful / La Distance la Plus Courte Entre Deux Points n’est pas Une Ligne Droite, Lead Dancer, Directed by Oguri and Lola González, Grand Park, 2017.
  • Grace Needs A Mirror, original theater piece, directed by Barry Shabaka Henley Performance Space, Los Angeles, 2016.
  • Mare Ibrium, choreographed by Oguri, designed by Hirokazu Kosaka, Grand Performances, LA, 2015
  • Settlement, performer, (collaboration between Los Angeles Poverty Department and Stay If Only Temporary (Brussels), directed by Hans Van den Broeck and Anuschka Von Oppen, The Box Gallery, LA, 2014