Ph.D. in Theatre and English, Columbia University 2002. Tamsen Wolff specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance, gender studies, cultural studies, voice, directing, and dramaturgy. Her first book, Mendel’s Theatre: Performance, Eugenics, and Early Twentieth-Century American Drama, reveals the complex role of heredity and hereditary theory in the emergence of modern American drama. She is currently working on a new book entitled The Sensation of Theatre: Speculations on Spectatorship that offers possible methods of interpretation that take account of the embodied spectator within a variety of historical, cultural and theoretical contexts. She has published essays—on musical theatre, theatre audiences, Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, law and performance, and documentary drama, among other subjects—in journals including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Forum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Wolff has worked professionally and at universities as a director and a dramaturg. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has taught courses and coached individuals in voice, text, and public speaking.