Chris Gregory is a first year PhD student in Japanese Literature at UC Berkeley. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota in 2006 with a double major in Asian Languages and Literatures and Theater Arts. As an undergraduate, Chris combined both fields by translating and writing about the absurdist playwright Betsuyaku Minoru for his summa honors thesis and also as the focus of an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project grant. Before entering graduate school, he spent three years working in Japan as a Coordinator of International Relations at the Prefectural Government Office of Yamagata Prefecture. At Berkeley, Chris plans to explore avant-garde and experimental works from the early 20th century until present day with an emphasis on theater and performance.