Marvin Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Calloway Prize. He is the founding editor of the journals Western European Stages, now European Stages and of Arab Stages and the author of over two hundred and fifty scholarly articles in the areas of theatre history, theatre theory and dramatic literature. He is the director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Among his books are The Theatre of the French Revolution (1966), Goethe and the Weimar Theatre (1978), Theories of the Theatre(1984), Places of Performance (1989), Performance: A Critical Introduction (1996), The Haunted Stage (2001) Speaking in Tongues (2006) Theatre is More Beautiful than War (2009) and The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia (with Khalid Amine, 2012). His work has been translated into fifteen languages.