Theatre Graduate Office
University Theatre Building, Room C1B86
Fall 2019 Office Hours
MW 10:00 - 11:00 am
A native of Kolkata, India, Jashodhara Sen is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a 2018-2019 Community-based Research Fellow. She earned a Master's in Theatre Arts at Mumbai University and also a Master’s in Theatre (Directing Emphasis) at the Oklahoma State University. Jashodhara’s dissertation, “Conscience on Stage: Revising Jatra in Bengal as a Tool for Representation, Restoration, and Revolution,” investigates the folk theatre tradition from West Bengal, India known as Jatra and its contribution to asserting a communal and participatory performance space. She studies the character type that depicts the anthropomorphizing of the “conscience,” commonly known as the bibek within Jatra. By employing the postcolonial notion of hybridity, Jashodhara examines the nature of contemporary Jatra through bibek character.
Her research interests include Bengali folk theatre, Indian and Indian diasporic theatre, postcolonial theory and theatre, theatre and social change, and digital performance practices. Currently, Jashodhara is working on a digital storytelling platform for South Asian immigrant women, titled “Leaving Home, Finding Home” that redefines audience-participant relationships in alternative theatrical spaces. Jashodhara’s research and reviews have appeared in Ecumenica Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Asian Theatre Journal, and New England Theatre Journal.
As part of the CU Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance 2019-2020 season, Jashodhara will be directing Shakuntala, an Indian classical play written by Kalidasa.