David Kornhaber is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Birth of Theatre from the Spirit of Philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Development of the Modern Drama. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, and Philosophy and Literature, among other journals. He has served as Assistant Editor of Theatre Survey (2006-2008), as an Affiliated Writer with American Theatre (2005-2008), and as a contributor to the theatre sections of The New York Times and The Village Voice. He received his Ph.D. from the Doctoral Program Subcommittee on Theatre at Columbia University and his A.B. from Harvard College. David will teach the graduate student writing workshop for this year's Mellon School.