Sue-Ellen Case

Professor Emeritus

E-mail: secase@tft.ucla.edu Office: Macgowen 3337 Fields of interest: Theater, Critical Studies, Feminism, Queer Studies

A past editor of Theatre Journal, Distinguished Professor Sue-Ellen Case has published widely in the fields of German theater, feminism and theater, performance theory and lesbian critical theory. She has published more than 40 articles in journals such as Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Differences and Theatre Research International, as well as in many anthologies of critical works.

Her books include Feminism and Theatre (1994; revised 2008 and translated into Korean, Turkish and Arabic), The Domain-Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture (1997), Performing Science and the Virtual (2006) and Feminist and Queer Performance (2009).

Case has edited several anthologies of critical works and play texts, including Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre (1990), The Divided Home/Land: Contemporary German Women’s Plays (1992), Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance (1996) and several others.

With Philip Brett and Susan Leigh Foster she edited a book series for Indiana University Press entitled Unnatural Acts: Theorizing the Performative, which has published six titles.

Sue-Ellen Case attended the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific; received a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in an experimental program of uniting the Humanities; and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley.

For more information on Professor Case, visit her profile on the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television’s website.


  • Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts, UC Berkeley
  • B.A. and M.A. in an experimental program of uniting the Humanities, San Francisco State University

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award by both the American Society for Theatre Research and the Association for Theater in Higher Education
  • Senior Fulbright scholar at the National University of Singapore, the Eugene Lang Professor for Social Change at Swarthmore College, and in residence at Stockholm University and the University of Warwick