Warren Kluber

Warren Kluber is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. His research focuses on militarism and medicine in modern and contemporary drama, and his dissertation, “Theatre of Operations / Operating Theatre,” studies anti-war plays that have looked to “the surgical” as a model for their dramatic practice. Reading works from Antonin Artaud’s post-WWII attempts to “operate” on the spectator’s anatomy, to Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s recent play about organ transplantation and Guantanamo Bay, Warren elaborates theoretical models of surgical and militarist dramatic structures, theatrical frames, and sensory affects. And he argues that these models can help us better understand the theatrical dimensions of war today, as its representation, planning, and execution are increasingly structured by surgical and medical metaphors.

Warren has articles forthcoming in Theatre Journal and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and he was recently named a Heyman Center Fellow for the 2018/19 academic year. He has taught four semesters of University Writing at Columbia, and he leads an afterschool writers’ workshop at Bronx Theatre High School. In Fall of 2018, he will teach an original course on “War Plays” from the Greeks to today, in Columbia’s department of English and Comparative Literature.

Warren received an M.Phil. and M.A. from Columbia (2016, 2014), and a B.A. summa cum laude in English with a minor in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College (2012).

Academic Interests:

Modern Drama; War Plays; Theatre and Violence; Medicine and Disease in Theatre; Dramatic Character; Performance Theory