Associate Professor Sharon Mazer

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Associate Professor - Theatre and Performance Studies

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 6267


Physical Address:
AUT University
WB Building, Level 4
Te Ara Poutama – The Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development
Wellesley St East
Auckland Central 1010

Postal Address:
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


Sharon Mazer is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development. She earned her PhD at Columbia University in 1991, writing about Middle English Drama, after a career as a theatre director in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. While she is perhaps best known for her work on popular performance – in particular, for her book Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle (1998) - her current research focuses on diverse aspects of theatre and performance in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is on the editorial boards of Performance Research, Performance Paradigm and Theatre Annual.


Recent publications include:

  • ‘New Hazardscapes for Old: Rupture, Resilience, Resistance’, Performance Research (2018).
  • ‘Donald Trump Shoots the Match’, TDR (August 2017).
  • ‘The Game of Life’, Performance & Professional Wrestling (Routledge 2017).
  • ‘Missing the Drama: Staging Communities without Conflict’, Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism (2016).
  • ‘From Waka to Haka: Performative Voyaging in the 21st Century’, Performance Research (2016).
  • ‘A Case for Creative Misunderstanding’, Te Kaharoa (2015).
  • ‘Quake City’, Performance Research (2015).


  • The Intricate Art of Actually Caring . . . and other New Zealand Plays (Seagull Books 2018), the first critically framed anthology to bring together plays by Māori, Samoan and Pākehā writers; and I have loved me a man: the life and times of Mika (Auckland University Press 2018).

Last updated: 05-Jul-2018 2.14pm

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