Marla Carlson’s Affect, Animals, and Autists: Feeling Around the Edges of the Human in Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2018) brings animal studies and disability studies into conversation with performance studies to consider what it means to be human in the twenty-first century and how we might move toward a more equitable, reciprocal relationship with other creatures and with those previously relegated to the fringes of humanity. Performing Bodies in Pain: Medieval and Post-Modern Martyrs, Mystics, and Artists (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) examines spectator response to performances of physical suffering in twenty-first century New York and fifteenth-century France. Her article "Looking, Listening, and Remembering: Ways to Walk New York After 9/11," published by Theatre Journal in 2006, received the Gerald Kahan award from the American Society for Theatre Research, and she received the UGA Graduate School's Outstanding Mentoring Award in 2013. Marla's work in physical theatre and dance continues to inform her scholarship as well as her directing at UGA. Dr. Carlson began a three-year term as President of ASTR in November 2018.
PhD in Theatre, City University of New York Graduate School
MFA coursework, Goodman School of Drama
BA in Theatre, Lewis and Clark College