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Una Chaudhuri

Collegiate Professor; Professor of English , Drama , Environmental Studies

Ph.D. 1982 (English and comparative literature), M.Phil. 1977, M.A. 1975, Columbia; M.A. 1973 (English literature), B.A. 1971, Delhi (India).

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street, 615 New York, New York 10003

Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: Tuesdays, 2-4pm and by appointment


(212) 998-8815


(212) 995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Modern Drama; theatre history; performance theory; animal studies; eco-criticism; art in the Anthropocene

Affiliated with other departments or programs:

?Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts; Department of Environmental Studies, FAS; ?New York University Abu Dhabi


Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her publications include No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Drama, Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal, and Land/Scape/Theater (co-edited Elinor Fuchs). Chaudhuri is a pioneer in the field of “eco-theatre”— plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—and helped to launch that field when she guest-edited a special issue of Yale’s Theater journal in 1994. Her introduction to that issue, entitled “’There must be a lot of fish in that lake’ Theorizing a Theatre Ecology,” is widely credited as a seminal contribution to the field. Chaudhuri was also among the first scholars of drama and theatre to engage with another rapidly expanding new inter-disciplinary field, Animal Studies, and guested-edited a special issue of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, on “Animals and Performance.” In 2014, she published books in both these fields: an Animal Studies book entitled Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and an ecocriticism book entitled The Ecocide Project: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Enelow). Her monograph, The Stage Lives of Animals: Zooësis and Performance , was published in 2017 by Routledge Press. Professor Chaudhuri participates in collaborative creative projects, including the multi-platform intervention entitled Dear Climate, which has been presented in New York, Santa Barbara, Troy, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, and the Netherlands. She is a founding member of CLIMATE LENS. She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards and a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.


New York University Visual Arts Initiative Awards (with Marina Zurkow), 2009; 2011
HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) Animals and Society Courses Award for the best established course, 2005 (for “Topics in Performance Studies: Animal Rites”); ATHE (American Theatre in Higher Education) Award for Excellence in Editing (2003); ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research) Honorable Mention, Barnard-Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History (1995); New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal (1993); Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University (1988); Mellon Foundation Presidential Research Fellowship (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1991-92); Presidential Fellowship, Columbia University (1976-77)

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today. Co-edited with Holly Hughes, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change. Co-authored with Shonni Enelow. Palgrave, 2014

Land/Scape/Theater.  Co-edited with Elinor Fuchs. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. Winner of ATHE’s Excellence in Editing Award, 2003.

Rachel’s Brain and other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal. Edited and with Commentaries by Una Chaudhuri.  London: Continuum, 2001.

Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.

No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Major Plays.  Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986.
Updated on 04/05/2017