Shonni Enelow

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Professor; Chair

BFA, Theater with honors, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts;
PhD, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania

Research and Teaching Interests: Modern and contemporary drama; theater and performance studies; comparative literature; global avant-gardes; literary and cultural theory; film and media studies.


  • Shonni Enelow writes about theater, film, and performance across media. She is the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama, (Northwestern University Press, 2015), which won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Her 2019 article “Sweating Tennessee Williams: Working Actors in A Streetcar Named Desire and Portrait of a Madonna” (Modern Drama, 2019) won the Modern Drama Prize and received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Article from ATHE. Her film writing can be found in Film Comment, Reverse Shot, and Criterion; other theater and performance scholarship has appeared in Theater, Theatre Survey, and Theatre Topics. With Una Chaudhuri, she is the co-author of Research Theatre, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Her artist’s book with David Levine, Discourse on Method, was published in 2020 by 53rd State Press. She is currently at work on a monograph about the filmmaker Joanna Hogg.