Eero Laine is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He holds a PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was a member of the Theatre Program and the Film Studies Certificate Program. His book Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage (under contract with Routledge) 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. His work has been published in Performance Research, Theatre Journal, GPS: Global Performance Studies, Western European Stages, NANO, and Contemporary Theatre Review’s Interventions. He has also contributed to a number of edited volumes on the topics of US history and athletics, the economics of media, and contemporary philosophy. He is one of the co-editors of Lateral, the peer-reviewed, open-access journal of the Cultural Studies Association. He is also a co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (Routledge 2017). Eero serves on the Future Advisory Board and as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international and is the Treasurer and a board member of the Performance Studies Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. 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. He serves as the Graduate Director of Theatre and Performance (MA & PhD) and as the Director of the BA in Theatre Studies.