Gavin Kroeber is an artist, writer, and head of the interdisciplinary curatorial office The Studio for Art & Urbanism. His projects and writings, which poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance, are concerned broadly with cultural dynamics of power and in particular with their expression in the poetics of place. His current work is focused on the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt and redirective approaches to landscape. Projects in development include the performance-lecture Verdant Cities: A Warning and two public programs in St. Louis: the Fall 2017 social series At the Edge of Everything Else and a Spring 2018 event, The Autumnal City: A Midwestern Festival of Urbanism and Futurism. He is half of the curatorial collaborative Experience Economies (with Rebecca Uchill) and holds a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Written with performance-maker and scholar Robert Quillen Camp, “Postshow Theater” opens with this question: “Why do experimental theater-makers persist in making 'shows'—rather than, say, encounters, parades, meals, businesses, vehicles, protests, games, or vacations?” Moving on from the opening provocation, the essay explores a number of theater artists flirting with formal transgression and proposes a conceptual framework for “postshow” theatrical practice. It was published in 2014 in Yale’s Theater as a preface to the “script” from After the Show (2013).