Markus Wessendorf holds a PhD in Applied Theater Studies from the University of Giessen, Germany. His publications include a monograph on Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater (Die Bühne als Szene des Denkens, Berlin 1998), a co-edited volume on interdisciplinary relationships between theatre and the other arts (Grenzgänge: Theater und die anderen Künste, Tübingen, 1998), and the Brecht Yearbook 36 on “Brecht in/and Asia” (2012), which he guest-edited. He has also written essays and articles on Bertolt Brecht, The Wooster Group, Richard Maxwell, David Hare, Mark Ravenhill, and various other modern theater artists and dramatists. As a director, he has staged Heiner Müller’s Germania Death in Berlin (New York 1989), Norman Price’s Barking Dogs (Brisbane 1998), Friedrich Schiller’s The Robbers (Honolulu 2003), Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Honolulu 2010) as well as his own Anton Chekhov adaptation Uncle Vanya and Zombies (Honolulu 2012). He is also the translator of the English version of Brecht’s The Judith of Shimoda, which was first staged at Kennedy Theatre in 2010 for the 13th symposium of the International Brecht Society on "Brecht in/and Asia," an event of which he was also the main organizer.
Theatre & Dance Department Chair Fall 2019-Present