Area: Dance,Dean's Office,Theatre
Title: Associate Dean for Research, Director of the PhD in Theatre and Performance of the Americas
Office: DGH 142/DGH 217
Specialty: Theatre and Performance Studies, Theatre History, Director of Graduate Studies
Web Page: http://theatre.asu.edu
Tamara Underiner is Associate Dean for Research for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and Associate Professor in the School of Film, Dance and theatre, where she directs the Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance of the Americas. As Associate Dean, she convenes the Herberger Research Council, serves as the liaison between Herberger faculty and ASU\s Office for Knowledge Enterprise Development, assists in the identification of funding opportunities and development of grant proposals, and helps link Herberger faculty to other faculty across ASU who share similar research interests. Her own research is in the area of the arts and cultural wellbeing.
She is the author of Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (University of Texas Press, 2004), and has published essays in Theatre Journal, Signs, Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, TDR, and critical anthologies from academic presses in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. She is active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Latin American Studies Association, and the American Society for Theatre Research. She also serves on the Board of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, based in New York City.
As director of the doctoral program in Theatre and Performance of the Americas, she works closely with faculty across the Institute to develop individualized curricula, research projects, and funding opportunities for students interested in pursuing research on the relationship between artistic performance, in all its forms, and the ongoing history of the Americas and their peoples.
She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton in 1980, an M.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of Washington in 1997. She joined the ASU faculty as an assistant professor in 2001 after a faculty appointment at he University of Minnesota School of Theatre and Dance. In 2003 she was named a Faculty Exemplar by ASU President Michael Crow.