Current Students & Alumni

Current Students

(Elfriede) Michi Barall, A.B., Humanities Honors, Stanford  University; M.F.A., Graduate Acting Program, New York  University; M.A., Theatre, Hunter College, City University of  New York.
Areas of specialization: commercial theatre and spectacle; theories of transnationalism and globalization; migrant  identities, alterity and multiculturalism.
Research interests: Asian-American studies, Attic tragedy and contemporary adaptations of Greek theatre; contemporary European  dance-theatre; political anthropology of the body; cultural  memory.

Joseph Cermatori, A.B., English, Princeton University; M.F.A., Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale University School of Drama.
Area of specialization: modern theater and performance 

Research interests: modernism and avant-garde studies; baroque theater; comparative literature (Western Europe and the United States); continental philosophy (Marx, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Derrida, Deleuze); aesthetic theory; theater theory; historiography; intellectual and conceptual history; theatricality and anti-theatricality; rhetoric and discourse analysis; media studies; queer studies; performance and performativity; narratives of (dis/re)enchantment; opera and music-theater; interdisciplinary humanities.
Dissertation: "Theatre and the Modernist Tradition of the Baroque: Stagings of a Concept Between Theory and Performance."

Emily Ciavarella, B.A., Theatre and Philosophy, Williams College.
Areas of specialization: theatre phenomenology; medieval English theatre and performance.
Research interests: aesthetics; philosophy of theatre; reception theory; religious drama; contemporary productions of classical drama.

Amanda Culp
, B.A., Drama, Vassar College; M.A.R., Asian Religion, Yale University Divinity School.
Areas of Specialization: Sanskrit theater; Indian performance; Classical theater and adaptation.
Research Interests: Indian performance aesthetics; intercultural dramaturgy; performance studies; translation theory; performed mythologies; theater and religion; contemporary Indian theater; Bollywood and Indian film; duration theater

Danielle Drees, A.B., English, Harvard University; M.Phil., Renaissance Literature, University of Cambridge.
Area of specialization: early modern English drama, economic criticism, contemporary theatre.
Research interests: Beckett; early and late capitalism; early modern material culture; feminist and queer studies; non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama; protocols and archiving; staged representations of death; theatrical production; witnessing

Amir Fainaru
, B.A., Theatre Arts; M.A., Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Areas of Specialization: 18th-19th century Aesthetics; Structuralism and Post-Structuralism; Philosophy of Language; Critical Theory; Modern Drama.
Research Interests: Theatre and Philosophy; Performance and Performativity; Theatricality.  

Jason Fitzgerald, A.B., American History and Literature,  Harvard University; M.F.A., Dramaturgy and  Dramatic Criticism,  Yale University.
Areas of specialization: modern drama, theories of post/late modernism, critical theory.
Research interests: American theatre, modernism and post/late modernism, the avant-garde, democracy and the public sphere, neoliberalism, spectatorship, Marxism, aesthetics, contemporary French philosophy, musical theatre, queer theory/performance.

Ewa Kara, B.A./M.A., Theatre Studies, Jagiellonian  University, Krakow, Poland.
Areas of specialization:  scenography, contemporary theatre and visual culture.
Research interests: contemporary operatic scenography;  19th and 20th-century stage design; scenographic theory;  intersections of scenography and screen aesthetics; modern  and contemporary German theatre; historical and  contemporary avant-gardes; Polish theatre.
Dissertation: "Beyond the Music: Contemporary Operatic Director-Designers in the USA and Europe."

Warren Kluber, B.A., English, Lewis and Clark College. 
Areas of specialization: West African Anglophone and Francophone literature and drama; modern drama; theatre and translation.
Research interests: oral traditions; textualization of performance in post-colonial novels; storytelling, identity, and nationalism; representations of mutable selfhood in postmodern performance; Shakespeare.

Emily Madison, B.A., English & Theatre, Washington University in St. Louis; M.F.A., Dramaturgy, Columbia University.
Areas of specialization: Shakespeare and Performance, contemporary American drama.
Research interests: early modern drama, performance theory, gender and performance, acting theory.

Meadhbh McHugh, B.A., Trinity College Dublin; M.F.A. (Playwriting), The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin.
Areas of specialization: Irish theatre, culture, literature and society; modern drama; contemporary playwriting.
Research interests: Modern Irish drama; theatre and nation; gender studies; music and theatre; postcolonial theory; feminist criticism; playwriting in contemporary theatre culture; women in theatre.

Sarah Ina Meyers, B.A., Music and Philosophy, Harvard University.
Area of specialization: opera, directing.
Research interests: theories of the uncanny/fantastic, cognitive science, performance theory, scenography, spatiality, embodiment, spectatorship, memory, film theory, the baroque.
Dissertation: "Stages of Death: The Theatrical Uncanny in Contemporary Performance"

Noémie Ndiaye-Reltgen, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris; M.A., English Literature and Theatre, Paris-Sorbonne University. 
Areas of specialization: English, French, and Spanish 17th century theater; comparative literature; ethnic and racial studies; history of representations. 
Research interests: transnational encounters on stage; dramatic representations of identity and otherness; esthetics in the age of absolutism and empires; antitheatricalism in Europe; baroque and classicism; early modern dramatic theory; European dramatic exchanges; translation.

Rosa Schneider, B.A, English Literature, Reed College.
Areas of Specialization: modern drama; post-colonial Anglophone theatre.
Research Interests: theatre and nation formation; diaspora literature and theatre; political theatre and dramaturgy; documentary theatre; representation and creation of history on stage; literary adaptation; theatricality and theatrical literature.

Michelle Shafer, A.B, English and Theatre, Bryn Mawr College; M.F.A., Dramaturgy, Columbia University.
Areas of Specialization: site specific and environmental performance, avant-garde and experimental theatre, early modern drama, dramaturgy, directing.
Research Interests: performance theory, feminist criticism, ecocriticism, visual theory, phenomenology, mythology, virtual performance space.
Dissertation: Shifting Terrain: Landscape, Ecology and Environmental Theatre.

Jessica Simon, B.F.A., Drama with English and Art History minors, New York University (Tisch); M.A., English, University of Chicago.
Areas of Specialization: Victorian theatre and the novel.
Research Interests: melodrama; nineteenth-century realisms; sensation and the sensational; affect; testimony; embodiment in performance and print; mass culture.

Julia Sirmons, B.A., English and Cinema Studies, University of Chicago; M.A., Film Studies, Columbia University.
Areas of Specialization: cinema studies, intersections of media and live performance.
Areas of interest: melodrama, stardom and performance, opera and musical theater, remediation, fandom, theories of adaptation.

Richard Trist, B.A., Drama and Theatre Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London; M.A., Philosophy, King's College London.
Areas of Specialization: 20th Century theatre; performance and aesthetics Areas of Interest: Nietzsche and art; theatre and philosophy; ethics of theatre criticism; text, language, and performance.

Buck Wanner, B.A., Dance, Columbia University; M.A. Performance Studies, New York University.
Areas of specialization: dance theory, history, and criticism; New York dance and the arts.

Recent Publications by Ph.D. Students

Joseph Cermatori
"Notes on Opera's Exquisite Corpse" in PAJ 35.1 (2013).

Jason Fitzgerald
Performance Reviews: Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge (Theatre Journal);  Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays (Theatre Journal).
Book Reviews : Theatre, Communication, Critical Realism, by Tobin Nellhaus (Theatre Survey); Finishing the Hat/Look I Made a Hat, by Stephen Sondheim(forthcoming, Theatre Survey), "Journeys into the South African Psyche: Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight," Theater 39.1 (2009).

Meadhbh McHugh
“The Glass Ceiling and the Gag: Fifth Wave Feminism & Ireland’s National Theatre, 2010-2014,” For the Sake of Sanity: Doing things with humour in Irish performance, ed. Eric Weitz (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2014).

Julia Sirmons
“'These People': On Sebastian Baumgarten's Don Giovanni," Opera Quarterly 29: 3-4 (Summer-Autumn 2013): 368-376.

Recent Artistic Work by Ph.D. Students

Joseph Cermatori
Director, Seventy Scenes of Halloween by Jeffrey Jones, The Friends and Enemies of Modern Theater, Brooklyn (October 2012).

Sarah Ina Meyers
Stage Director, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Crested Butte Music Festival; Stage Director, Dido and Aeneas, Juilliard; Stage Director, Lucia di Lammermoor (Japan Tour), La Traviata, Metropolitan Opera; Assistant Director, The Enchanted Island (production by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch), The Nose (production by William Kentridge), Metropolitan Opera.

Ph.D. Placement

Ehren Fordyce (2002) Stanford University

Tamsen Wolff (2002) Princeton University 

Matthew Smith (2003) Boston University

Peter Campbell (2003) Penn State-Berks; currently at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ellen MacKay (2003) Indiana University

Lisa Brenner (2004) Montclair State University

Nina Hein (2005) American University in Dubai

Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen (2005) Bath Spa University, England

Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado (2006) Boricua College, NY

Kelina Gotman (2008) King's College, London

David Kornhaber (2009) University of Texas

Donna Fusco Kornhaber (2009) University of Texas

Daniel Larlham (2012) St. Mary's College

Timothy Youker
(2012) University of Toronto, Mississauga

Minou Arjomand (2013) Boston University

Nathaniel Nesmith (2013) C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Middlebury College

Shilarna Stokes (2013) Ohio State University

Annie Holt (2014), Core Postdoctoral Lectureship, Columbia University