Graduate Coordinator
History and Theory Area Head

Contact Info

366 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours:
M, W 2:20-3:20 and by appointment

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

Courses Regularly Taught:

Events with Marla Carlson

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Fine Arts Building Cellar Theatre (Room 55)

Articles Featuring Marla Carlson

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:05pm

In July 2019, the UGA Theatre’s production of Peas, Pierre Patelin, and Purgation, or Three Farcical Arts of the Deal performed for the sixteenth triennial colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude du Théâtre Médiéval in Genoa, Italy. The student actors attended this weeklong…

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:53am

Congratulations to Dr. Marla Carlson on the publication of Affect, Animals and Autists: Feeling Around the Edges of the Human in Performance by the University of Michigan Press in summer 2018 and to Dr.

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 1:26pm

Dr. Marla Carlson is President of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).