I’m a professor of theater and performance studies teaching different kinds of theater history and theory, experimental performance, and researching the intersections of media technologies and performance, both historically and in contemporary culture. In fall of 2015, I was in residence at Utrecht University (Netherlands) as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies. In January 2016, I joined the Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where I teach courses in dramatic literature, theater history, and media performance. I also serve as the current Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin.
Outside of Maine, I administer the ASTR Working Group for Digital Research and Scholarship and am proud to be one of the co-hosts for the podcast On TAP, a podcast dedicated to issues of theater and performance studies. I also serve on the editorial boards for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Contemporary Theatre Review, the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, the ASAP/Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, and Theatre Topics. From 2012-2016, I was a member of the Board of Directors for Performance Studies International.
Prior to Bowdoin, I taught as an assistant professor in English and Theater at Colgate University (2001-2005) before moving to the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where I taught from 2005-2015. At UB, I was jointly appointed in Theatre & Dance and Media Study and served as Director of Graduate Study for new graduate programs I created in Theatre & Performance. From 2012-2015, I served as the Founding Director for the Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies (http://techne.buffalo.edu). In its first three years, Techne launched several new programs, including the Digital Scholarship and Cultures initiative (DiSC), the Art, Robotics, and Technology for Youth (ARTY) Workshop, and the Techne Trekker, a mobile media art studio designed to bring a variety of work to the community.
Research and publication info:
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Bay-Cheng