Eric Brinkman

Graduate Student

Eric Brinkman is a PhD candidate in the Theatre Graduate Program at The Ohio State University. He also has a Master’s degree from the Shakespeare Institute and has trained as a director with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Albany Park Theatre Project (APTP), Feast of Crispian, and La Pocha Nostra. As a director, highlights include co-directing The Comedy of Errors (2017, Ohio State) and working with the Be the Street project to devise a public performance with students from West High School (2018). As a graduate consultant at the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL), Eric offers consultation services, in-class midterm assessments, and a series of workshops (GTA Toolkits) designed to meet graduate and undergraduate instructor teaching needs. Eric’s dissertation work theorizes around the limits and failure of intersectional approaches to the reading, editing, and theatrical reproduction of Shakespeare. Building on a theoretical foundation drawn from performance studies, affect theory, feminism, transgender studies, queer theory, and critical race studies, Eric’s dissertation argues that the multiple and diverse backgrounds and understandings that contemporary audiences bring to performances result in complex responses that both implicate and offer liberatory potential in the reading and performance of gender, sexuality, race, and class in early modern drama.


Areas of Expertise
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Audience Reception
  • Performance Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • MA Shakespeare Institute
  • BA The Ohio State University
Eric Brinkman
(614) 292-3222
Drake Perf & Event Ctr
1849 Cannon Dr
Columbus, OH 43210