Bess Rowen is a PhD Candidate in the Theatre Program where she is writing her dissertation on stage directions as collaborative physical language. She is a member of the faculty at Purchase College and an Arts & Culture blogger for The Huffington Post. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University before completing her MA in Performance Studies at NYU. She has published performance and book reviews in Theatre Journal, The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, and Women & Performance, and also presented work at ASTR, ATHE, and IFTR. Areas of interest include: stage directions, female playwrights, Irish theatrical riots, and feminist and queer theory.
Rowen also worked as a digital fellow for the Social Choreography working group of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.