I recently completed my Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. My dissertation focuses on the folk theatre tradition from West Bengal, India known as Jatra, and Jatra’s contribution to asserting and preserving communal and participatory performance spaces. I grew up in Kolkata, India and lived in Mumbai for two years and arrived in the United States in 2011 to pursue higher education. While in Mumbai I received a Master's in Theatre Arts from Mumbai University. After completion, I earned my second Master's in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from Oklahoma State University.
As part of the CU Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance 2019-2020 season, I have adapted and directed the play Shakuntala by Kalidasa. I have received an award for direction from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for this show.
My performance practice, scholarship, and teaching lie in the postcolonial studies and theatre of South Asian Diaspora, theatre and social change, digital humanities, and community-based performance practices. Currently, I am the instructor of record for two courses: Acting 1, an introductory acting course designed for majors and non-majors, and co-teaching Script Labrotary and introductory script analysis and practice for the theatre designed for both majors and non-majors.
I care deeply about rescuing dogs, especially the breeds who are bred to be sold, auctioned, or just abandoned. I have two dogs and a cat. They make my home a sanctuary.
Current Research Interests: Bengali traditional theatre, Postcolonial theory and theatre, Indian theatre with a focus on South Asian theatre and performance studies, digital performance, and community-based performance.
Recent peer-reviewed journal publications
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 the fellow immigrant identities, and sharing and celebrating both collective and individual experiences.
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