Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, born January 14, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, is a playwright, director, and scholar of Japanese and cross-cultural performance. Her fifteen original plays include the award-winning Medea: A Noh Cycle Based on the Greek Myth (published by Samuel French), the kabuki-flamenco Blood Wine, Blood Wedding, the kyogen-commedia dell’arte The Impostor and A Wilderness of Monkeys (a revenge-comedy "sequel" to The Merchant of Venice). She is co-adapter with Israeli director Zvika Serper of the acclaimed Japanese-Israeli fusion play The Dybbuk/Between Two Worlds. Her original plays and translations from Japanese have been performed in America, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, India, Israel, and Japan; and broadcast on PBS, NHK (Japanese TV), and BBC Radio. She has directed nearly forty stage productions in the USA, Japan, and India. Her book Unspeakable Acts: The Avant-Garde Theatre of Terayama Shuji and Postwar Japan (University of Hawaii, 2005) analyzes the complex work of playwright/director/filmmaker Terayama in cultural/historical context, and includes translations of his plays and theory. She is Professor Emerita of Theatre at UCLA and was recently a Fellow at the International Research Center on Interweaving Performance Cultures at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. She received her BA degree from Pomona College and both MA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.