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Farhang Pernoon


Farhang Pernoon is a lecturer in the Department of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he teaches the class “Play Reading and Analysis.”

He was born in Iran in 1975. In 2013, he earned a Ph.D. in Theater and performance studies from the Department of Theater and Critical Studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His dissertation, “Performing Persianicity,” focused on diasporic masculinities in the United States. In 2007, Pernoon earned his master of arts degree from San Diego State University, where he produced the thesis “The Performance of Technique/ Performing Other(s),” a PAR-based analysis of two performance texts. He received his bachelor of arts degree in theater from San Francisco State University in 1997 and a California Lifetime Teaching Credential in English from CSUN that same year. He is the recipient of the 2013 Koppleson Fund Award, the 2012 Executive Board Award, and the 2010 Aaron Curtis Award from UCLA. Performance awards include a KPBS Outstanding Male Performance Award (2004); two Backstage West “Best of” Critics List awards (2003/2004) for performances as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency and Lord Edgar/Jane in The Mystery of Irma Vep; a 2003 San Diego Playbill Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (Gross Indecency), a 2003 Marion Ross Scholarship/Award, and a 1996 Jules Irving Award for Performance.

Pernoon’s current interests include treatments of speed/ acceleration/space; ongoing examinations of Iranian diaspora; and masculinized performances within U.S. prisons.