Danielle Drees

Danielle is a doctoral candidate in Theatre in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research examines interactions among modern theatre, political economy, and feminist theory. Danielle’s dissertation “Staged Sleep: Sleep Theatre in Late Capitalism” focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art about sleep in a global context, arguing that sleeping characters onstage reveal an array of social and state relations, from relationships with partners and neighbors to the systems of private property, rental, and state support we depend on for shelter. This project will both read performance texts, images, and video and investigate the material conditions of their production. Her work has been published in Performance Research.

Danielle graduated summa cum laude with an AB in English and a citation in Spanish from Harvard College in 2012. She completed her MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2013 before holding a year-long Writing Fellowship at New York University Abu Dhabi. At Columbia, Danielle is pursuing certificates in feminist scholarship and in comparative literature from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, respectively. She has taught Gender and Sexuality sections of University Writing and was also selected as the fall 2017 teaching assistant for Columbia University in London, in partnership with Queen Mary University. Danielle is committed to connecting her academic work to art and activism in New York, having volunteered as a coordinator for Columbia’s Theatre Colloquium, a play reader for non-profit theatre company New Georges, and an organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia.


Academic Interests:

early modern and modern drama; contemporary theatre and performance art; political economy; feminist theory; performance studies; theatrical production