Tamsen Wolff specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance, gender studies, cultural studies, voice, directing, and dramaturgy. Her first book, Mendel’s Theatre: Performance, Eugenics, and Early Twentieth-Century American Drama, reveals the complex role of heredity and hereditary theory in the emergence of modern American drama. She is currently working on a new book entitled The Sensation of Theatre: Speculations on Spectatorship that offers possible methods of interpretation that take account of the embodied spectator within a variety of historical, cultural and theoretical contexts. She has published essays — on musical theatre, theatre audiences, Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, law and performance, and documentary drama, among other subjects — in journals including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Forum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Wolff has worked professionally and at universities as a director and a dramaturge. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and has taught courses and coached individuals in voice, text, and public speaking.