Stefani Overman-Tsai

Dr. Stefani Overman-Tsai joined the theatre faculty at Stanislaus State in January of 2013 and has taught Theatre History, Children’s Theatre and Introduction to Theatre classes.

Dr. Tsai received her Ph.D. in Theater Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 and has a M.A. in Theatre Studies from Sacramento State (2007) after graduating from Whittier College in 2000 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communications.

Her areas of specialization include theater history, Hawaiian theater studies, Pacific literary theory, indigenous theory and methodologies, as well as postcolonial studies. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Localizing the Islands: Theaters of Place and Culture in Hawaiʻi’s Drama.”

Prior to becoming an instructor at Stanislaus State, Dr. Tsai gained teaching experience as a graduate lecturer at Louisiana State University during the Fall of 2008. She was also a teaching assistant at UC Santa Barbara for various courses in the Department of Theater and Dance from 2010 to 2012.

Dr. Tsai is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). An active practitioner in her field, she presented papers at various conferences and symposiums over the years.

Dr. Tsai is also an experienced director with numerous credits for productions such as A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island, Vagina Monologues, and Evening Star. In 2015, Dr. Tsai co-founded LightBox Theatre Company with Eric Broadwater, serving as the managing and artistic director. (See

A native of Turlock and Denair, Dr. Tsai is married to Hung P. Tsai, an Assistant Athletics Director at Stan State.

Contact Information

Building: Drama Building
Building #7: Map

Office Location: Room D-24 - See Map
Phone: (209) 667-3455