Lara D. Nielsen completed her M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of
Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University. Professor Nielsen
taught in the Department of Drama at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts for over four years
as a member of the Theatre Studies faculty. Lara is currently researching performances in
theatre and dance that find ways to document issues in culture and rights managements,
highlighting oral history narratives, and the fictions of collective memory. 

She is also finishing her first book, Sacrifice Plays: Dominican Performance in Major
League Beisbol. Any focus on the mobility of labor servicing the performances of the MLB
entertainment industry since the 1960s highlights the importance of talent recruitment
from the Dominican Republic. This book examines how the work of performance in commercial
sport cultures such as MLB continues and challenges the intransigent work of cultural and
economic nationalism in an era of neoliberal managements. 

In 2007 and 2008 she is the co-convener of a seminar, "Neoliberalism and Performance
in the Global Market," for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). In
2006, she was awarded the David Payne Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the most
prestigious award of its kind for a faculty member in the Tisch School of the Arts

EDUCATION: B.A., Boston College M.A., University of Minnesota Ph.D., New York University 

Nielsen has been teaching at Macalester since 2007. 

Journal Articles


Specters of Exchange: Rights and Resources in Loisaida Liberation Theology Passion Play Performance, Performance Research; Special Issue edited by Claire MacDonald (2009)


Globalization and the Work of Theatre, Contemporary Theatre Review (special issue on Theatre and Globalization) (2006)


Contributions to Books


Oral History Project: Practice-Based Research in Theatre and Performance, Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies (2008)