Oona Hatton

Oona HattonAssistant Professor, Communication Studies


Dr. Hatton is a performance ethnographer, critical scholar, and theatre artist. Her research and creative interests include community performance, representations of race, and performance of and with the incarcerated. She also writes about performance pedagogy. Her scholarship has been published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RiDE), Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Partake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Theatre Research International, Youth Theatre Journal, and PUBLIC: Imagining America.

In 2019, Dr. Hatton’s play SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, adapted from the letters, poetry, and artwork of solitary confinement survivor Jack L. Morris, premiered at the Hammer Theatre with students from the Communication Studies department. She is currently working on an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s IN DUBIOUS BATTLE.

Dr. Hatton is the Graduate Coordinator for the MA in Communication Studies. She teaches undergraduate courses on solo and ensemble performance, performance ethnography, race and performance, and performance theory. Since 2013, her students have created public performances about homelessness, student debt, working at SJSU, spirituality, dating, and student veterans.

2019 co-facilitator of SJSU ODEI workshop series Whiteness and Race

2020 recipient of the CoSS Teaching Excellence Award

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University

B.A., Reed College