UCI-UCSD Presidential Suite Reunion at ASTR, Minneapolis, 2016

Mentor Breakfast organized by Katie Turner and Guy Zimmerman. ASTR conference, Portland, 2015.

Great turnout from the UCI/UCSD joint program at the ASTR conference. Portland, 2015

Asian Performance Conference at UCI, 2008

Asian & TransNation Seminar, 2010

PhD Recruitment, 2014

Monthly PhD Program Meeting, 2014

Welcome Week, 2014

Faculty Panel at the PhD Recruitment Event, 2014

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Katie Turner (2016) 
Lecturer, San Diego State University, Department of Theatre, Television, and Film
Lecturer, University of California in San Diego, Department of Theatre and Dance

Dissertation: "Damsels in Distress: Theatre, Anxiety, and the Feminine from the American Revolutionary War to the Civil War" (Adviser: Ketu H. Katrak)

Affiliations: Artist in Residence, The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (2016-Present)
Founder, San Diego Theatre Lab (2016-Present)
Team Leader, Southern California Chapter of the American Theatre Archive Project (2015-Present)

Guy Zimmerman (2016) 
Instructor in Performance Studies,  CalArts and CalPoly Pomona
Dissertation: “Notes from a Fugitive City: Situated Theatre in Neoliberal Los Angeles” (Advisor: Bryan Reynolds)
Recent Publications: “In the Furnace of Disorientation: Tragic Drama and the Liturgical Force of Metal,” Architecture in the Age of the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press).
“The Captain in LA: Reza Abdoh’s Bricolage and the Rise of Neoliberalism,” Theatre Journal, Spring 2017
“Playing with Fluid-Space: Site-Specific Placement and the Techno-pharmacology of Maria Irene Fornés's Mud,” SubStance, 2016
“Performing Counter-Sorcery: Lemi Ponifasio’s Tempest: Without a Body,” Shakespeare Bulletin 2015.

Alicia Tycer (2006)
Adjunct Professor at California State University, Los Angeles

DissertationVoices of Witness During the “Crisis in Masculinity:” Contemporary British Women Playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre (Advisor: Janelle Reinelt, 2006)
PublicationsContinuum Modern Theatre Guide: Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls; “Victim. Perpetrator. Bystander:” Melancholic Witnessing of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis” (Theatre Journal).
PlaysThe Wall: A Musical Misdeed (CSULA).  The Civil War: A Tragi-Comedy (John Lion New Plays Festival), Lysistrata: A Re-Imagining (Grove Theatre Center), Dreaming of Women (Moving Arts), Space: The Final Frontier (with Opera Del Espacio, South Coast Rep) and H.U.A.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center).


Cipriana Petre (2008)

Dissertation: "Twice-mapping Romania: Towards a performative gridding of politics and a political cartography of theatre in communism and post-communism" (Advisor:  Bryan Reynolds, 2008)


Janna Segal (2008)
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Louisville

Dissertation: Shakespearean-Becomings: Transversal Explorations of Amorous Desire on the Shakespearean Stage (Advisor: Bryan Reynolds, 2008).
Publications: Single and co-authored articles on Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Roaring Girl, As You Like It, and Fo and Rame’s Elisabetta.
Other Achievements: Resident Dramaturg for the Comparative Drama Conference’s New Play Staged Reading Series.


Greg Ungar (2008)
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Denver

Dissertation: "Ancient, Vicious, Luscious: Secrecy in Western Drama" (Advisor: Marianne McDonald, 2008)


Karen O'Brien (2009)
Assistant Professor and David G. Frey Fellow in Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC)

Dissertation: “Approaching the Human/Spirit Nexus: The Crisis and Promise of (Post)Secular Millennialism in the Fin-de-millénaire Plays of Marina Carr and Conor McPherson” (Advisor: Marianne McDonald, 2009).
Recent Publications: Essays in Journal of Dramatic Criticism and Theory, Contemporary Literary Criticism; 'Out of Earth': Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts (Cork University Press, 2010); and The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh, Études Irlandaises and in Theatre Journal.
Other Achievements: Mellon Book Workshop sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

Paul Backer (2009)
Associate Professor of Theatre Practice
Director of Undergraduate Voice and Movement
School of Dramatic Arts, DRC
University of Southern California

Dissertation: "Shakespeare, Alchemy and Dao (Tao): The Inner Alchemical Theatre" (Advisor: Bryan Reynolds, 2009)
Other Achievements: Directed 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes and 12 Ophelias by Caridad Svich at USC.

Taehyung Kim (2009)
Assistant Professor, American Studies, Keimyung University, South Korea

Dissertation: “Performing Victimhood in Asian American Drama” (Advisor: Daphne Lei, 2009).
Recent Publications: Incompatible Suffering:  Performing Victimhood in Asian American Drama (VDM Verlag, 2010); “Historicizing Orature: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s Popular Theatre in I Will Marry When I WantThe Comparative Study of World Literature, Sep. 2014; “A Study of American Political Plays after 9/11: Witnessing Biopolitics through Documentary Drama” Journal of American Studies, Sep. 2014.
Other Achievements: National Research Foundation of Korea: Young researchers Grant, 2013 and 2014; National Research Foundation of Korea: Next-Generation Academic Researchers Grant, 2011


Rebecca Johannsen (2010)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Speech and Communication at Mercy College, NY
Adjunct Instructor at Theatre Studies at NYU

Dissertation: "Sacred Death: Rewriting Women's Theatrical Suicide" (Advisor: Tony Kubiak, 2010)


Donovan Sherman (2011)
Assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

Dissertation: "Second Death: Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare" (advisor: Bryan Reynolds, 2011)
Recent Publications: Essays in Shakespeare Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Other Achievements: Research grant from the university council research (URC) from Seton Hall.

Daniel Moorhead (2012)
Lecturer in theater history & criticism for the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University, Camden

Dissertation: "Curtains, Islands, and Intervals: On the Ontology of Concealment and Revelation within Theater, Performance, and Subjectivity" (Advisor: Tony Kubiak, 2012)


Adam Bryx (2012)

Dissertation: “Pirate Streams: Informatics, Transversality, Passports, and Performance in Early Modern England” (Advisor: Bryan Reynolds, 2012)


Daniel L. Keegan (2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming.

Dissertation: "The Prophetic Stage: Constituting Performance In and After Shakespeare" (Advisor:  Bryan Reynolds, 2013).
Publications: “Performing Prophecy: More Life on the Shakespearean Scene” Shakespeare Quarterly, Special Issue: Shakespeare and Performance, 62.3 (Fall 2011), 420-43.


Jaye Austin Williams (2013)
Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow, UCI (2014-2015)
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at California State University Long Beach (Fall 2015)

Dissertation: "Solving for X: The Allegorhythms of Black Feminist Playwriting" (Advisor: Frank Wilderson, 2013)
Other Achievements: Director, The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace (UCI, 2015); The Trial of Dedan Kimathi by Ngugi wa Thiongo and Micere Mugo (UCI, 2014); The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe (UCI, 2011); Playwright and Director, Diversityville, Dramatic Transformation (UCI, 2012-2013)

Li-Wen Joy Wang (2013)
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of Drama and Theater, National Taiwan University.

Dissertation: "Politicizing Nostalgia: Cold War Theater in Taiwan and the US from the 1950s to the 1960s" (Advisor: Daphne P. Lei, 2013).
Recent Publications: "Beyond Political Propaganda: Performing Anti-communist Nostalgia in the 1950s' Taiwan" in Theatre History Studies 34 (2014).

Maria Patrice Amon (2014)
Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow, UCI (2015-2016)
Dissertation: “Little Girls and Legal Defendants: Theatricalization and Performances of Innocence in Modern American Culture” (Advisor: Stephen Barker, 2014)
Other Achievements: University Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Irvine (2013); University Pedagogical Fellow, University of California, Irvine (2012-2013)

Kristin Keating (2014)
Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University-Fullerton

Dissertation: "The Performative Corpse: Anatomy Theatres from the Medieval Era to the Virtual Age" (Advisor: Anthony Kubiak, 2014)
Recent Publications: “A World of (No) Wonder, or No Wonder-wounded Hearers Here: Toward a Theory on the Vanishing Mediation of ‘No Wonder’ in Shakespeare’s Theater," co-authored with Bryan Reynolds, Wonder in Shakespeare. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
Other Achievements: Chancellor’s Club Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2013-2014); University Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Irvine (2013); University Pedagogical Fellow, University of California, Irvine (2012-2013)

Lauren McCue (2015)

Dissertation:  Feminist Views of the Fallen Woman: From Hrotsvit of Gandersheim to Rebecca Prichard (Advisor: Bryan Reynolds, 2015)


Kate Stone (2015)
Adjunct Professor, Performing Arts, Santiago Canyon College

Dissertation: "Passion, Purity and Patriotism: Melodrama and the Evangelical Divide" (Advisor: Tony Kubiak, 2015)