Russell M. Dembin is a Ph.D. student in the Performance as Public Practice program. Originally from the suburbs of New York City, he holds an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Brooklyn College and B.A. degrees in Theatre Performance and Adolescence Education-English from the State University of New York at New Paltz. His current research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. theatre history and the relationship between cultural identity and performance; among his other interests are musical theatre, Shakespeare and Beckett. Russell has presented his work at national and international conferences, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the American Literature Association. In addition to his scholarship, he has taught English and drama at the high school level, and he is a freelance dramaturg, an associate editor of The Sondheim Review, and a contributor to Theatre Communications Group's American Theatre magazine.