An expert on modern American and European theatre (and theatre theory), Dr. Wessendorf was born and raised in Germany and has lived in the United States since 1998. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 1991 and 1996, respectively, at Justus-Liebig University Gießen/Germany. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai'i. Dr. Wessendorfʻs publications include a monograph on Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre as well as essays on German and American performance artists, , and “post-9/11” plays. He is also the translator of Bertolt Brecht's recently reconstructed play The Judith of Shimoda into English, and was the main organizer of the 13th Symposium of the International Brecht Society on “Brecht in/and Asia” at the University of Hawai'i in May 2010. Dr. Wessendorf has also worked as a theatre director internationally. In 1989 he directed the American premiere of Heiner Müller's Germania Death in Berlin at ABC No Rio/New York. His most recent production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot opened in November 2010 at Honolulu's Kennedy Theatre.