Erin Mee, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of English, Drama

Areas of Research/Interest:

Contemporary Indian performance, Theories of acting and directing, Spectatorship, Neuroperformance, Contemporary Remakings of Greek tragedy

External Affiliations:

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Performance Studies International


Erin B. Mee’s book The Theatre of Roots: Redirecting the Modern Indian Stagewas published in 2008 by Seagull Books and Palgrave-McMillan (part of the Enactments series edited by Richard Schechner). She is co-editor (with Helene Foley of Barnard College) of Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (Oxford University Press, 2011), which examines the reasons and ways Antigone has been mobilized in a wide variety of historical, political, and cultural contexts around the world; and editor of DramaContemporary:India, a collection of modern Indian plays published in the United States by Johns Hopkins University Press and in India by Oxford University Press. Her articles have appeared in TDR, Theater Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Seagull Theatre Quarterly, American Theatre Magazine, and in numerous edited books. In addition to her scholarship, Ms. Mee is a theatre director who has worked at some of the most important theatres in the United States, including New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and The Magic Theatre. In India she has directed two of Kavalam Narayana Panikkar’s plays in Malayalam with his company Sopanam. Her research areas include contemporary Indian performance, directors on actor training, neuroperformance, spectatorship, and the reception of classical plays.


Fulbright Grant, Dean’s Dissertation Award, Paul Goddard Award for Dissertation Work


2014    Co-editor (with Kevin Wetmore and Siyuan Liu) Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900-2000. Methuen.

2011    Co-Editor (with Helene Foley, Classics, Barnard) Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Oxford University Press. June 2011.

2009    Theatre of Roots: Redirecting The Modern Indian Stage. Seagull Books, Kolkata and Palgrave-MacMillan. Part of series titled Enactments, edited by Richard Schechner.

2001    Editor, DramaContemporary: India, a collection of contemporary plays from India with an introduction. Johns Hopkins University Press. Printed in India by Oxford University Press, 2002.


2014    “Rasa Is/As/And Emotional Contagion” In Natyasastra: Aesthetics, Epistemology & Performance Practice, edited by Sreenath Nair. McFarland Press.

2014    “Standing Man and the Impromptu Performance of Hope” TDR 58:3 (223). Fall.

2014    Article on Naomi Wallace in The Theatre of Naomi Wallace: Embodied Dialogues, edited by Scott Cummings. Palgrave MacMillan.

2014    Editor of India entries (and author of many of the entries) for:Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting. General Editor: Simon Williams. Cambridge University Press.

2013    “Hearing the ‘Music of the Hemispheres,’” a born-digital multimodal composition-article about “neuroperformance” for TDR 57:3, T219. Fall.

2013    “Women Directors in India.” In International Women Stage Directors, edited by Anne Fliotsos and Wendy Vierow.

2012    “The Cultural Intifada: Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank.” TDR 56:3 (T215). Fall 2012.

2012    “The Freedom Theatre: Creation Under Occupation,” with Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi. American Theater magazine. February issue. Part I of a two-part article.

2012    Article on The Freedom Theatre’s production While Waiting. January 2012.

2011    “Comment: Juliano Mer Khamis: Murder, Theatre, Freedom, Going Forward.” TDR 55:3 (T211). Fall.

2010    “But is it Theatre? Colonial Culture‘s Impact on Theatrical History in India.” In Theatre History: Critical Questions, edited by Henry Bial and Scott Magelssen. University of Michigan Press.

2010    “Classics, Cultural Politics, and the Role of Antigone in Manipur, NE India.” In India, Greece, and Rome 1757-2007 edited by Edith Hall and Phiroze Vasunia. London: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.

2007    “Mahesh Dattani: Invisible Issues.” In Mahesh Dattani’s Plays: Critical Perspectives, ed. Angelie Multani. New Delhi: Pencraft International.

2007    Editor, India section, Columbia Encyclopedia of World Drama, ed. Gabrielle Cody and Evert Sprinchorn. Columbia University Press. Also author of general entry on Indian theatre, as well as entries on Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Girish Karnad, Ratan Thiyam, Mahesh Dattani, Tripurari Sharma, Usha Ganguli, Ottayan, Theyyatheyyam, Hayavadana, Tughlaq, Chakravyuha, A Muggy Night in Mumbai, 30 Days in September, Rudali.

2005    “Hayavadana: Model of Complexity.”  In Girish Karnad’s Plays: Performance and Critical Perspectives, ed. Tutun Mukherjee.  New Delhi: Pencraft International.