Daniel Sack is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director 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, and emotional sincerity and artifice. He works occasionally as writer, actor, director, or dramaturg 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 study, 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 founding editor of the accompanying website (imaginedtheatres.com). 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.