Rishika Mehrishi

Theater and Performance Studies
Cohort
2017
Graduation Year
2017
Rishika Mehrishi

Rishika Mehrishi is a fifth-year PhD candidate at the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. She holds a BA (honors) in History from Delhi University, and an MA in Performance Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her research interest in human-nonhuman performances in South Asia intersects multispecies ethnography, new materialism, and postcolonial studies. Her dissertation, Performing Entanglements: Interspecies Repertoires in South Asia, concerns the way nonhuman animal materialities and metaphors shape contemporary discourses on caste, religion, gender, and sexuality in South Asia. Her writings have appeared in Theater Journal, Modern Drama, and Marg Magazine. She has been an Asian Cultural Council Grantee, serves as a Research Assistant at Stanford’s Center for South Asia, and is currently the Carl Weber Memorial Fellow at Stanford TAPS. 

 

Rishika is also a performance artist and makes durational art that draws heavily on everyday rituals and laboring bodies. She has performed at various festivals and performance venues in New York City. Most recently, she conceived and performed in a solo piece about migrant worker crises, Out of Breath, at Stanford University. 

 

Rishika’s expertise in archiving lies at the cusp of her academic and artistic pursuits. Before joining Stanford, she worked on theater and performance based archival collections in Delhi, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, and New York. She is currently co-authoring a book on Richard Schechner’s Ramleela archives.