Brianne Waychoff

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Associate Professor, Communication Studies Program (COM) Co-Coordinator / Gender and Women’s Studies Program (GWS) Co-Coordinator
Deputy Chairperson
Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts


Office: S-628F

Office Hours: Tuesday 9-10 & 12-2; Wednesday 4-5; Thursday 9-10 & 12-1

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5344


Associate Professor Brianne Waychoff is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, activist, and educator. She has a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance Studies and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University.

Professor Waychoff joined the BMCC faculty as a full-time professor in 2012 after being an adjunct at other CUNY schools and St. John’s University. Professor Waychoff has published in a range of scholarly journals, presented performance work at professional venues and festivals throughout the United States, been an invited guest artist at several institutions in the US and abroad, and won grants and other awards for her scholarly and creative work. Dr. Waychoff’s commitment to gender justice was acknowledged nationally when she was invited by the White House to participate in the United State of Women Summit in 2016, celebrating the accomplishments of women and girls and making plans for the future. She is the co-coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies AA program and an Open Education Resources Fellow at BMCC.

Dr. Waychoff is the chair of the Community College Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association, chair of the nominating committee for the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association, and a member of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. She serves on the editorial boards of Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and Women and Language.


Women’s Studies, Speech, Social Justice Issues, Queer Theory, Performance Studies, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Gender, Feminist Theory, Disability Studies, Cultural Diversity, Communication Studies


  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Communication Studies; Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies,  2012
  • M.A. University of Northern Iowa, Women’s Studies,  2004
  • B.A. University of Northern Iowa,  Theatre Performance,  2001

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Survival Party
    • A performance: Two women re-create a video of two girls playing and improvising, but it’s not quite right. How did we grow to be who we are? Did we form in a chrysalis? Did we hibernate in a cave? Are we fully formed now or still far from solid? Part slumber party, part young adult survival novel, part feminist call to action; an artistic collaboration between children and adults, and a performance of our secret worlds. Created by Magin Schantz and Brianne Waychoff presented at Dixon Place Theatre, Little Theatre Series, in October 2015. We are currently expanding the project.


  • “Butoh, Bodies, and Being.Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. Vol. 9 (2009). 37-54.
  • “The Anarcha Project Symposium.” Text and Performance Quarterly, 30.4 (2010).
  • “Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy.” The Journal of Pacific Affairs 84.4 (2011).
  • “Leftovers: Performing Gleaning.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 8.1 (2012).
  • “A Portrait of Experiments in Ecriture Feminine.” Text and Performance Quarterly, 33.4 (2013): 380-402.
  • “Performance as Communication in Intersecting Inter-disciplines.” Text and Performance Quarterly, 34.2 (2014): 109-211.
  • “When the Carnival Ends.” PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, 111 (2015): 91-95.
  • “Bez Prace Nejsou Kolace.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 14.2 (2018)

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • OSCLG Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award.
    • Honors outstanding dissertations concerned with communication, language, and gender.
  • PSC-CUNY 44 Research Award
    • “A Performance-Based Approach to the Feminist Philosophy of Écriture Féminine”
  • Community College Collaborative Incentive Research Grant (C3IRG)
    • “Assessing the Impact of Digital Storytelling in the Public Speaking Classroom”
  • PSC-CUNY 46 Research Award
    • “Bez Práce Nejsou Koláce: Using the Digital to Explore Cultural Memory and Performance”
  •  PSC-CUNY 50 Research Award
    • “Gender and Women’s Studies Programs at Two-Year Institutions”

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