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Hesam Sharifian

Published October 7, 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies


Hesam Sharifian (he/him) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies in the School of Theatre. A theatre historian, educator, and dramaturg, his research focuses on visual performances on the page, particularly in illustrations, drawings, paintings, and other visual ephemera pertaining to the theatre. He is currently working on his first manuscript entitled, Picturing an American Shakespeare: Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Editions of Shakespeare and Performing Nationalism on the Page. The book is an iconographic study of the illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s work that contextualizes pictorial material within theatrical, political, and social histories of the United States. 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 the American Society for Theatre Research (Helen Krich Chinoy and Thomas Marshal Awards), the American Antiquarian Society (Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in American Visual Arts), and the Mellon Foundation (seed grant for Public Humanities projects). Hesam served as a guest editor for a special issue of Ecumenica on Theatre and Performance of Muslim Worlds, published in Fall 2018. 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, Middle-Eastern Theatre and Performance, and Global Blackface/Black Mask Performances.


Ph. D. Tufts University (Theatre and Performance Studies)

M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Theatre History and Criticism)

B.A. Tehran University (Dramatic Literature)

Teaching Areas 

World Theatre History I & II

Play Analysis

Middle Eastern Theatre and Cinema