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Julie Burelle

Performance Studies Faculty; Head of Performance Studies


Julie Burelle holds a PhD from the joint program in Drama and Theatre at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Originally from Quebec, Canada, Julie has studied and taught theatre on both coasts of Canada and the United States. Julie's research is invested in a decolonizing project and is in conversation with the fields of Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, and Indigenous studies among others. Her first book, Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Québec was published in 2019 by Northwestern University Press and focuses on how questions of Indigenous sovereignty, cultural identity, and nationhood are negotiated through performances in the particular context of Quebec, a province whose national aspirations have often occupied center stage. Her book has won the American Theatre and Drama Society's John W. Frick Book Award as well as the Canadian Association for Theatre Research's Ann Saddlemyer Book Award (ex aequo with Helene Vosters). It was also short-listed by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for its Outstanding Book Award. Julie has presented her work in multiple international settings and she has published in TheatreForum, TDR:The Drama Review, Theatre Annual, Dance Research Journal, Revue Liberté as well as in various edited volumes.

As a practitioner, Julie works in collaborative settings and has served as a dramaturg for Sledgehammer Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry and The Trip, for dance projects (Les Noces Allyson Green / La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Dee(a)r Spine by Sam Mitchell) and for documentary films (Québékoise by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins).

Julie is the recipient of the 2017 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSD -- honoring her DEI teaching, cultural advocacy, and public service efforts -- and the 2018 Hellman Fellowship to pursue her research on Indigenous theatre and dance in Québec, Canada.


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego


Research Areas

Native American and First Nations Theatre


Galbraith Hall 305


Office Hours

Tues. 1:30pm - 3:30pm