Hala Baki



About Hala Baki

Hala Baki (she/her) is a Lecturer in the Theatre and Dance Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She holds a PhD in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies with an Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara as well as an MA in Theater from CSU Northridge. Her research explores how Arab American theater's relations to conditions of production influence its support structures and sustainability. Her scholarship weaves theories of the public sphere, diaspora, social systems / institutions, and performance economies. She has presented her work at IFTR, ASTR, and ATHE. She has published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and Asian Theatre Journal and has authored a chapter in the forthcoming volume Arabs, Politics, and Performance (Routledge). She is also a stage director whose recent credits include Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories (2021), Kareem Fahmy’s American Fast (2021), and Yussef El Guindi’s Cha-Cha (2020).
Courses Taught at Cal Poly: 
  • TH 305: Topics in Diversity on the American Stage [Race, Gender, and Performance]
  • TH 345: Mainstage Rehearsal and Performance
  • TH 390: Global Theatre and Performance [Drama of the Arab World]
  • TH 390: Global Theatre and Performance [Modern African Theatre]
  • Baki, Hala. “Discourse and Process in Arab American Theater.” Arabs, Politics, and Performance, edited by Roaa Ali, Samer Al-Saber, and George Potter, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Baki, Hala. Performance Review of This is Who I Am, by Amir Nizar Zuabi. Theatre Journal, forthcoming.
  • Baki, Hala. Book Review of Theatre in the Middle East: Between Performance and Politics, ed. Babak Rahimi. Asian Theatre Journal, forthcoming.
  • Esfandiary, Rana, et al. "2020 ATHE Conference Middle Eastern Theatre Focus Group Roundtable: Pedagogy and Absence." Theatre Topics, vol. 31, no.1, 2021, pp. 9-16.
  • Baki, Hala. Performance Review of Scenes From 71* Years, by Hannah Khalil. Theatre Journal, vol. 72 no. 2, 2020, p. 226-228.
  • Baki, Hala. Book Review of Theatre and Islam, by Marvin Carlson.  Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 37, no. 2, 2020, pp. 587-590. 
  • Baki, Hala. “Defending the Dream: Sa’adallah Wannous’s Legacy for Arab Theater.” Al-Jadid, vol. 24, no. 78, 2020, pp. 26-27.
  • Baki, Hala, Joyelle Ball, Yasmine Jahanmir, and Haddy Kreie. "Mind Readers: Imagining Research-led Practice in Doctoral Education." Theatre Topics, vol. 29 no. 2, 2019, pp. 127-139.

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