Associate Professor, Theatre History & Criticism
Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies
PhD – Texas Tech University
MA – Miami University
BFA – Maharaja Sayajirao University
Dr. Ganapathy is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Criticism in the School of Theatre & Dance. She also serves as Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies for the School.
Ganapathy has been awarded the Mabel DeVries Tanner Endowed Professor 2021-2024.
She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Texas Tech University with a dual focus in History/Theory/Criticism and Acting/Directing. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in theatre history, theory, dramatic literature, and performance studies. Her research engages in critical representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in twentieth century theatre and performance. She is interested in examining notions of performance and performativity in art and the everyday life. Her research has been presented at various academic conferences such as Association for Asian Performance (AAP), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Theatre Symposium (SETC), National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Ganapathy’s writing has been published by Ecumenica(Journal of Theatre and Performance), Asian Theatre Journal, Frontiers (Journal of Women’s Studies), and Bloomsbury. She also serves as a reviewer for topics pertaining to India (and South Asia) for Asian Theatre Journal.
As an artist, Ganapathy has worked as a performer, director, and dramaturg. Her professional career began as an actor in New Delhi, India. She has also directed several productions since 2001. Recent directing projects include: Girish Karnad’s Naga Mandala, Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud, Paula Vogel’s Indecent. Ganapathy is drawn to contemporary works – as well as developing new original works.
Ganapathy joined the School of Theatre & Dance in 2016. She previously taught at Penn State Berks and Stockholm University, Sweden.