Sarah Bay-Cheng, Ph.D.

Department of Theater and Dance, Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Theory; Literature and Criticism

Sarah Bay-Cheng is Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at UB, where she teaches courses in drama, contemporary theatre, and intermediality. Her research interests include avant-garde theatre and film, poetic drama, and intersections of technology and performance. Her book publications include Mapping Intermediality in Performance (Amsterdam UP, 2010), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna UP, 2010), and Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theater (Routledge, 2005), as well as essays and reviews in leading journals.

She is currently the co-editor for the book series AVANT-GARDES IN PERFORMANCE with Palgrave and the Performance Review Editor forTheatre Journal. She serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media and Becoming Poetics.

Bay-Cheng is also a founding member of the Intermedia Performance Studio (IPS)--an experimental performance collaboration integrating virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and live performance. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Poetics Program (Department of English), the Department of Media Study, and the Department of Global Gender Studies. She is a member of the international working group on Intermediality in Theatre & Performance. Bay-Cheng received her AB in Theatre and Film from Wellesley College and her PhD in Theatre from the University of Michigan. More information can be found at