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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Lazlo Pearlman

Lazlo Pearlman

Adjunct Lecturer

Lazlo Pearlman in Unhung

Lazlo Pearlman is a creator, performer, director and teacher whose artistic work, research and teaching is inspired by his Queer, Jewish and Trans- identities. His performance and scholarly work entangles socio-political and philosophical ideas with absurdist, contemporary and physical theatres, performance art, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville, camp/parody, clowning, film/video and conventional theatre. Lazlo holds a PhD in performance practice and philosophy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Works include the visual art project Tamishey Mitzvah; He Was a Sailor, the Sea Was Inside Him and Madame Pierre’s Other Tongue for the stage; and the films Unhung Heroes and Fake Orgasm.

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Transing Visualities: Identity Representation, Performance Bloomsbury Press, late 2024

 2023   Chapter: “Theatrical Transing and the Virtuosic Self” Methuen Drama Handbook to Gender and Theatre, book chapter, Roberta Mock, editor

2022    Chapter: Trans-body-text: Exploring Performance Disruptions, a Discussion with Lazlo Pearlman Analyzing Gender in Performance, Springer, editors P. Halferty, C. Leeny

2020    Article: “If you want to kiss her, kiss her:” encountering gender in modern Meisner training”  Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Special Issue “Against the Canon” Taylor and Francis eds C. Fleming, M. Evans. pp 310-323

2016    Chapter: ‘Kisses Cause Trouble: Queering the French, Frenching the Queer’ book chapter, Campbell, Allyson, and Stephen Farrier, ed, Queer Dramaturgies. Palgrave

2015    Article: ‘Dissemblage’ and ‘Truth Traps’: Creating Methodologies of Resistance in Queer Autobiographical Theatre: Theatre Research International / Volume 40 / Issue 01 pp 88-91

2014    Chapter: ‘Trans Arts and Culture’, book chapter Erickson-Schroth, Laura, ed. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community

2014    Art Editor for the book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves from Oxford University Press


”My performance and research work has often utilized my naked body, so some imagery in the following videos may be deemed NSFW.”

“Faking It” the movie

“Unhung Heroes” short film

“Dance Me to the End of Love” performance

Lazlo Pearlman teaching students


Cultures and Ideas I & II: All the World's a Stage

Lazlo Pearlman with a bunch of flowers collage in black and white by Jeri Poll