Eero Laine


Eero Laine.

Eero Laine


Eero Laine


Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Theatre
Assistant Professor

Research Topics

Theatre Studies

Contact Information


  • PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, St. Cloud State University


Eero Laine is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His first book Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage, engages the often peculiar performance form of professional wrestling to examine issues of labor, class, and the financial and global influence of live, popular entertainment. Eero is a co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (2017). His research has been published in GPS: Global Performance Studies, Performance Research, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, RiDE: Research in Drama Education, Text & Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, TDR: The Drama Review, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, among others. He is the editor of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and is also one of the co-editors of Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Eero serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international. At UB he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theatre history and theory and has directed Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Anne Washburn’s 10 Out of 12, and Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats.


Current Research


Eero Laine. Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, and Claire Warden, editors. Performance and Professional Wrestling. New York: Routledge, 2017.


Recent Articles and Chapters

Broderick Chow and Eero Laine. “Between Antagonism and Eros: The Feud as Couple Form and Netflix’s GLOW.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 29, no. 3 (2019).

Eero Laine. “World Building in the WWE Universe.” In #WWE: Professional Wrestling in the Digital Age, edited by Dru Jeffries, 25–46. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2019.

Jonathan Chambers, Eero Laine, K. Frances Lieder, Diana Looser, Beth Osborne, Heather Nathans, Danielle Rosvally, Kristen Wright. “What Comes Next?: Graduate Education, Contingent Labor & Professional Possibilities.” Theatre Topics 29, no. 2 (July 2019): 85–102.

Eero Laine. “Form and Violence: Beyond Theatrical Content.” The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, edited by Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan, 254–256. London: Routledge, 2019.

Maaike Bleeker, Eero Laine, and Sean Metzger. “How PSi Works: The Practice of Performance Studies.” Critical Stages (June 2019).

Felipe Cervera and Eero Laine. “The Planet, Everyday: Towards a Collaborative Performance Studies.” Text and Performance Quarterly 39 (2019).

Claire Warden, Broderick Chow, and Eero Laine. “Working Loose: A Response to ‘Donald Trump Shoots the Match’ by Sharon Mazer.” TDR: The Drama Review 62, no. 2, T238 (Summer 2018): 201–215.

David Allen and Eero Laine. “The Integrated Spectator: Theatre Audiences and Pedagogy.” Research in Drama Education 23, no. 4 (2018): 598–612.

Eero Laine. “Professional Wrestling Scholarship: Legitimacy and Kayfabe.” The Popular Culture Studies Journal 6, no. 1 (2018): 82–99.

Felipe Cervera, Shawn Chua, João Florêncio, Eero Laine, and Evelyn Wan. “Thicker States.” GPS: Global Performance Studies 1, no. 1 (2017).

Eero Laine. “Stadium Sized Theatre: WWE and The World of Professional Wrestling” in Performance and Professional Wrestling, edited by Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, and Claire Warden, 39–47. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.


Recent Reviews

Eero Laine. “Marvel Universe Live.” Performance Review. Theatre Journal 71, no. 2 (June 2019): 218–219.

Eero Laine. “Immersions in Cultural Difference: Tourism, War, Performance, by Natalie Alvarez.” Book Review. Journal of American Drama and Theatre 30, no. 2 (Spring 2018).



Editor: Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Co-Editor: Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association


Editorial Board Membership

Text and Performance Quarterly

Theatre and Performance Notes and Counternotes

Professional Wrestling Studies Journal