Edward Ziter is a theatre historian with particular interest in the intersections between European and Arab performance traditions. His most recent book, Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising (2014), was co-winner of the Joe A. Calloway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater. Other publications include The Orient on the Victorian Stage (2003) as well as articles on Shakespearean actors and comic actors of the Romantic and Victorian periods and on contemporary theatre and film in the Arab World. He served as Middle Eastern area editor for the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting (2015). He is Affiliate Faculty in the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Department of English, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Theater Program at NYU Abu Dhabi. His current research focuses on nationalist performance during the Arab Renaissance (the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries), focusing on Arabizations of Romantic dramas and Shakespeare.
B.A., M.A., Brown University
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara