Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre/ AAAS/ Music/ WGSS
In 2008, Lakshmi came to the USA under a fellowship to further her studies and obtained her second Master’s Degree in Theatre and her PhD in Philosophy Interpretation and Culture from the State University of New York, Binghamton. She started teaching here as an adjunct lecturer in 2013 and continues as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Asian and Asian American Studies, Music, Theatre, and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. Since 2013 she has taught courses in “Gender and Sexuality in South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora”, “Women in Film: World Cultures”, “Imagining Women in South Asia”, “South Asian Culture and Society”, “Introduction to Indian Vocal Music”, “Dances of South Asia”, “Introduction to Asian Theatre”, and “Dance-drama Styles in India”.
Lakshmi also is a performing artist from Sri Lanka and has been actively engaged as an actress in theatre, television, and film and has directed and produced plays. She directed, produced, and starred in the celebrated play Bera Handa, adapted from Sophocles’s fragmentary play Iqneutae by the veteran Sri Lankan playwright, the late Mr. Bandhula Jayawardena and her directing activities at Binghamton include Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie and Lee Blessing’s Independence. Last year she produced and starred in the new television drama series Sulaga Mahameraka, which has been airing on the Sri Lankan national network; she will be starring and producing another television series in December 2019.