Current Students & Alumni
(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.
Amanda Culp, B.A., Drama, Vassar College; M.A.R., Asian Religion, Yale University Divinity School.
Areas of Specialization: Sanskrit theater; Indian performance; modern drama and the avant-garde.
Research Interests: Classical Indian performance aesthetics; the plays of Kalidasa and Bhavabhuti; 20th century intercultural dramaturgy; performance theory; translation theory; performed mythologies; theater and religion; contemporary Indian theater and aesthetics; Bollywood and Indian film
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.
Susanna Gellert: B.A., History, University of Chicago; M.F.A, Directing, Yale University.
Area of specialization: political theatre.
Research interests: early modern drama; modern drama and the avant garde; mass media and mass entertainment; the performance of everyday life on stage; food and theatre; representations of violence in performance; carnival, burlesque, and circus; amateurs and amateurism on stage.
Annie Holt: B.A., Dramaturgy, University of Virginia.
Areas of specialization: Modern drama; English Renaissance drama; gender studies.
Research interests: costume and set design; opera; theories of liveness, presence, and embodiment.
Dissertation: "The Emergence of the Costume Designer, 1870-1920"
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.
Sarah Ina Meyers, B.A., Music and Philosophy, Harvard University.
Area of specialization: opera.
Research interests: theories of the uncanny/fantastic, cognitive science, performance theory, scenography, spatiality, embodiment, spectatorship, memory, film theory, the baroque.
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: 20th and 21st century theatre; post-colonial Anglophone literature and theatre
Research Interests: theatre and nation formation; diaspora literature and theatre; identity, race and gender studies; political theatre; documentary theatre; representation of history, memory and truth; literary adaptation.
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. University of Chicago; M.A. Film, Columbia University.
Areas of specialization: film, opera.
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
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).
Recent Artistic Work by Ph.D. Students
Artistic Director, Morningside Opera; Director, Benjamin Britten, The Beggar's Opera (April 2010)
- Director, You Can't Take it With You, University of Rochester; The Duchess of Malfi, Florida State University; Marat/Sade, Bard College
- 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.
- 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
- Minou Arjomand (2013) Boston University
- Shilarna Stokes (2013) Ohio State University
Daniel Larlham (2012) Yale University
Timothy Youker (2012) University of Toronto, Mississauga