Joseph Roach, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1973, is Sterling Professor of Theater, English, and African American Studies. He is the author of The Player’s Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting (1993), Cities of the Dead: Circum–Atlantic Performance (1996), and It (2007). He is the co–editor, with Janelle Reinelt, of Critical Theories and Performance (second edition, revised, 2007). His articles have appeared in The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Eighteenth–Century Studies, Discourse, South Atlantic Quarterly and Text and Performance Quarterly. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2006–09), which supports the World Performance Project at Yale.