Marla Carlson is Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, where she serves as Graduate Coordinator and head of the PhD program in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research focuses on spectator response to bodies in performance, including the performance of physical suffering, non-human animals, and autism spectrum disorders. She also works on medieval theatre and cultural studies, performance and body art, affect theory, and feminist theory and performance. Marla's work in physical theatre and dance continues to inform her scholarship as well as her directing at UGA. Marla is serving as President of the American Society for Theatre Research through November 2021.