Eero Laine is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His first book Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage, engages the often peculiar performance form of professional wrestling to examine issues of labor, class, and the financial and global influence of live, popular entertainment. Eero is a co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (2017) and Professional Wrestling: Politics and Populism (forthcoming 2020). His research has been published in GPS: Global Performance StudiesNANO, Performance Research, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, RiDE: Research in Drama Education, Text & Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre/Practice, TDR: The Drama Review, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. He is the editor of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and is also one of the co-editors of Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Eero serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international. At UB he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theatre history and theory and has directed Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Anne Washburn’s 10 Out of 12, and Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats.

Eero Laine
Department of Theatre and Dance
285 Alumni Arena
University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260