Former Visiting Scholars


Marielle Pelissero
Research Engineer
Paris-­‐Nanterre University, France
Research: The Presence and the influence of the main concepts of the Situationist International in the critical literacy about performance art and experimental theater in New York City



Piersandra Di Matteo
Teacher, Fine Arts Academy in Bologna, Italy
Director, Master IUAV “Curating in Performing Arts”
The Capture of Speech. Topology of the voice in contemporary theatre



Sebastian Kaiser
Theatre Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Research: Europe Series: Political Theatre in Europe



Charlotte Farrell
Ph.D., Theatre and Performance Studies
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Research: “Performing Post-Tragic Affects” explores the politics of staging radically adapted classical tragedies in contemporary theatre



Xiaopeng Teng
Ph.D. Student
Shanghai Theater Academy, China
Research: Comparative Studies of Sino-American Tragedy Aesthetics



Diana Benea
Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Bucharest, Romania
Research: The Politics and Aesthetics of Contemporary American Social Theater



Alba Saura Clares
Ph.D. Student, Doctorate Program in Arts and Humanities
University of Murcia, Spain
Research: Analysis of Argentinian Theatre trough Teatro Abierto



Fernando Antonio Mencarelli
Associate Dean of Cultural Activities
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Research: “Living Culture” and transculturality: the work of The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Brazil and USA) with American and south American communities



Frederik Le Roy
Doctor-Assistant in Department of Art, Music and Theatre studies
Ghent University, Belgium
Research: Ex-posing contemporary dance and music. Time and Spectatorship in Work/Travail/Arbeid by Rosas and ICTUS



Xue Li
Ph.D. Candidate, Chinese Drama Department
Nanjing Normal University, China
Research: The Dramatic Theories and Comments of the Republic of China



Sarah Youssef
Ph.D. Candidate, English Literature
University of Cologne, Germany
Research: The Performance of Captivity



Yanshi Li
Lecturer, Foreign Languages College, Taiyuan University of Technology, China
Ph.D. candidate in Theater, Film and Television Studies, Shanxi Normal University, China
Research: The Reception of Beckett’s Drama in China



wujuan-li-photoWujuan Li
Lecturer, Department of Foreign Language
Dongguan University of Technology, China
Research: Establishing an unified system of an or two-year College English course for non-English majors in the form of Educational Theatre



Yanhui Liu
Associate Professor, Theatre Literature and Writing Department
Shanghai Theater Academy, China
Research: The Comparison of Dramas and Theories between China and America



Tanja Klankert_colorTanja Klankert
Doctoral Student
University of Bern, Switzerland
Research: Japanese Performing Arts in Modern Dance


yoshiji-yokoyamaYoshiji Yokoyama
Dramaturg, SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center, Japan
Part-time Lecturer, Gakushuin University (Tokyo) and Shizuoka University, Japan
Research: Contemporaneity of Asian Performing Arts and Performance Studies



JonedJoned Suryatmoko
Researcher, Media and Cultural Studies Program
The Graduate School – Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Research: Mediatized Theatre



Andy LavenderAndy Lavender
Head of the School of Arts; Professor of Theatre & Performance
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Research: The Age of Performance: Histories and Horizons



Avra SidiropoulouAvra Sidiropoulou
Assistant Professor, MA Programme in Theatre Studies
Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Research: Mapping “Crisis Theatre” on the Current American and European Stage



Ling Jian-eLing Jian-e
Associate Professor, English Department
Hunan University of Science and Technology, China
Research: Intellectual Inquiries of Contemporary American Drama



Ning ZhouNing Zhou
Lecturer, English Department, School of Foreign Studies
Anhui University of Science & Technology, China
Research: Investigations into the Ethics of Contemporary American Drama



Andrea Pelegri

Andrea Pelegrí Kristic
Ph. D Candidate in Arts (Theatre)
PonIficia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Research: Creative Processes with Translated Texts in Chilean Companies from Santiago De Chile



Rafael AbolafiaRafael Abolafia
Ph. D
University of Jaén, Spain
Research: Contemporary Theatre and Paratheatre in Andalucía



Han Gui (1)Han Gui
Ph. D Student
Shanghai Theater Academy, China
The Culture of Western Theatre with specialization in the History and Theory of Foreign Theatre



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Kristof van Baarle
Ph. D Fellow
Ghent University, Belgium
Research: Contemporary Stage of Kris Verdonck



Tanja Klankert_colorTanja Klankert
Doctoral Student, University of Bern, Switzerland
Research: Japanese Performing Arts in Modern Dance



Mohan ZhangMohan Zhang
Professor, School of Film, Television and Media
Guangxi Arts Institute, China
Research: Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Contemporary Theatre and Culture



Ana Candida CarneiroAna Candida Carneiro
PhD, Theatre Studies
Catholic University of Milan, Italy
Research: Pass on the Baton: Towards a Pedagogy of Contemporary Playwriting



Gang SunGang Sun
Lecturer & Associate Professor
Nanjing Audit University, China
ResearchDefamiliarization in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Plays



Emmanuelle Sirois
Lecturer, School of Theatre Studies
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Research: The Sociology of Theatre; The Meeting Points between Social Sciences and Performance-Theatre Studies; and Intersectionality and Feminism



Siyuan LiuSiyuan Liu
Lecturer, College of English Language and Literature
Shanghai International Studies University, China
ResearchThe Gentry in Restoration Comedies



Asha Kuthari ChaudhuriAsha Kuthari Chaudhuri
Associate Professor, Department of English
Gauhati University, India
ResearchIndian and American Cultures of Viewership



Xuan LiuXuan Liu
Ph.D Candidate of Arts in History of Classic Chinese Theater
Shanghai Theater Academy, China
Comparative Study on the History of the Performance of Chinese Classic Theater



Ignacio Ramos Gay
Senior Lecturer (tenured) in French Literature
Department of French and Italian, University of Valencia, Spain
The Influence of Actress Sarah Bernhardt in the American Theatrical Landscape

Cássia Maria Fernandes Monteiro
Doctoral Student
Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil
Research: Interpretations of Hélio Oiticica’s Artworks Highlighting the Environmental Production and the Creation of Scenic Spaces

Marcia Prado Abujamra
Doctoral Student
Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Autoperformance and actor-performer Spalding Gray 

Sahoko Tsuji
Doctoral Student
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Research: Betty Comden and Adolph Green


Pía Gutiérrez Díaz
Doctoral Student
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Research: Chilean Theatre

Dr. Joanna Krakowska
Assistant Professor
The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland
Research: Critical, Political, and Resistance Strategies of Theatre and Performance Art After 9/11

Dr. Nic Leonhardt
Assistant Professor
Ludwig Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
Research: Transatlantic Theatrical Exchanges Throughout the First Half of the 20th Century

Dr. Freddie Rokem
Immanuel Herzikovitz Professor for 19th and 20th Century Art
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Research: Theatrical Representations of the Past in Contemporary Theatre

Dr. Takashi Sakai
Associate Professor
Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
Research: Tennessee Williams and Contemporary American Queer Theater

Michele Louise Schiocchet
Doctoral Student
Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil
Research: Digital Culture and Processes of Compositions of Performances

Dr. Ni Sheng
Associate Professor
Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China
Research: German Documentary Theatre

Attila Szabó
Doctoral Student
University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
Research: The Role of Documentary Theatre in the Processing of the 9/11 Tragedy


Elisa Belém
Doctoral Student
University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Research: Brazilian Performance Artists

Asmaa Abdel-Fattah Yehia El-Taher
Helwan University, Egypt
Research: African Theatre

Dr. Atsushi Fujita
Associate Professor
Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai
Research: American Theatre After the AIDS Epidemic

Dr. Li Shanghong 
Associate Professor – The College of English
Shanghai International Studies University, China
Research: Contemporary American Drama 1970-2000

Dr. Mary Luckhurst
Professor of Modern Drama
University of York
Research: Late Receptions of Stanislavski and Active Analysis

Dr. Safi Mahfouz, Fulbright Postdoctoral Visiting Research Scholar
Associate Professor of Modern American Drama and Comparative Literature
(Arabic Drama in Translation)
UNRWA University – Amman, Jordan
Research: Modern and Contemporary American Drama

Dr. Walter Limo Torres Neto
Professor – Graduate Program in Literature
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Research: Drama, History, Languages, and Cultural Projects Assisting in the Performing Arts

Dr. Zhou Quan
Central Academy of Drama – Beijing, China
Research: Contremporary American Directing and Acting Theory and Practice

Zane Radzobe, Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: Latvian Theater Director Alvis Hermanis

Anita Rakoczy, Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Eötvös Loránd University
Research: Samuel Beckett

Dr. Takashi Sakai
Assosciate Professor
Prefectural University of Kumamoto
Research: Tennessee Williams and Contemporary American Queer Theater

Dr. Ni Sheng
Assosciate Professor
Shanghai Theater Academy
Research: Documentary Theater in Germany and the US

Dr. Andrzej Żurowski, Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Pomeranian University, Poland
Research: Helena Modjeska


Prasun Banerjee Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Doctoral Student
University of North Begnal, India
Research: Indian and American Women’s Theatre

Dr. Matteo Bonfitto
State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Research: Performance practice

Dr. Inka Juslin

Dr. Aneta Mancewicz
Assistant Professor of Literature
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Research: Modern interpretations of Shakespeare

Visnja Rogosic Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Doctoral Student
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Research: Collective and Devised Theatre


Dr. Clara Armand


Hatice Esberk
Middle East Technical University – Ankara, Turkey
Research: Samuel Beckett


Dr. Batool KhattabFulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Lecturer, Department of English
Ain Shams University – Cairo, Egypt
Research: American Middle Eastern context stages

Sophie Proust
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
University Charles-deGaulle-Lille
Research: The process of theatrical creation of New York stage directors

Yossi Yzraely
Ramat Aviv TA Israel
Research: Drama


Diana Gonzalez Martin
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


Zmira Heizner
Teaching Coordinator
Open University of Israel
Research: Developing a textbook as the basis of a new course on “Western Drama in the 20th Century”


Dr. Anne Tanyi-Tang Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
University of Yaouude – Cameroon
Research: Comparative study of contemporary plays by three African-American female playwrights and two Cameroon female playwrights


Blahoslav Uhlar Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Stoka Assosciation
Research: The spiritual state of the theatre “phneomenon” in an open society


Dr. Grzegorz Niziolek Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Stary Teatr, Cracow Theatre School, Jagiellian University, Cracow
Reserach: Modern Drama and Rozewicz


Liina Jaats
University of Tartu – Taru, Estonia
Research: Semiotics and world theatre

Dr. Julia Glesner
Reserach: Contemporary theater and technology

Dr. Eli Rozik-Rosen
Tel Aviv University
Research: Non-verbal communication in performance analysis

Areeg Ibrahim
Helwan University – Cairo, Egypt
Research: Theatre of Ontology: A Comparative Study of Representative Contemporary British and Egyptian Drama


Kazuo Ichinose
Rikkyo University – Toshimaku, Japan
Research:Multiculturalism in American Theater


Koji Ishizuka Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher


Dr. Xavier Lemoine
University of Nantes, France
Reserach: Queer theatre in the United States

Ralph Poole Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: Avante Garde Gay and Lesbian theater

Sigrid Pawelke
Research: Theatre and sports


Dr. Antonella Di Nocera Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Instituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli
Research: Modern Literature

Jaak Rahesoo Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: American Theater


Dr. Deirdre Heddon
Senior Lecturer, Theater Studies
University of Glasgow – Scotland
Research: Women’s performance styles

Dubravka Vrgoc Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: Contemporary American theatre

Moutushi Chakavartee Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: American Drama

Dr. Juraj Sebesta Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: Sam Shepard and contemporary American Drama


Dr. Michael Fernando Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
University of Preadeniya – Sri Lanka
Reserach: Modern Sri Lankan theatre with special reference to the influence of world theater.

Dr. Odette Blumfield
Al. I. Cuza University – Iasi, Romania
Research: Feminism in American Theatre

Dr. Markus Wessendorf
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Research: American experimental theater

Dr. Sanja Nikcevic Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
University of Zadar – Zagreb, Croatia
Research: Contemporary American Theatre


Uros Trefalt Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Research: American experimental theatre of the 1960’s and 1990’s


Professor Onuora Osmond Enekwe
University of Nigeria
Research: Modern Drama

Misako Koike
Japan Women’s University – Tokyo, Japan
Research: Lillian Hellman and contemporary American drama

Dr. Ivo Osolsobe
Masaryk University – Brno, Czech Republic
Research: Semiotics and musical theatre

Kumara Swamy Raju Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Head of Department of English and Comparative Lit
Sri Krishnaevaraya University
Research: W.H. Auden


Shireen Huq Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
University of Chittagong – Bangladesh
Research: American Drama


Dimitri Samitov
Russian Academy of Theatre Arts
Research: American non-profit theatres

Dr. Frank Hentschker
Justus-Liebig Universitat – Giessen, Germany
Research: Theatre of Robert Wilson


Professor Guo Jide Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
Shandong University – China
Research: History of American Drama

Dr. Vyacheslav Ivanov Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher
State Theatrical Institute – St. Petersburg, Russia
Research: Black American Theatre

Miklos Varnos
Budapest, Hungary
Research: Study of America for a novel

Maia Kobakhidzee
Tiblisi, Georgia
Research: Western Theater

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