Una Chaudhuri

Professor of Drama and English

Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications includeAnimal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.” She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards. She is a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Areas of Research/Interest 

Modern Drama; theatre history; performance theory; animal studies; eco-criticism; art in the Anthropocene

Affiliated with other departments or programs 
New York University Abu Dhabi


New York University Visual Arts Initiative Awards (with Marina Zurkow), 2009; 2011
HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) Animals and Society Courses Award for the best established course, 2005 (for “Topics in Performance Studies: Animal Rites”); ATHE (American Theatre in Higher Education) Award for Excellence in Editing (2003); ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research) Honorable Mention, Barnard-Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History (1995); New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal (1993); Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University (1988); Mellon Foundation Presidential Research Fellowship (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1991-92); Presidential Fellowship, Columbia University (1976-77)


Animal Acts: Performing Species Today. Co-edited with Holly Hughes, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change. Co-authored with Shonni Enelow. Palgrave, 2014

Land/Scape/Theater.  Co-edited with Elinor Fuchs. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. Winner of ATHE’s Excellence in Editing Award, 2003.

Rachel’s Brain and other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal. Edited and with Commentaries by Una Chaudhuri.  London: Continuum, 2001.

Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.

No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Major Plays.  Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986.