World Theatre

Sep 2013

Piia is one of the best professors I have had at Barnard. She is incredibly understanding and knowledgeable and brings in amazing guest speakers/performers. Her lectures made the topics fresh and exciting even when the readings were a little dull. The class was pretty big and easy to hide in if you didn't do the readings, which helped, but even if I hadn't done/finished the readings, I enjoyed class. I would definitely take this class again!

Apr 2013

I have taken two classes with Shayoni and have loved both of them. Incredibly intelligent and eloquent, Shayoni's approach to theatre theory and theatre practices reflect a sorely needed critical perspective of theatre in a global and societal context. Her classes don't just teach me about theatre conventions or theories. They also challenge me to reflect on the implications of these conventions and theories in the larger paradigm of race, gender, class, and other power struggles in our local and global environment. Shayoni does assign a heavy reading workload, and she does expect her students to read all of it. This can be particularly challenging, since the heavy discussion aspect of her class can easily reveal who had and hadn't done the readings. It takes time and effort to learn how to balance such a workload, but it is doable. She is incredibly approachable outside of class, whether during office hours or at random encounters on and off-campus. Every time I see her, she always asks about me and what I am involved in. Also, Shayoni has quite the presence in theatre academia. She was mentored by Richard Schechner, and she has the connections to bring in professionals in the industry and scholars in the field to run workshops or hold guest lectures. If you can, take a class with her. She's a good person to know, and a great connection to have.