Current Doctoral Students

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


PhD in Drama & Theatre Program:

Course of Study
Comprehensive Examinations
Advancement to Candidacy
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Doctoral Faculty
Current Doctoral Students
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Stephanie Lim (MA, PhD Candidate, Stephanie Lim holds her BA and MA in English from California State University, Northridge. She teaches writing classes at both CSUN and AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Current research interests include the representation of cultural minorities in musical theatre, specifically with regard to Asian American and Deaf cultures. Her published work investigates topics like ecocriticism in The Little Shop of Horrors, cross-cultural relationships in The Book of Mormon, and the intersection of Deaf and Asian American cultures in Pippin. She recently finished a chapter exploring power relations and prison culture in Oz and Orange is the New Black.
Shane Wood (MA, PhD Candidate, Shane Wood holds MAs in English and Theatre from La Sierra University and San Diego State University. Throughout his career, he has striven to balance his academic endeavors as a theatre scholar with his artistic ambitions as an award-winning director, dramaturg, designer, and actor. He believes this continued work in both spheres makes him a better artist and scholar. His scholarly work examines Medieval and Early Modern representations of Women, specifically exploring the performativity of the female 14th and 15th century mystics of Italy and England and the depictions of women in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He continues to enjoy his works as an educator for high school and college students of English and drama and looks forward to continue building connections in his research. 
Amy Shine (MA, PhD Candidate, Amy is obsessed with intersections of text and performance in which women of England's Long 17th Century brought to the stage the beginning representations of the female voices of what would become Western, popular, mass media. She approaches the work with MAs in Theatre Arts (SDSU) and in English (La Sierra University), a passion for solving mysteries, a deep love of libraries and aged texts, a willingness to (continue to) travel wherever research (and funding) require (allow), and a thorough appreciation for the support and comradery of her peers and colleagues.  Her recent accomplishments include serving on the Planning Team of the International & Campuswide Orientations (2016), presiding over the standing session, "British Literature and Culture: To 1700" and presenting a paper in the "Drama and Society" session at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA, 2016) conference. Amy is excited to continue her dramaturgical career with work on Avenue Q, her first show at UCI and to teach the Development of Drama series for the Claire Trevor School of Drama. 
Ricardo Rocha (MA, PhD Student, Colombian American educator, actor, and stage director Ricardo Rocha holds an MA in Foreign Language, Literature and Translation with an emphasis in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin, and a BA from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature. His research interests include the adaptation, theory and performance of Latin American Literature on American stages.  Some of Ricardo’s favorite directing credits include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Marivaux’s Changes of Heart and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. He recently directed his first original work, Props 38s, at the Frida Kahlo Theatre in Los Angeles. As an Equity actor, favorite stage credits include lead roles at The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (Yerma, Sucedió en La Habana), with Luis Avalos at LATC (The Impostor), with Sinergia Theatre Company (La Malinche, Sexo Pudor y Lágrimas, Cuauhtémoc), and at Theatre X (The 8 Reindeer Monologues).
Michael Moshe Dahan (MFA, Michael is a scholar, filmmaker and artist who earned his MFA in Studio Art with a Critical Theory Emphasis from UC Irvine in 2012. His current work interrogates the intersection of psychoanalysis, political economy, post-colonial theory and aesthetic production emerging from Israel/Palestine. Specifically, his research deploys performative economic theories, psychoanalysis, and epigenetic approaches to historical trauma to examining disproportionate prisoner exchanges between Israel and Palestine. By assessing the performative capacity of exchange, his work proposes that these prisoner-swaps emerge as a form of differential judgment—a political valuation and overall depreciation of human life—that unleash a leakage of the unconscious, a drive towards what Bataille names an ‘expenditure without reserve,’ and one that turns the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian state out on itself, ejecting it outside the frame of its own ethical inside.  His experimental film, Two Points of Failure, was screened at the Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Jihlava, Bucharest, and Melbourne International Film Festivals, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.  Before receiving his MFA, he spent nearly a decade working as a film executive.  
Wind Woods (MFA, PhD Student, Wind Dell Woods is a playwright, scholar, and educator. He holds a MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State University. As a theatre artist his work explores the topics of race, gender, identity, community, and memory. He is influenced by Hip Hop music/culture, as well as ancient and modern mythology. Woods's research interests are in the fields of Hip Hop Theatre, Hip Hop aesthetics, narratology, blackness and performance, as well as the themes of death and rebirth, identity, gender, and slang.
Sam Kolodezh (PhD Student, His research interests lie at the intersection of Shakespeare Studies, Performance Philosophy, identity, techne, and touch. In his research, he seeks to articulate the relationship between formulations of identity and advances in technology in Early Modern England through examining the representations, performances, and technical developments of the Early Modern stage as they relate to theorizations of the human. He approaches his research through three affective frames: wonder, laughter, and laziness in order to explore and argue for non-anthropocentric relationships with technology and techne.    
Anna Renée Winget (MFA, PhD student, Anna Renée Winget holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She has taught at Boston University, Suffolk University, and currently teaches at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount University. Her research interests are engaged with queer theory, diasporic studies, yogic philosophy, and their intersections. Grounded in texts of ancient India such as The Natyasastra (India’s treatise on drama) and Yoga Sutras (Patanjali’s 8-fold path of yoga), she is currently examining theories of utopia and how they manifest in performance practice on sociocultural levels as well as levels of consciousness for audience members and performers.  
Leticia C. Garcia (MA, PhD Student, Leticia received her MA in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK. Her research critically examines the implications of cultural, artistic exchange between Mexico and Shakespeare. Leticia’s dissertation strongly entails an engagement with the question of what Shakespeare does in Mexican culture and a Mexican theatrical history and tradition and whether or not it has a limit. The figure of Shakespeare is more than just an aggregate, but an aggregation folding into an affective and real presence—and the ways in which these exchanges have overreached themselves as cultural differences to form a sociopolitical consciousness and norm which presents Shakespeare as the unifying universal icon. The project looks at how Shakespearean systems derive from “foundational” genres such as the cultural politics of nation-making in Mexico. And as such, using Shakespeare as a diagnostic of power and struggle.
Sonia Desai (PhD Student, Sonia Desai’s research interests include the interactions between gender studies and Early Modern drama. Her research project looks at the phenomenology of gender on the Early Modern stage through the plays of dramatists such as William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. Looking at theatre as a vehicle for cultural change and creation, she is conducting research in the way that gender was constructed and performed during the Early Modern period, particularly through a phenomenological lens. She is interested in the way that gender was, and continues to be, experienced in the worlds of the play and the theatre.  
Allison Rotstein (PhD Candidate, Allison's work engages the fields of Holocaust studies, trauma theory, memory, and transgenerational studies. Her research examines the confrontation of the past for post-war generations and the establishment of identity in the face of loss. Other interests include secrecy, the production of art under oppression, and clandestine artistic activity as a mode of resistance. Her dissertation is titled "Survival Anxieties, Stage Fright and Traumatic Performance in the Final Days of Holocaust Testimony."