Theater History Symposium Respondent

Esther Kim LeeEsther Lee

Esther Kim Lee is Professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. At UMD, she is also affiliate faculty of the Center for Global Migration Studies and the Asian American Studies Program. She teaches and writes about theatre history, Asian American theatre, Korean diaspora theatre, and globalization and theatre. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature at The Ohio State University and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2000 to 2012. She is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2012). From 2013 to 2014, she was the Chief Editor of Theatre Survey, the flagship journal of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and starting in 2016, she began her position as ASTR’s Vice President for Publications. Her latest published book is The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015), and she is currently working on a monograph on the history of yellowface in the United States.