JASHODHARA SEN, PHD
Scholar | Educator | Artist
Jashodhara Sen is a Theatre and Performance Studies historian, director, and dramaturg specializing in South Asian theatre and performance. Her research focuses on the evolution of Bengali performance, Jatra, as a cultural enterprise and a provocative form of theatre both socially and politically charged to support grassroots engagement. Jashodhara's performance practice, scholarship, and teaching are informed by theatre history and performance, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and oral history and autoethnography. Her research and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Ecumenica, Asian Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, and Texas Theatre Journal. Her Ph.D. is in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, and currently, she is working as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Florida.
Jashodhara is currently 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. For this project, she has received the PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Award through Imagining America in 2017, the Engaged Arts and Humanities scholarship (2018-2019), and the Community-Based Research scholarship (2018-2019). Most recently, Jashodhara received an award in directing from KCACTF (The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) for the play Shakuntala (adaptation, 2020) produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance at CU Boulder.
Besides her scholarship and artistic endeavors, Jashodhara loves taking long strolls with her pups while listening to Indian classical music.
Current Research Interests: South Asian diasporic theatre and performance, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and digital autobiographical performance.
Recent peer-reviewed journal publications
"Mothering the Pandemic through the Interface of Ritual and Performance." Journal of Performance, Religion, and Spirituality, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2021.
"Renegotiating Home through the Digital Storytelling Platform: Leaving Home, Finding Home." Texas Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, 2020. 79.
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Community-based Research Fellowship (2018-2019)
Research Project: Leaving Home, Finding Home: Stories by South Asian Women within the US
Leaving Home, Finding Home is a platform for documenting the autobiographical stories of South Asian immigrant women in the Boulder County community.
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Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Ciplet
Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Scholar (2018-2019)
Sen’s project, LEAVING HOME, FINDING HOME is a digital storytelling space by and for immigrant women from South Asia residing in the United States. As a South Asian academic, immigrant, and digital archivist for this platform, she invites women who identify as South Asian to share their powerful stories related to immigration, identity, freedom, and equality. The forum is an open-access website for social networking, connecting with fellow immigrant identities, and sharing and celebrating both collective and individual experiences.
More about this program, here
Recent Directing Credit
The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (image), MARCH 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm, Streaming Event, Admission: FREE
Directed by: Jashodhara Sen
The first runner-up of the Woodward International Playwriting Competition for 2021 is The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. The play takes place during the three days of anti-Sikh massacres that occurred in the wake of the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. The play also takes place in the present, as a refugee mother and her politically-minded daughter continue to carry their traumas in a post 9/11 America. The play explores the transmission of trauma across generations, and looks at history with a queer lens, seeing how being a woman and being a gay man have changed from 1984 India to the present, and how sometimes the most frightened among us become the greatest of heroes.
Join an international cast for a zoom reading of this extraordinary play. (Streaming Performance; Admission FREE!)