Dr. Marla Carlson is President of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). She was elected by the ASTR membership in Summer 2018 for a three-year term (2018-2021). ASTR is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary. It is the only theatre organization in the United States affiliated with IFTR and the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Carlson is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, where she serves as Graduate Coordinator and the Head of the Theatre Theory and History area and the Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance Studies.