Carol Martin


Carol Martin

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 four special issues of TDR, “Reclaiming the Real” (2017), “Performing the City” (2015), “Documentary Theatre” (2006), and “Japanese Theatre: 1960s to the Present” (with Kurihara Nanako).


Select essays on contemporary theatre and theory include: Foreign Assembly: Okada’s Time’s Journey Through a Room” in TDR, Spring 2021, T250, guest edited by William Sun; “Holding a Mirror Up To Theatre: Milo Rau’s La Reprise: Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)” in TDR, T249, winter 2021; “Requiem” in TDR, Fall 2020; “The Power of Reimagining Cultural Tradition” in Wochi Kochi (Japanese journal), summer 2020, “The Theatricalization of Public and Private Life” a chapter of Theatre of the Real (in Chinese) for the Beijing journal Drama, 2019; “No Heaven, Only Sky” published in Skirball’s Indefinite Articles both online and in the printed matter, 2019; "Teatr I rzeczywistość," (“Artists’ Testimonies:” Theatre and Reality”) in Dialog (in Polish), 2019; “Our Reflection Talks Back” in American Theatre, August 2017; Locations of Memory: Bridging the Gap between Private and Public Memory in Location Performance and Theater Mitu’s Hamlet-Ur-Hamlet” in Sinais de cena, edited by the Centre for Theatre Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal 2016; “The Real and Its Outliers” in Theatre Journal, March 2015; “Performing the City” in TDR (T223), Fall 2014; “Becoming Corpus” with Richard Schechner TDR (T223) Fall 2014; “The Theatrical Life of Documents” in Peripeti (Scandinavian Theatre Journal) June 2014; “Rushing the Gates of Heaven: At Arena, Double Edge’s Grand Parade Marches through a Turbulent Century,” in American Theatre, April 2013; “After Paradise: The Open Theatre’s The Serpent, Terminal, and The Mutation Show,” in Theatre Arts China (in Chinese) issue # 5, 2010;  “Intersections of Art and Life: The Avant-Garde, Autobiography and Documentary” (in French) in Théâtre/Public, no. 190, a special issue entitled "Théorie et histoire” September 2008;  “Bertolt Brecht “in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, Macmillan, 2005; “The Magic of Ancient Japan Onstage” New York Times, Arts and Leisure, 23 March 2003: Sec. 2, p.5.; “Action Speaks Louder” New York Times, Arts and Leisure, 23 Sept. 2001: Sec. 2, p. 5.; “Another Kind of Metamorphosis” in Konteksty, vol. 1-4 (in Polish), 2001:  pp. 208-291; and “Theatre, Dance and Gender in a Global Context” in Theatre Art (in Chinese) published by Shanghai Theatre Academy, 2000.

Book Chapters

“Prophets Needed: Five Easy Pieces and La Reprise: Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) by Milo Rau in Staging 21st Century Tragedies: Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis edited by Avra Sidiropoulou, Routledge, forthcoming 2022.

“Foreign Assembly: Okada’s Time’s Journey Through a Room” in Okada Toshiki and Japanese Theatre Edited by Peter Eckersall, Andreas Regelsberger, Barbara Geilhorn, and Cody Poulton

Performance Research Books, 2021.

“Under the Radar Festival, New York: Experimental, Urban and Global” in Cambridge Companion to International Theatre Festivals edited by Ric Knowles, Cambridge University Press, 2020.

La Table et Le Monde Hors Scène: Les Objects Scéniques Dans Le Théâtre Du Réel” (“Tables and the Offstage World: Stage Objects and Theatre of the Real”) in Les Théâtres documentaires edited by Beatrice Picon-Vallin, Montlellier, Deuxième époque, 2019.

 “The Theatrical Life of Documents” in Das Dokument in den Künsten edited by Daniela Hahn, Wilhelm Fink publishers, Berlin, 2016.

“History and Politics Onstage: The Theatre of the Real” in Not Just a Mirror. Looking for the Political Theatre of Today edited by Florian Malzacher, Alexander Verlag, Berlin & Live Arts Development Agency, London, 2015.


She is the General Editor of the book series “In Performance” published by Seagull Books, distributed by The University of Chicago Press.

Recent anthologies published: Citizens of Tokyo: Six Plays by Oriza Hirata edited by Cody Poulton (2019); Everything and Other Texts from Germany edited by Matt Cornish (2019). Stories Under Occupation and Other Plays (2019) edited by Samer Al-Saber and Gary English; The Intricate Art of Actually Caring and Other New Zealand Plays with an Introduction and edited by Sharon Mazer (2018); I Love XXX and Other Plays of Meng Jinghui with an Introduction and edited by Claire Conceison (2017); Unofficial Rolexana and Other Plays of Özen Yula edited by Seçil Reel with an Introduction by Marvin Carlson (2017). Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution edited by Mohammed Albakry and Rebecca Maggor with an Introduction by Nehad Salaiha (2016); How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays Matei Visniéc (2015); Rechnitz; The Merchant's Contracts

Areas of Research/Interest

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

Honors and Awards

Martin has been 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.