2014

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

Director
Faculty

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.

Rebecca Kastleman

Rebecca Kastleman

Executive Director 2013-2016
Assistant Director 2012-2013

Rebecca is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Harvard, where she works in the field of modern drama. Her research interests include...

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Ju Yon Kim

Ju Yon Kim

Faculty

Ju Yon Kim is the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor in the Humanities at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian...

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David Levine

David Levine

Faculty

David Levine's work encompasses theater, performance, video and photography. His performance and exhibition work have been presented by Creative Time...

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Derek Miller

Derek Miller

Guest Speaker 2014, 2015, 2016

Derek Miller is an Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in dramatic literature and theater history....

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Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Faculty

Mike Pearson studied archaeology in University College, Cardiff (1968–71). He was a member of R.A.T. Theatre (1972–73) and an artistic director of...

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Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston

Advisory Board
Faculty
Guest Speaker 2017, 2019
Carrie Preston is Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor and Director of Kilachand Honors College and an Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University.... Read more about Carrie Preston
Heike Roms

Heike Roms

Faculty

Heike Roms is Professor in Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University (Wales). She has published on contemporary performance practice, the history...

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Andrew Sofer

Andrew Sofer

Advisory Board
Faculty

Andrew Sofer is a Professor of English at Boston College. His books include The Stage Life of Props (Honorable Mention, ASTR Barnard...

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