David Mason earned an MA in South Asian Studies and a PhD in Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied at the University of Poona from 1994-95 and participated in the AIIS Hindi Language Program in Udaipur in 2000. He conducted research in India as a Fulbright Fellow from 2001-2002. He is the author of Theatre and Religion on Krishna's Stage (Palgrave, 2009), and articles on Sanskrit drama and aesthetics. He delivered a keynote address at the first International Natyashastra Conference at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi in 2011.