Rebecca Kastleman

Rebecca Kastleman

Executive Director 2013-2016
Assistant Director 2012-2013
Rebecca Kastleman

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 theater and performance studies, transatlantic modernism, and literature's intersections with religion and philosophy. Her dissertation, "Profaning Theater: The Drama of Religion on the Modernist Stage," demonstrates how the theater’s passage into secular modernity generated a new fascination with the religious past. Examining works by Shaw, Stein, Yeats, Barnes, and Beckett, Rebecca shows that Anglophone dramatic modernism was forged through a deep engagement with the history and philosophy of Western religion. 

Rebecca has taught at Harvard College and Emerson College, and has also worked as a writing tutor at the Harvard Extension School. Rebecca served for three years as the Executive Director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard (2013-2016), where she was also the Assistant Director from 2012-2013. Rebecca is a co-founder of the Harvard Drama Colloquium, of which she was the co-coordinator from 2012-2014.