Taylor Culbert is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance, with a certificate in Critical Theory, at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation focuses on early modern European animal entertainments, querying specifically how humans and non-human animals responded to and collaborated with one another, and considering animals as active agents in the shaping of theatre and performance history. With a background working with and training horses, dogs, and even one cow, Taylor’s approach to her research draws on years of experience working with animals.

During her time at the Graduate Center, Taylor has been honored to serve on the Doctoral Theatre Students Association (DTSA) as the Officer of Admissions and Awards (2019-2020) and President (2020-2021). She has also enjoyed opportunities to assist in the planning of the Booth Award and the annual DTSA Conference.

Taylor received her M.A. in English from New York University in 2017 and her B.A. in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Connecticut in 2013. She currently teaches World Theater History at Brooklyn College as an adjunct lecturer.

Research Interests

  • Early modern theatre and performance

  • Animals in performance

  • Affect theory

  • Sensory experience