Sukanya Chakrabarti is an artist-scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre. Her research has been published in journals such as Indian Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, and Emergency Index. Her performance practice, scholarship and teaching lie in the intersection of oral history, postcolonial studies, ethnomusicology, transcultural theatre and performance, experimental devised performances and community-based performance-making.
Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University, California
M.A. in English literature, Jadavpur University, India
B.A. in English literature, Jadavpur University, India
World Theatre History, Theatre of South Asian Diaspora, Transcultural Theatre
Postcolonial studies and postcolonial eco-criticism; transculturalism; cosmopolitanism and globalization studies; South Asian theater and performance studies (including performances of South Asian diaspora); ethnomusicology; theater history, theory, criticism and performance theory; direction and dramaturgy
Scholarly and Creative Works
- ‘The Plays of Kalidasa: Treading the Line Between Constraint and Freedom’, Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, Vol. 11, No. 2, December 2017, pp. 4-21.
- ‘Rabindranath Tagore and the Bauls: Representation and Performance of Bauls as Socio-political Actors’, Indian Theater Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2017, pp. 67-81.
- Book Review: Manujendra Kundu, So Near, Yet So Far: Badal Sircar’s Third Theatre in Modern Drama, Volume 60, Issue 3, August 2017, pp. 401-404.
- Primary Dramaturg for The Parting, co-produced by EnActe Arts, The 1947 Partition Archive, Noorani Dance Company and India Currents, March 2018
- Dramaturg and Co-director for Ramayana, co-produced by EnActe Arts and SFShakes, October 2017
Awards and Affiliations
- Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, Stanford University 2016
- Wisch Fellowship for completing work in South Asia 2014 – 2015
- Graduate Research Opportunity Award, Stanford University, for fieldwork research in South Asia 2014
- Spark!, Stanford Arts Institute, to make creative work in the field of performance studies 2014
- Graduate Student Research Fellowship from Center for South Asia, Stanford University, to conduct fieldwork research in South Asia during summer 2013
- Center for South Asia’s Community Service Fellowship to work with CRY (Child Rights and You), an NGO in India 2012
- Graduate Student Research Fellowship from Center for South Asia, Stanford University, to conduct fieldwork research in South Asia during summer 2011