W. B. Worthen is Chair of the Department of Theatre at Barnard College and Co-Chair of the Ph.D. in Theatre at Columbia, where he is also appointed at Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, and the Theatre division of the School of the Arts. His research interests include drama and performance theory, contemporary performance and cultural studies, Shakespeare performance, and theories of technology.


  • Shakespeare Performance Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014).

  • Drama: Between Poetry and Performance (Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2010).

  • Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama (Cambridge:Cambridge UP, 2006).

  • Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003).

  • Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge:Cambridge UP, 1997).

  • Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (Berkeley: U of California P, 1992).

  • The Idea of the Actor (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1984).

  • Selected edited collections:

  • Companion to Shakespeare and Performance, with Barbara Hodgdon (Blackwell, 2005).

  • Modern Drama: Defining the Field, with Ric Knowles and Joanne Tompkins (Toronto, 2003).

  • Theorizing Practice: Redefining Theatre History, Vol. 1., with Peter Holland (Palgrave, 2003).

  • The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, 6th ed. (Cengage, 2011).

  • Selected recent articles:

  • “Shax the App.” Shakespeare and Textul Studies. Ed. Margaret Jane Kidnie and Sonia Massai. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 212-30.

  • "The Shakespeare Performance Campus." Campus Shakespeare. Ed. Andrew Hartley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

  • "'The written troubles of the brain': Sleep No More and the Space of Character." Theatre Journal 64 (2012): 79-97.

  • "Intoxicating Rhythms; Or, Shakespeare, Literary Drama, and Performance (Studies)," Shakespeare Quarterly 62 (2011): 309-39.