Hesam Sharifian (he/him) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Florida State University, School of Theatre. A theatre historian, educator, and dramaturg, his research focuses on visual performances on the page, particularly in illustrations, drawings, paintings, and other visual ephemera pertaining to the theatre. He is currently working on his first manuscript entitled, Picturing an American Shakespeare: Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Editions of Shakespeare and Performing Nationalism on the Page. The book is an iconographic study of the illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s work that contextualizes pictorial material within theatrical, political, and social histories of the United States. His scholarly publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Theatre Survey, Asian Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, Ecumenica, Academic Theatre Journal of Iran, and HowlRound. Hesam served as a guest editor for a special issue of Ecumenica on Theatre and Performance of Muslim Worlds, published in Fall 2018. His area of scholarly expertise is the intersection of theatre and visual arts, with case studies as varied as American Commercial Theatre in the Nineteenth Century, German Modernist Opera, Middle-Eastern Theatre and Performance, and Global Blackface/Black Mask Performances.