Karen Fricker is a lecturer in contemporary theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. She is also a professional theatre critic with a two-decade long career in the US, Ireland, and the UK. She currently reviews for Variety and Irish Theatre Magazine, which she co-founded in 2008, and has written for, among other venues, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Her scholarship addresses the effects of globalization on contemporary theatre and performance. She is currently writing a book called Making Theatre Global: The Creation, Circulation, and Reception of Robert Lepage’s Original Stage Works for Manchester University Press.