Sheryl Chen

Sheryl Chen

Assistant Director 2017, 2018, 2019

Sheryl Chen is works in Theater, Dance & Media at Harvard. In addition, Sheryl leads tours and art-making activities in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and coordinates volunteers for the OFA's ARTS FIRST Performance Fair. Most recently, Sheryl worked as the Education & Outreach Programs Manager at the Boch Center (formerly Citi Performing Arts Center), where she oversaw various performing arts, leadership, and social justice-based programming for Boston teens. Sheryl received her BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Liz Phillips

Elizabeth Phillips

Executive Director 2017, 2018, 2019
Assistant Director 2014

Elizabeth is a Mellon Fellow at the Council for European Studies at Columbia University where she serves as the Literature Editor of EuropeNow. She is also a PhD candidate in the English Department at Harvard University. Her dissertation, Bored to Life: Affect, Audience, and the Modern Stage, examines the symbiotic histories of theatrical innovation and boring aesthetics from Maeterlinck to Beckett.

At Harvard, Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research and formerly coordinated the Theater and Performance Colloquium. Outside of her research, Elizabeth is a theater practitioner in New York City and Durham, NC.

Martin Puchner

Martin Puchner


Martin Puchner is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the Director of the Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research. After studying philosophy, history, and literature at the University of Konstanz, the Università di Bologna, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine, he earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1998. He has taught English and comparative literature at Columbia University since 1998 before moving to Harvard University in the summer of 2010. 

Puchner's writing and research fall under three broad rubrics: drama; philosophy; and world literature. In Stage Fright (2002) and Against Theatre (ed. 2006), he uses drama and theater to highlight the values and contradictions of modernism. This interest also informs his editorial work in drama, including an edition of SixPlays of Henrik Ibsen(2003), a new edition of Lionel Abel's Metatheater (2003), a four-volume collection of critical essays on modern drama, Critical Concepts: Modern Drama (2008), The Norton Anthology of Drama (2009) as well as his editorship of Theatre Survey.

Puchner approaches philosophy primarily through its relation to drama and theater, leading him to a new perspective on such figures as Marx, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Burke, Deleuze, and Badiou. This work is articulated inThe Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford UP, 2010), but it also informs an edition of writings by Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (2005) and the publication, in English, of Alain Badiou's Rhapsody for the Theatre (2008) in a special issue of Theatre Survey.

World Literature, an interest in the geography of literature, its translation and transformation across space and time, is the focus of Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (2006), which won the MLA's James Russell Lowell Award and honorable mention of the MSA's best book award. Puchner also serves as the new general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and the Norton Anthology of Western Literature, and is at work on a book about world literature. In addition to his scholarly work, Puchner writes essays on contemporary literature, philosophy, and politics for such venues as The London Review of Books, BookforumRaritan Review, and N+1.

Henry Bial

Henry Bial

Guest Speaker 2016

Henry Bial is Professor of Theatre and Director of the School of the Arts at the University of Kansas, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the...

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P Carl

P. Carl

Guest Speaker 2018

P. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston. He is also a writer and lecturer on theater, gender, inclusive practices, and...

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