Sabine Macris Klein teaches dramatic literature, criticism, and theatre history for the Theatre Arts Program and the Department of English. Dr. Klein has a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and began her teaching career in 2000 at the State University of New York at Oneonta before joining the faculty at Westfield State University. As part of her doctoral program, she spent a year studying with the Graduate Program in Theatre at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She has extensive performance background in spoken theatre, musical theatre and opera, having performed or directed with a variety of professional and semi-professional theatre companies. These include the Los Angeles Theatre Workshop, Glimmerglass Opera, Orpheus Theatre (Oneonta, NY), and Cooperstown Theatre Festival. In recent years, she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest for the WSU Theatre Arts Program and SweeneyTodd for the WSU Music Department.
Dr. Klein is a contributing author to The American as Foreigner on Stage: Portraits of the United States in International Drama (McFarland 2009). She has presented her research in German theatre and the history of women in theatre at the German Studies Association, the New England Modern Language Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She has published in Western European Stages and New England Theatre Journal. Dr. Klein currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the New England Theatre Conference and has served as Vice Chair for Dramaturgy with Region One of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.