Chair, Department of Theatre, and Director of Asian Studies, Rhodes College
Editor, Ecumenica: Journal of Theatre and Performance

Associate Professor, Rhodes College, 2010-Present
Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, 2004-2009
Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia College & State University, 2003-2004
Ph.D., Theatre Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.A., South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996

Books

Brigham Young: Sovereign in America. New York: Routledge, 2014
Theatre and Religion on Krishna's Stage. New York: Palgrave, 2009

Selected Articles and Book Contributions

  • "Tableaus and Selves in Vrindavan and Oberammergau".  In Oberammergau 2010: Critical Responses.  Kevin Wetmore, ed. (forthcoming)
  • "On the Existential Impossibility of a Religious Identity". Dialogue 48.1 (2015): 45-77.
  • "Brat Tvam AsiRasa as a Conscious State". In The Natyashastra and the Body in Performance: Essays on Indian Theories of Dance and Drama.  Sreenath Nair, ed. (Jefferson: Mcfarland, 2015). 
  • "Video Games, Theatre, and the Paradox of Fiction". Journal of Popular Culture 47.6 (2014): 1123-35.
  • "Religion". Ecumenica 7.1/7.2 (2014): 89-92.
  • "Notes on the Gita Govinda". Journal of Vaishnava Studies 22.1 (2013): 47-54.
  • "Rasa and the 'Saturated Event'". Studies in South Asian Film and Media 54.1 (2013): 47-55.
  • “The Phenomenology of Audience in Vrindavan’s Râs Lîlâ Theatre”. Journal of Vaishnava Studies 21.2 (2013): 131-43.
  • "Metatheatre and Consciousness." In Embodied Consciousness: Technologies of Performance. Jade Rosina McCutcheon and Barbara Sellers-Young, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • "Oberammergau". In The Greatest Shows on Earth. John Freeman, ed. London: Libri, 2011.
  • "Religious Experience as a Model for Emotional Experience in Theatre". Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 22.2 (2008).
  • "Rasa, 'Rasaesthetics', and Dramatic Theory as Performance Packaging". Theatre Research International 31.1 (2006)
  • "Who Is the Indian Shakespeare? Appropriation of Authority in a Sanskrit A Midsummer Night's Dream". New Literary History 34.2 (2003).
  • "Stanislavsky, Smarana, and Bhâv: Acting Method as Religious Practice in Vrindavan, India". Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 18.1 (2003).

Selected Reviews

  • Banaras Revisited: Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light, Istvan Keul, ed. Asian Theatre Journal, forthcoming.
  • Mapping South Asia Through Contemporary Theatre, Ashis Sengupta, ed. Modern Drama, forthcoming.
  • South Asian Festivals on the Move, Ute Hüsken and Axel Michaels, eds. Asian Theatre Journal 31.2 (2014).
  • Religion, Theatre, and Performance, Lance Gharavi, ed. Modern Drama 56.2 (2013).
  • The Colonial Staged: Theatre in Colonial Calcutta, by Sudipto Chatterjee. Theatre Research International 36.1 (2011).
  • Maqbool (film review). Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (2009).
  • Shakuntala (media review). Asian Theatre Journal 24.1 (2007).
  • The Second Highest World War: The Rama Theatre of India, by Anoop Chandola. Asian Theatre Journal 21.2 (2004).

Selected Lectures and Presentations

  • "Performative Suspension: The Limits of Liminality". University of Iowa, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. April, 2015.
  • "Lila and Divine Play". Abeerization in the Caribbean Panel Discussion. Hindu Prachar Kendra, Trinidad and Tobago. March, 2015.
  • "Rasa as a 'Conscious State'." Keynote address at the first International Natyasastra Conference. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. March, 2011.
  • "Râs Lila Theatre and Vaishnavism." University of Georgia, Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Oct., 2009.

Selected Conference Papers

  • "Play and Resistance in Ram Lila". Second International Conference on Ramlila. Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, Delhi. November, 2015.
  • "The Limits of Mimesis in Religious Performance." International Federation for Theatre Research Conference. Warwick. July, 2014.
  • "Monastic Performance." International Federation for Theatre Research Conference. Barcelona. July, 2013.
  • “The Infant Jesus of Prague”. Theatre and Religion Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research Conference. Santiago. July 2012.
  • “Metatheatre and Consciousness”. Theatre and Consciousness Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research Conference. Munich. July, 2010.
  • “Rasa as a ‘Conscious State’”. Working Session on Cognitive Studies in Theatre and Performance. American Society for Theatre Research Conference. Puerto Rico. November, 2009.
  • “Cognitive Theory and Medieval Performance”. International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May, 2009.
  • “Western Introductions to Indian Theatre.” Indian Society for Theatre Research Conference. Bangalore, India. January, 2008.
  • “Indian Play and Medieval Devotional Performance.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May, 2007.
  • “Theatre Is Religion: Ras Lila Audiences and the Experience of Theatre.” Comparative Drama Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March, 2007.
  • “Role Theory and the Paradox of Fiction.” Comparative Drama Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March, 2006.
  • “Rasa and the ‘Rasaboxes Exercise’: Legitimizing Theory and Practice through India.” American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting seminar. Penn State University. March, 2005.
  • “Mimesis and Presence in the Distinction of Theatre.” Comparative Drama Conference. Columbus, Ohio. May, 2004.
  • “Religious Life of Ras Lila Actors.” Comparative Drama Conference. Columbus, Ohio. April, 2002.
  • “Touching Reality in Ras Lila.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Chicago, IL. August, 2001.
  • “The Deity Made Me Do It: Subversive Aspects of Ras Lila Performance.” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Lansing, Michigan. September, 1999.
  • “The Divine Play: Ras Lila as Metatheatre.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Toronto, Canada. July, 1999.
  • “Playing God: Divine Roles in India’s Ras Lila.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Toronto, Canada. July, 1999.

Selected Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

Professional Affiliations

ETC.

Theatre In India

Theatre In India

A developing, online Introduction to Theatre in India textbook.

AAP

AAP

The Association for Asian Performance.

P and R

Performance and Religion

A working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Ecumenica

Ecumenica

Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance.