Maria De Simone

Theatre & Performance Scholar

I am a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Music and Theater Arts Department at MIT. I specialize in American and Ethnic performance, with interests in gender and sexuality, immigration studies, and critical race theory. My current project brings these interests together to explore the ways in which racial impersonation has been used by American immigrant performers at the turn of the twentieth century to articulate their racial and gender identities as new Americans.

My academic research has been honored with grants and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and The Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. My work has appeared in Theatre Research International and on various conference panels at the International Federation for Theatre Research, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American Society for Theatre Research. My first book, Three Loves for Three Oranges: Gozzi, Meyerhold, Prokofiev, has been co-edited with Dassia N. Posner and Kevin Bartig and published by Indiana University Press.

I received my Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University. I also hold an MA in American Literature from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy, and a second MA in Theatre Management from the University of Malta in Rome.


July 2022

Starting in July 2022 I will begin a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the MIT Music and Theater Arts department. Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support!

December 2021

We launched our new book, Three Loves for Three Oranges: Gozzi, Meyerhold, Prokofiev at Northwestern University on December 1, 2021!

March 2020

Huge thanks to The Graduate School at Northwestern for interviewing me in their TGS Spotlight series!