Current Doctoral Students

Emily Parise (MA, PhD Student, holds an MA in Drama and Performance from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in English from Seton Hall University. Her research interests are early modern theater and literature, with an emphasis on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Her work examines themes of metatheatre, performance and performativity, politics, and popular culture in early modern English theater. Other interests include: early modern working women, representations of madness, and Shakespeare's history plays.


Carly Amber Shaw (MA, PhD student, holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary American Drama. She is also interested in the construction of identity and memories of marginalized groups, narratological approaches to drama and the impact of narrative structures on readers and audiences.


Talin Abadian (MA, PhD student, holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Northridge and has an MA from Tehran University of Arts in Drama.  Her research centers around the performativity of public assembly and political protest, climate activism and performances of climate change, diasporic identity and contemporary theatre practices in Iran. As a playwright and an avid translator, she has published on theatre in Iranian newspapers and journals. She has also published translations of plays, a playwrighting textbook and a collection of essays in Iran.


Chengyuan "Eva" Huang (MA, PhD Student, obtained her MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Washington University of St. Louis, and her BA in Theatre and Mathematics from DePauw University. She is always intrigued by the constructive potentials of theatre and performance. Her current research interests include decolonial methodologies, rehearsal space, intercultural theatre, and community-based theatre/practice.


Qianru Li (MA, PhD student, Qianru studies, practices, and documents contemporary Asian American performance. They obtained their BA and MA from Shanghai Theatre Academy. Their current research centers on contemporary Chinese diaspora performance in the U.S. Chinatowns.



Minu Park (MA, PhD student, holds an MA in Theatre Arts from Bowling Green State University and a BA in English Language & Literature and Media & Communications from Korea University. Minu studies the performance of memory and survival in postcolonial Korea. Her research explores the Korean mode of survival of national trauma that gains power through emotional and physical coping strategies, as well as through listening and care instead of suffering and mourning. Minu is interested in the invisible, unheard, intangible energies that mark a hole or absence and speak through silence. 


Denise "Deni" Li (MFA, PhD Student, Deni holds an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. She is exploring how theatre and performance art can be "psychedelic" - that is, consciousness-expanding in its aesthetic, sensibility, or way of thinking. Deni is curious about how "psychedelic feelings" such as wonder, love, desire, anxiety, and grief can inspire us to approach ordinary and non-ordinary experiences differently, influence discourses of knowledge and power, and construct new intersectional feminist narratives. Deni's research interests include neurodiversity, intersubjectivity, critical theory, queerness, nonbinary/genderqueer feminism, immersive theatre, intermedia, Burning Man, practice-based research in the arts, mask work, and Asian American mental health. As a cross-genre writer, Deni is also drawn to intersections between performance-making, writing, and scholarship (in hybrid texts, critical autoethnography, and experimental criticism).

Chee-Hann Wu (MA, PhD student, holds an MA in Drama from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a BA in Foreign Language and Literature from National Taiwan University. Her research focuses on the intersections between puppetry and material embodiment of memory, and the use of puppetry as a lens to examine Taiwan’s cultural and sociopolitical environment. She is also drawn to the studies of body and/in space, along with the reenactment and potential healing of historical trauma. Chee-Hann has been working as a producer, director, dramaturg and stage manager in various productions.


Stephanie Lim (MA, PhD student, holds her BA and MA in English from California State University, Northridge. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in English and Drama at CSUN and AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Her dissertation focuses on the interactions of American Sign Language, music, and musical theatre, as well as the cultural translations and adaptations that occur as a result. Publications appear in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Everything Sondheim, and Studies in Musical Theatre. Stephanie recently completed a two-year stint as Graduate Student Representative for ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group and currently serves as Disability Studies Assistant Area Chair for Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA).

Shane Wood (MA, PhD Student, Shane Wood holds MAs in English and Theatre, directing and teaching throughout southern California.  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’s grief and trauma as depicted in the writings 14th and 15th century mystics of Italy and England and the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He is active in student advocacy and splits his time between his scholarly endeavors and working to better the quality of life for students across the UC system.  


Amy E. Shine (MA, PhD Student, has recently been honored with UCI’s Graduate Division Merit Fellowship. Their research examines the intersections of women's text and performance during Restoration England. These embodiments brought to the stage the beginning of female voices in what would become Western popular mass media. Shine approaches the work with MAs in Theatre Arts (SDSU) and in English (La Sierra University), passion for solving mysteries, deep love of libraries and aged texts, willingness to travel to wherever research requires, and their thorough appreciation for the comradery of their peers. Their advocacy work for Arts and Graduate support has taken them to Oakland, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Shine is focusing on completing the Ph.D. and currently serving the AGS Council Representative for CTSA and Treasurer for the UC-systemwide UCGPC. 


Michael Dahan (MFA, PhD student, is a scholar, filmmaker and artist who earned his MFA in Studio Art (UCI). His work interrogates the intersection of psychoanalysis, political economy, post-colonial theory and aesthetic production emerging from Palestine/Israel, specifically on works contending the entwined legacies of descendants of victims and perpetrators of the Nakba, and considers victims/perpetrators in the Palestine-Israel-Lebanon triangle and the broader Palestinian diaspora in Jordan and Syria. His dissertation will be accompanied by a curated exhibition, “The Messiah Triangle”, at the University Art Gallery at UCI (Fall, 2021). His experimental film, Two Points of Failure, was screened at the Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Jihlava, Bucharest, and Melbourne and Tribeca Film Festivals and the MAK Center in Los Angeles.  He was a film executive for a decade before receiving his MFA.