Savas Patsalidis
Editor-in-chief

Academic & Critic
(Greece/Grèce)

Savas Patsalidis, Professor of theatre and performance history and theory in the School of English (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki), the Hellenic Open University and the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. He is also a regular lecturer on the Graduate Programme of the Theatre Department at Aristotle University. He is the author of fourteen books on theatre and performance criticism/theory and co-editor of another thirteen. His two-volume study, Theatre, Society, Nation (2010), was awarded first prize for best theatre study of the year. His latest book-length study Theatre & Theory II: About Topoi, Utopias and Heterotopias was published in 2019 by University Studio Press. In addition to his academic activities, he writes theatre reviews for the ejournals parallaxi and thegreekplay project. He is currently the president of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, member of the curators’ team of Forest Festival (organized by the National Theatre of Northern Greece) and the editor-in-chief of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques, the journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics.


Jeffrey Eric Jenkins
Executive Editor

Academic & Critic
(USA/États-Unis)

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins is Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He served as Head of the Department of Theatre from 2012 to 2017 and set the department on a course that resulted in greatly enhanced engagement with online education, financial stability, and improved national rankings. With his creative partner, director Daniel Sullivan, Jenkins has provided new plays with fully realized productions, including works by David Auburn and Donald Margulies. Executive editor of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques, he has written hundreds of articles for major newspapers, reference books and scholarly journals. Jenkins has published nine books and served three terms as vice president of AICT-IATC.

Don Rubin
Managing Editor

Academic & Critic
(Canada)

Don Rubin is Managing Editor of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques. He is the General Editor of Routledge’s six-volume World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre and founding Editor of Canada’s national theatre quarterly Canadian Theatre Review. He is Professor Emeritus of Theatre at York University in Toronto and Founding Director and Former Chair of both York’s Department of Theatre and its MA/PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies. His volume Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings is a standard volume on the subject. He is a vice-president and trustee of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

Ian Herbert
Language Editor (and Board Member)

Publisher, Critic
(England/Angleterre)

Ian Herbert is now consultant editor of Theatre Record, which he edited and published from 1981 to 2003. He edited the technical journal Sideline, 1984-91. He writes regularly for theatre journals worldwide, including a fortnightly column in The Stage newspaper. President 2001-2008 of IATC, he is now an Honorary President. A board member of the Europe Theatre Prize, he is also past Chairman of the Society for Theatre Research in London and a trustee in the Critics’ Circle. He is a visiting professor of three US universities and has lectured in many countries of the world.

Michel Vaïs
Language Editor (and Board Member)

Critic & Scholar
(Quebec, Canada)

Michel Vaïs was born in Tunisia, but he is living in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) since the age of 12. He became an actor at 17, in an avant-garde theatre company, then a director and a playwright, before getting degrees in three universities and teaching for 12 years. He received his Bachelor from Université de Montréal, Master of Arts from McGill University, and Doctorate in Theatre Studies from Université de Paris 8. He then became a broadcaster for Chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada and is editor at Revue de théâtre Jeu since its foundation in 1976 (and now senior editor). He presided the Quebec Association of Theatre Critics and joined the International Association of Theatre Critics in 1992. He became treasurer, then vice-president, and, since 1998, he is Secretary General of the IATC, serving with four presidents. He is also the French language editor for the IATC journal Critical Stages/Scènes critiques.


Maria Shevtsova
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(England/Angleterre)

Maria Shevtsova is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at the Department of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an invited theatre critic at the annual Golden Mask National Theatre Award and Festival in Moscow, among other festivals.  She is the co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly published by Cambridge University Press, an editor of Critical Stages, and on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Polish Theatre Perspectives.  Shevtsova works closely with directors and theatre companies, and her numerous publications include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance  (2004), Robert Wilson (2007) and Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009), which also reflects her theatre-criticism and theoretical concerns.

Patrice Pavis
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(France)

Patrice Pavis was professor of theatre studies at the University of Paris (1976-2007) and the University of Kent at Canterbury. Educated in the Ecole normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud (1968-1972), where he studied German and French literature, he has published a Dictionary of theatre (translated into thirty languages), and books on Performance analysis, Contemporary French dramatists and Contemporary mise-en-scène. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of London (Queen Mary) and Honoris Causa Doctor at the University of Bratislava. His most recent publication is La Mise en scène contemporaine, Armand Colin, 2007; English translation by Routledge, 2012. In 2011-2012, he is a visiting professor at the Korea National University of the Arts, Seoul.

Lissa Tyler Renaud
Board Member

Director, Critic, Scholar
(USA/États-Unis)

Lissa Tyler Renaud (M.A Directing; Ph.D. Theatre History/Criticism) is director of InterArts Training, based in Oakland, California. She has taught, lectured and published widely on acting, directing, voice, body alignment, dramatic theory and the early European avant-garde throughout the U.S., at major theatre institutions of Asia, and in England, Mexico, Russia and Sweden. Recipient of Ford Foundation and National Science Council grants, she is also an award-winning actress, a director and popular recitalist. Book publications include: The Politics of American Actor Training (Routledge 2009/2011) and an invited chapter in the Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky (2013). Renaud was founding editor (English) of Critical Stages (2007-14), and remains a contributing editor and board member. She is senior editor for the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China, and a longtime senior writer for Scene4 international cultural magazine.

Ivan Medenica
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Serbia/Serbie)

Ivan Medenica (Belgrade, Serbia), works at the FDA as an Associate Professor, teaching The History of World Drama and Theatre, and holds the position of the Head of the Department for Theory and History. He is an active theater critic and has received five times the national award for the best theatre criticism. He was the artistic director of Sterijino Pozorje in Novi Sad, the leading national theater festival in Serbia (2003-2007), to which he brought some important structural changes, especially in the domain of internationalization. From 2001 to 2012, Medenica was one of the main editors of the prestigious journal Teatron. He is a member of the International Association of Theater Critics’ Executive Committee and the Director of its international conferences. He is also member of the editorial board of Critical Stages, the web journal of the Association, and as of October 2015, the artistic director of Bitef Festival (Belgrade).

Femi Osofisan
Board Member

Academic & Playwright
(Nigeria)

Femi Osofisan is one of Africa’s foremost dramatists as well as a Professor Emeritus at the University of Ibadan. A winner of numerous international prizes including the International Association of Theatre Critics’ Thalia Prize, Osofisan has taught and lectured across Africa as well as in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Critical Stages.

Yun Cheol Kim
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(S. Korea/Corée du Sud)

Yun-Cheol Kim obtained his Ph.D. from BYU with his dissertation on contemporary American Drama. He served as President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) from 2008 till 2014. During his presidency, he launched IATC’s journal Critical Stages, in 2009. Now, he is an honorary president of the association. He served as artistic director of the National Theatre Company of Korea for four years, from the beginning of 2014 till the end of 2017. He retired from the School of Drama, Korean National University of the Arts in 2015, where he taught for twenty years, and, now, is its honorary professor. He received the Cultural Order from the Korean government in 2008. Two-time winner of the “Critic of the Year Award,” he has published twelve books, two of which are anthologies of theatre reviews. 

Jean Pierre Han
Board Member

Critic
(France)

Jean-Pierre Han : Journaliste et critique dramatique. A créé la revue Frictions, théâtres-écritures dont il dirige la rédaction. Rédacteur en chef des Lettres françaises. Collabore à de nombreuses publications françaises et étrangères. A enseigné pendant quinze ans à l’IET de Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle, à Paris X, Université d’Évry. Ancien président du Syndicat de la critique de théâtre, musique, danse. Vice-Président de l’AICT (Association internationale des critiques de théâtre). Directeur des stages pour jeunes critiques. Derniers livres parus Critique dramatique et alentours (Théâtres-Écritures), 2015, Roger Vitrac : Portrait en éclats (Théâtres-Écritures), 2017.

Thomas Irmer
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Germany/Allemagne)

Thomas Irmer is a Berlin-based scholar and critic regularly contributing to Theater der Zeit, Theater heute and Shakespeare (Norway). He has also worked for various international festivals, e.g. 2003-2006 as dramaturge for spielzeit europa / Berliner Festspiele. His recent books include Andrzej Wirth: Flucht nach vorn. Erzählte Autobiographie und Materialien (2013) and Maria Steinfeldt Das Bild des Theaters (2015). Recent academic research covered the internationalization of German theatre, a subject he taught at the University of Osnabrück 2014/15. He also directed, in 2004, the prize-winning documentary film, The Staged Republic: Theatre in the GDR.

Matti Linnavuori
Board Member

Critic
(Finland/Finlande)

Matti Linnavuori wrote theatre criticism between 1978 and 2013 for various newspapers and weeklies in his native Finland. In 1985, he worked for the BBC World Service in London. Since 1998, he has presented papers at numerous IATC events. In the 2000s, he wrote for Teatra Vestnesis in Latvia. Since 1992, he has written and directed several radio plays for YLE the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In March 2016, his play Ta mig till er ledare (Take me to your leader) premiered at Lilla Teatern in Helsinki.

Manabu Noda
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Japan/Japon)

Manabu Noda is Professor at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. As a theatre critic and researcher, he has written on British and Japanese theatre, acting and theatre history. He is currently editor in chief of the Theatre Arts (IATC Japan) and on the editorial board of Critical Stages (IATC). His English publications include “Immersion as the Inscription of Theatre-Maker’s Reading: Complicite, The Encounter,” in Contemporary Drama and Performative Space: From Playwriting to Immersive Theatre (2018); “Trying to Give Shape to an Unending End: Post-3/11 Theatre in Tokyo,” Critical Stages 6 (2012); “From Articulation to Synthesis: Stage Passions from the Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries in England,” in Aufführungsdiskurse im 18. Jahrhundert (2011); and “The Body Ill at Ease in Post-War Japanese Theatre,” New Theatre Quarterly, 23:3 (2007). 

Ludmila Pantlanjoglou
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Romania/Roumanie)

Ludmila Patlanjoglu is theatre critic and historian, as well as University Professor and Head of the Theatre Science Department at the “I. L. Caragiale” National University of Drama and Film Arts in Bucharest, Romania. She was President of IATC Romanian Section (1999-2008) and Member of IATC’s Executive Committee (2001-2007). She is currently honorary member of the IATC Romanian Section board (2008 to present) and a member of the Romanian Theatre Artists’ Association (UNITER). She directed the 2002 and 2003 editions of the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre Festival in Romania and the 21st Congress of IATC organized in Bucharest (November 2003). She launched the IATC’s THALIA Prize (whose trophy was designed by Dragos Buhagiar) and is a member of the editorial board of Critical Stages, the web journal of IATC.

Yana Meerzon
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Canada/Russia/Russie)

Yana Meerzon is Professor at the University of Ottawa. She has published on theatre of exile and migration, cultural and interdisciplinary studies. Her books include A Path of the Character: Michael Chekhov’s Inspired Acting and Theatre Semiotics (2005) and Performing Exile – Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film (Palgrave 2012). She has also co-edited several book collections and special issues of journals on these topics. Yana is the editor of the “Essay Section” of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques.

Tomasz Milkowski
Board Member

Critic
(Poland/Pologne)

Tomasz Miłkowski (1947, Warsaw, Poland), PhD, Polish philology, University of Warsaw. Journalist, literary and theatre critic, author of a lot of books, essays and reviews. Editor-in-chief of the Internet theatrical quarterly Yorick (www.aict.art.pl).

Halima Tahan Ferreyra
Board Member

Critic
(Argentina/Argentine)

Halima Tahan Ferreyra is a Doctor in Modern Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where she has also worked as a teacher. She has experience as a cultural journalist and was part of the theater group of the Instituto Goethe as a dramaturgin and of the Commission that promoted the Latin American Theater Festivals. She wrote over a hundred articles which were published in Argentina and abroad. She is member of the AICT / UNESCO, director of publishing company Ediciones Artes del Sur and is currently living in Buenos Aires.

Hervé Guay
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Quebec, Canada)

Hervé Guay is a full-professor in the Department of Letters and Social Communication at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. His research interests include Quebec cultural history, discourses on theatre, performance aesthetics, digital in the living arts and spectating. President of the Société Québécoise d’études théâtrales from 2011 to 2015 and codirector of Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises from 2019 to 2021, he founded the Laboratoire de recherche sur les publics de la culture in 2015 and he serves as the Editor of the journal Tangence since 2012.

Diana Damian Martin
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(England/Angleterre)

Diana Damian Martin is a writer and academic working at the intersection between writing, politics and performance. She is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where is currently leading the BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice-Performance Arts course. She is editor of [Margins] section of Performance Philosophy Journal, part of Performance Studies International’s Future Advisory Board and co-convenes the working group Documenting Performance for the Theatre and Performance Research Association.

Selim Lander
Board Member

Academic & Critic
(Caribbean/des Caraïbes)

Selim Lander (born in France) is a theatre and art critic. Ηis articles have appeared in the review Recherches en Esthétique, the magazines Esprit, Antilla and the web-journal mondesfrancophones.com, among others. He is university professor (emeritus--Μichel Herland) of economics, author of books and articles on economics, the history of ideas and the theories of social justice. He is also the author of two novels and two collections of poems. He lives most of the time in Martinique (French West Indies--Αntilles françaises).

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