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 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.

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.


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. 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.


Curation and Editing

·         Felipe Cervera, Shawn Chua, Panayiotoa Demetriou, Areum Jeong, Eero Laine, Azedeh Sharifi, Evelyn Wan, and Asher Warren, editors. “Future Now.” Special issue. GPS: Global Performance Studies 2, no. 2 (2019).

·         Eero Laine, editor. “Dramatic Theory?” Special section. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 32, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 49–162.


Digital Media

·         Michelle Liu Carriger and Eero Laine, editors. “Annotating Vegas: Mapping Performance Interventions at ATHE 2017.” Digital Section. Theatre Topics28, no. 1 (March 2018): E1–E3.

·         Felipe Cervera, Shawn Chua, João Florêncio, Eero Laine, and Evelyn Wan, editors. “Syllabi for the Future: A Playlist.” Special Section. GPS: Global Performance Studies 1.2 (2018).



·         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 Theatre30, no. 2 (Spring 2018).


Conference Presentations

·         “Gritty and Soundsuits: Building Solidarity in Memes and Mascots,” American Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 8, 2019.

·         “No Men, No Boats: Rehearsing History in Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats,” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, OH, March 7, 2019.

·         “Amusement Park Characters: The Work and Performance of Costumes and Uniforms,” American Society for Theatre Research, San Diego, CA, November 15, 2018.

·         “Between Antagonism and Eros: The Feud as Couple Form in Professional Wrestling,” The Between: Couple Forms, Performing Together, New York University, April 14, 2018. Collaboratively authored and presented with Broderick Chow.

·          “Professional Wrestling and Political Critique,” American Anthropology Association, Washington, DC, December 2, 2017.

·         “Beyond Theatre History 1 & 2,” American Society for Theatre Research, Atlanta, GA, November 16, 2017.

·         “Presidential Wrestling,” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Windsor, Ontario, November 4, 2017.


Local, National, and International Leadership and Service

·         Editorial Board Member: Text and Performance QuarterlyTheatre and Performance Notes and CounternotesProfessional Wrestling Studies Journal

·         Secretary and Executive Board Member: Performance Studies international

·         Editor: Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

·         Co-Editor: Lateral, Journal of the Cultural Studies Association