Educated in Australia and Canada, Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of several influential books, notably Performance and Cosmopolitics: Cross-Cultural Transactions in Australasia(with J. Lo, 2007) and Postcolonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics (with J. Tompkins, 1996). From 2009 to 2014, she led a large, ERC-funded project, Indigeneity in the Contemporary World, focusing on indigenous performance across the Americas, the Pacific, Australia, and South Africa. She has curated experimental performance work in universities and museums and brought performance-based insights to scientific research, notably in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (written with R. Cribb and H. Tiffin, 2014). In 2015, she won a Humboldt Prize for lifetime achievements in international theatre and performance studies.