Eh-den Perlove

Working Title of PhD
Ghostlight: Illuminating Oppressive Structures That Impede Marginalized Groups in Contemporary Theater in the United States


  • Dr. Abigail Gilmore
  • Dr. David Calder

Overview of PhD

My research examines theater’s role in generating sociopolitical change in the contemporary United States, particularly identifying and eliminating structural barriers to the creation and dissemination of marginalized groups’ art. I build on academic literature discussing how marginalized groups’ art drives social change and empirical research around artists’ needs and barriers they face. I seek to answer how arts organizations’ policies can address and redress structural inequalities and barriers for marginalized artists.


Eh-den Perlove has focused her career on organizations that support the works of oppressed groups. She has an M.A. in Business Design and Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Drama from Pace University. She has worked at The Public Theater, The Apollo Theater, and is currently on the executive staff of SheNYC Arts, a national nonprofit supporting the work of marginalized gender theater-makers.

PhD-related publications, presentations or other outputs

Everything You Didn’t Learn in Theater School... New York, NY
Moderator and Speaker - April 2022
Topics ranged from Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Inclusivity, Starting an Arts Business, and more.

America 101 and Educational Alliance Present… New York, NY
Presenter and Interviewer - July 2017-August 2020
Presented and interviewed experts about their work and the impact it has on our communities. Topics ranged from how to become an organizer, the census, climate change, immigration, and more.

Columbia University: How to Be an Activist... New York, NY
Presenter and Panelist - December 2017
Participated and planned a discussion for the School of Social work about how to become an activist and advocate.


Twitter: @shenyc_arts (organization twitter)
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