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Carol Martin

Academic Director; Professor

Carol Martin is a Professor of Drama. Her books include Theatre of the Real and Dance Marathons: Performing American Culture of the 1920s and 1930s. She is the Editor of Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage, A Sourcebook of Feminist Theatre, and the co-editor with Henry Bial of Brecht Sourcebook.  She is the Guest Editor of two special issues of TDR, “Performing the City” (2015) and “Documentary Theatre (2006).” She has contributed essays on contemporary theatre and theory to national and international journals including Theatre Journal, Theatre Arts (Japan), TDR, Peripeti, and Theatre Arts China. Martin's essays and interviews have been translated into Turkish, French, Polish, Chinese, Romanian, and Japanese. Her many book chapters include:  “The Theatrical Life of Documents” in Dokument in den Künsten (2016); “History and Politics Onstage: The Theatre of the Real” in Not Just a Mirror. Looking for the Political Theatre of Today (2015); “The Politics of Telling and Workers' Rights: The Case of Mike Daisey” in Unspeakability (2015);); “Tables on Stage: The Rise of the Messenger” in Performance Studies in Motion: International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century (2014);  “Jews and Jewishness in Documentary Theatre” in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context (2012); “Living Simulations” in Get Real (2009); “The Political is Personal: Feminism, Democracy and Antigone Project” in Feminist Theatrical Re-Visions of Classic Texts (2008); “Reality Dance: American Dance Marathons” in The Social and Popular Dance Reader (2009); and, “After Paradise: The Open Theatre’s The Serpent, Terminal, and The Mutation Show,” in Restaging the Sixties: Radical Collectives and their Legacies (2006). She has been a Keynote Speaker at several international conferences including “Rethinking Political Theatre in the West” at Tel Aviv University (2015), Monsters of Reality Festival and Conference, Dramatikkens Hus, Oslo, Norway, (2012),  ” Things Unspeakable: Theatre and Human Rights Conference, University of York, UK (2011), and,  “Not By Words Alone” Acting With Facts Conference,” the University of Reading UK (2010). Martin is the General Editor of “In Performance,” a book series devoted to international performance texts and plays published by Seagull books and distributed by The University of Chicago Press: In Performance

Areas of Research/Interest

Theatre of the real; contemporary live performance, objects on stage; and performance theory.

Honors and Awards

Martin was awarded a Visiting Professor Fellowship at Tokyo University, Komaba Graduate School of Arts and Science, two Fulbright awards, an NEH, a Mellon, a De La Torre Bueno Special Citation for Dance Marathons, Best Issue of the Year by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, and travel and research grants from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Tisch School of the Arts. Martin has been nominated for the teaching award at NYU.