Rohini Chaki

Rohini is originally from Kolkata, India. Before coming to the US, Rohini worked as an actress, a journalist, a theatre critic and a research scholar of Indian theatre. She has assisted in the editing of an anthology of modern Indian theatre that is in the publication process. During her stint as a sub-editor for the largest English language daily in eastern India, Rohini travelled to conflict zones and documented political protest movements in West Bengal. Her current research interests lie, broadly, in Bengali theatre and the performance of politics. Favorite English theatre roles include: Marlene (Top Girls), Speaker (A Piece of Monologue), Amanda (The Glass Menagerie), Claudio (Measure for Measure)

Representative Publications

Chaki, R. 2008. ‘Revolving It All’: The Echo Dying On in Samuel Beckett’s A Piece of Monologue. Jadavpur University Essays and Studies XXII: 97-110


“The Behzti Affair: The Politics of Place in the Negotiation of Sikh Identity in Britain.” Conference on “Reorienting Asia: South Asian Performance Across Frontiers”, University of Pittsburgh, May 2011

“Revisiting Rama’s Birthplace: A Cognitive Inquiry into the Nature of Religious Violence.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s 24th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 2010.

Dakghar in Europe’s Darkest Hour: Tagore, The Post Office and the Orphans of Warsaw.” Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Performance, Los Angeles 2010.

Research Interest Summary

Bengali theatre, the performance of politics, the politics of performance

Education & Training

  • PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA - English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (with honours)
  • BA - English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (with honours)