Maya E Roth


Associate Professor


Department of Performing Arts
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Maya E. Roth is Director of Theater & Performance Studies at Georgetown and was the founding Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center (2005-07). She is professionally active as scholar and artist, with special focus on feminist performance, civic theater, plays by women, and cross-cultural stage adaptations. She is a leading scholar on the plays of international, award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, whose Our Country’s Good she directed for the Davis Center’s opening in 2005. Her 2008 volume International Dramaturgy—for which she wrote three chapters (coedited with Sara Freeman)—brings together scholars and artists from six countries to analyze the politics and poetics of the playwright’s theatre. Her recent writing includes articles, book chapters and performance reviews in journals such as Theatre Topics and Theatre Journal and anthologies such as Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Texts, The Senses in Performance, and Crucibles of Culture in Anglophone Drama. Since 2007, she has stewarded the Jane Chambers Contest for Women Playwrights, overseeing adjudication for roughly 150 plays annually for the Women and Theatre Program and Association for Theater in Higher Education.

A frequent respondent to DC theater, she has arranged more than a dozen artist residencies at Georgetown. Her recent direction-dramaturgy here includes Charles Mee’s Big Love, Wertenbaker’s The Grace of Mary Traverse, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom; she has also directed for the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center, The Marsh (San Francisco), Theatre Rhino, and in Summer Rep at UC Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D. She is one of five faculty-in-residence at Georgetown.


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