Sarah Bay-Cheng

Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance

Sarah Bay-Cheng is Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance teaching performance history and theory, dramatic literature, and digital media performance.  Her research focuses on the intersections between performance and media including histories of cinema, social media, and technology in performance. Recent publications include Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015) and Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010) as well as essays in Theatre Journal, TheaterContemporary Theatre Review, and Theatre Journal, among others. Bay-Cheng frequently lectures internationally and in 2015 was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has served on the boards of Performance Studies international and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and she contributes to several editorial and advisory boards. Bay-Cheng has also worked as director and dramaturg with particular interest in intermedial collaborations and a fondness for puppetry. 

Education

  • Ph.D., Theater, University of Michigan, 2001
  • A.B., Theatre and Film Studies, magna cum laude, Wellesley College, 1996

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Research and Teaching

Current Research: Digital Historiography and Performance (book in progress)

Teaching Areas: theater history; digital media performance; American theater; performance studies

Research Interests: avant-garde literature, theater, and cinema; technology and performance; digital humanities; contemporary performance 

Recent Publications

Books: 

S. Bay-Cheng, J. Parker-Starbuck, D.Z. Saltz. Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (University of Michigan Press, 2015).
S. Bay-Cheng, C. Kattenbelt, A. Lavender, R. Nelson, eds. Mapping Intermediality in Performance(Amsterdam University Press/University of Chicago Press, 2010).
S. Bay-Cheng and Barbara Cole, eds. Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010).
S. Bay-Cheng. Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein’s Avant-Garde Theater (Routledge, 2004; pbk. 2005).

S. Bay-Cheng, J. Parker-Starbuck, D.Z. Saltz. Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (University of Michigan Press, 2015). S. Bay-Cheng, C. Kattenbelt, A. Lavender, R. Nelson, eds. Mapping Intermediality in Performance (Amsterdam University Press/University of Chicago Press, 2010). S. Bay-Cheng and Barbara Cole, eds. Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010).  S. Bay-Cheng. Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein’s Avant-Garde Theater (Routledge, 2004; pbk. 2005).

Articles:

S. Bay-Cheng, "Digital Historiography and Performance" Theatre Journal 68.4 (December 2016): 507-527.
S. Bay-Cheng, “Unseen: Performance Criticism in an Age of Digital Recordings” Theater 46.2 (2016): 77-85.
S. Bay-Cheng, “Postmedia Performance” Interventions - Contemporary Theatre Review (May 2016).
S. Bay-Cheng, “Virtual Realisms: Dramatic Forays into the Future” Theatre Journal 67.4 (December 2015): 686-698.
S. Bay-Cheng, “Global Screen Shots,” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 37.1 (PAJ 109/January 2015): 56-63

In the News

Bowdoin Daily Sun, "Studying Fictional Spy James Bond through Lens of Critical Theory" [video] (January 2, 2017)

WCBS - San Francisco, commentary on Hamilton cast response to Vice-President Elect Mike Pence (November 21, 2016)

Academic Highlight, "How Digital Technologies Are Changing Our Relationship to History and Performance" [article] (September 16, 2016)