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Jooyoung Cho

Jooyoung Cho (she/they) is a theatre scholar, dramaturg, media and theatre artist, and educator. She received her BA in English literature with a Secondary School Teacher’s Certificate in English and a minor in Media Interaction Design at Ewha Womans University. Her MA in English literature, also at Ewha, holds a concentration in modern British and American drama. Her master’s thesis, which received an Ewha Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, dealt with Tom Stoppard’s unique utopianism projected onto the landscape garden in Arcadia (1993). Her article on the ecodramaturgy of Carla and Lewis (2010) has been published in The Journal of Modern English Drama. Her research interests include multi-/interspecies performance, connecting veganism with animal plays and animal liberation movements as a performance/ritual, ecodrama(turgy), the ecopolitics of poetics in drama, theatrical aesthetics, and everyday performances that illuminate humans’ mutual enmeshment with the nonhuman world. She is particularly interested in analyzing dramatic text as well as contemporary theatre and performance through the intersection of environmental humanities with affect, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, food, disability, and transnationalism. Before joining IPTD, she served as an actor, educator, dramaturg, director, designer, and interpreter/translator in numerous productions, and as a writer/reviewer/editor for theater publications in South Korea. At Northwestern, she dramaturged Imagine U: Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. She believes that theatre, where we constantly transform ourselves and where tomorrow’s performance awaits, is an imminent utopia that is not yet real but immanent in the present.