Welcome New Graduate Students

Welcome to our new Graduate Students - Yuh-Jhung Hwang and Chris Staley!

Yuh-Jhung Hwang studied in Drama at Korea National University of Arts and at Trinity College Dublin. She also lectured Korean language and culture at University College Cork, Ireland. She has been a theatre critic over the years and won the New Scholars' Prize of the International Federation for Theatre Research. One of her articles entitled "A Mad Mother and Her Dead Son: The Impact of the Irish Theatre on Modern Korean Theatre" appeared in Literature Compass (2012). Her recent article entitled "Theatrical Propaganda and an Imagined West during the Korean War" is to be included in War and Theatrical Innovation (Palgrave, forthcoming).


Chris Staley is a theatre-maker and teaching artist. Acting credits include productions in NYC and regionally at the American Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theater, Opera Carolina, and others; proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Training incorporates several intensives and master class series with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as participation at the Watermill Center with Robert Wilson, along with multiple semesters of study at the Moscow Art Theater. BS in Theater and Psychology from Skidmore College; MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Current research interests center on intersections of theater, cognitive science, and social psychology with an emphasis on Terror Management Theory and mortality salience in performance. "