PHONE. 650.303.3976
Associate Professor
English Department &
Commonwealth Honors College
Bartlett Hall, Box 30515
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003



Daniel Sack is Associate Professor in the English Department and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Drama Department and a B.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Brandeis University. From 2012-2014, he was on the faculty at Florida State University and, before that, he was the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Performance Studies at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His research traverses modern/contemporary drama and live art broadly conceived (dance, theatre, performance art, and the visual arts). Particular interests and preoccupations include interdisciplinary performance, temporality in the arts, critical writing as creative writing, the fictionalizations of artist biography, the lecture as performance, and emotional sincerity and artifice. He works occasionally as writer, actor, or director on scripted and devised theatre pieces.

Sack is the author of the monograph After Live: Possibility, Potentiality, and the Future of Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and a short booklet, Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape (Routledge, 2016). He is the editor of Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (Routledge, 2017) and the accompanying website ( In addition to his books, Sack has published more than 30 chapters, articles, and reviews on contemporary international performance in a range of essay collections, journals, and magazines. From 2014-2016, he was the Performance Review Editor at Theatre Journal.