Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2016
Arnab Banerji, a recent doctoral graduate in theater and film studies, is recognized for his scholarship on Asian performing arts, Indian cinema and Indian popular culture. His doctoral dissertation, Setting the Stage: A Materialist Semiotic Analysis of Contemporary Bengali Theatre from Kolkata, India, documents and analyzes the production practices and material conditions of Bengali group theater, including design practices and the training of actors, technicians and writers. Banerji has also published several scholarly papers and presented his research at numerous international conferences. After his graduation, he worked briefly as an adjunct professor at the Department of Theatre at Barnard College, where he taught a special topics course on traditions of Indian performance. He is now an assistant professor of theater arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.