Theater Arts

Hesam Sharifian is a theatre historian, educator, and dramaturge. He is currently at the final stages of completing his dissertation entitled, “Americanizing Shakespeare in Print: Nineteenth Century American Illustrated Editions of Shakespeare's Works as Representations of National Identity.” Hesam holds a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Literature from Tehran University and a master's degree in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His scholarly publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Theatre Survey, Asian Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, Ecumenica, Academic Theatre Journal of Iran, and HowlRound. He is the recipient of several awards, fellowships, and grants from professional associations of the field and research libraries, including American Society for Theatre Research (Helen Krich Chinoy and Thomas Marshal Awards), American Antiquarian Society (Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in American Visual Arts), and the Mellon Foundation (seed grant for Public Humanities projects). His area of scholarly expertise is the intersection of theatre and visual arts, with case studies as varied as American Commercial Theatre in the Nineteenth Century, German Modernist Opera, and Global Blackface/Black Mask Performances.