Eero Laine is the Department Chair and Associate Professor 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, examines the 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 (2020), and Sports Plays (2022). He has co-edited seven special journal issues or sections and has published over two dozen articles and book contributions. He is actively engaged in developing new methodologies and practices for theatre and performance scholarship and regularly collaborates with local and international colleagues on projects that might reconsider academic labor and collective creative processes. He is one of the co-editors of Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association.