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Annie Baker, Co-Associate Director of the Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program

Office: 520H HN
Email: ab3245@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4642
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Playwriting

Educational Background: B.F.A. Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University's Tisch School, M.F.A. Brooklyn College.

Courses Taught: MFA Playwriting

Remarks:  Annie Baker's plays include JOHN (Signature Theatre, Obie Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for Best Play),THE FLICK (Playwrights Horizons/Barrow Street Theatre, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hull-Warriner Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Obie Award for Playwriting), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), for which she also designed the costumes. Her plays have been produced at over 200 theaters throughout the U.S. and in over a dozen countries, including productions at the National Theatre and Royal Court in London and the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow. Other recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Steinberg Playwriting Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre.

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Barbara Bosch, Professor

Office: 523B HN
Email: bbosch@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4231
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Acting, Directing, American Dramatic Literature.

Educational Background: M.F.A. Southern Methodist University, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.

Courses Taught: Acting (all levels), Shakespeare/Period Styles, Directing (all levels), American Realism Seminar.

Selected Work: Professor Bosch's acting and directing credits include work at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Old Globe, Off and Off-Off Broadway. Regionally at the Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, Sacramento Theater Company, and at Shakespeare Festivals in California, Texas, Maine, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Utah. She has worked internationally in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the Czech Republic.

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Ian Calderon, Professor

Office: 523C HN
Email: icaldero@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4321
Fax: (212)772-4321

Areas of Specialty: Theatre Architecture, Design and Lighting.

Educational Background: B.A. Hunter CUNY, M.F.A., Yale School of Drama.

Courses Taught: Theatre, Concepts in Light, Theatre Architecture Design Concepts.

Selected Work: Joe Papp's Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, O'Neill Center, La Mama ETC, The Museum of the City of New York, Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs, Kennedy Center, Pratt Institute, MIT Media Lab, The Government of Jamaica, USC, American Playhouse, PBS, Sundance Institute and other cultural institutions.

Remarks: As a Hunter alumnus he has over 100 national and international theatre and television productions to his credit. On Broadway he designed That Championship SeasonTimbuktuPaul RobesonThe Art of DiningTrelawney of the WellsMan in the Moon MarigoldSticks and BonesThe Dance of Death, among others, and has been nominated for two Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Award, and the Maharam Award. His work has been seen on London's West End and he is a member of the Society of British Theatre Designers. As a guest of The People's Republic of China he designed Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie in Beijing. For over a decade, at the O'Neill Center he produced the New Drama for Television developing works that later aired on ABC network. He also produced television interviews; Katherine Hepburn with Dick Cavett, Ethel Merman with Gene Shallit, and Helen Hayes with Leonard Harris.

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Dong-Shin Chang, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Office: HN 520F
Email: dongshin.chang@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4807
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Theatre History, Intercultural Performance, Chinese Theatre (Kunqu).

Educational Background: Ph.D., New York University.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, World Theatre, Play Analysis, Intercultural Performance, Asian Theatre.

Selected Work: Borrowing the Fan: An Example of Actable Plays (Zhezixi) for the Kunqu Stage,” in Asian Theatre Journal 34.2 (2017): 259−283; Representing China on the Historical London Stage: From Orientalism to Intercultural Performance (Routledge, 2015); entries on Chinese actors and acting, in Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting (Cambridge University Press, 2015); “Democracy at War: Antigone: Insurgency in Toronto,” in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (Oxford University Press, 2011), 267–285; “Antigone Interculturated in Tainan of Southern Taiwan,” in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (Oxford University Press, 2011), 147–155; “‘Xiang Yong’ (Poems on Fragrance): A Translation of a Scene from Li Yu’s Lian Xiang Ban (The Fragrant Companion),” in CHINOPERL Papers 30 (2011): 239−258; “Performing Traditions and Diasporic Efforts: The Kunqu Society and Little Pear Garden,” in Asian Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press, 2011), 49–58.


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Deepsikha Chatterjee, Lecturer

Office: 102 TH
Email: dchatter@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: 
(212) 772-4653
Fax:
 (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Costume History, Costume and Fashion Design, Technology, Costume Crafts, South Asian Clothing and Costume.

Educational Background: Undergraduate Diploma in Fashion Design, NIFT, India; B.S. University of Madras, India; M.F.A. Florida State University.

Courses Taught: Costume History, Costume Design, Costume Technology, Stage Makeup.

Selected Work: Curse of the Starving ClassJesus Hopped the A TrainCouple of White Chicks Sitting Around TalkingThe Trip To BountifulAmadeusMetamorphosesWiley and the Hairy Man.

Remarks: Deepsikha is a costume designer and costume historian. At Hunter College she enjoys teaching a diverse student body helping them visualize play scripts and ideas into living, breathing characters.She also helps students learn to sew, make patterns, make masks, run wardrobe and create their own work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially India their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks and makeup. At Hunter College she teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Stage Makeup. Here she received an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor Award in 2015. Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 by United Solo for the production of artist Yokko's Butoh Medea.

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Mira Felner, Professor and Graduate Advisor

Office: 520B HN
Email: mfelner@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-3338
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Mira Felner

Areas of Specialty: Acting practice and theory, directing practice and theory, theatre history, mime, masks.

Educational Background: Ph.D, New York University; Diplome d’Etudes Theatrales, Sorbonne.

Courses Taught: Acting (all levels), Shakespeare, Acting: Period Styles, Theatre History.

Selected Work: THINK Theatre (Pearson, 2013),The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation (Allyn and Bacon, 2006), Free to Act: An Integrated Approach to Acting, 2nd edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2003), Apostles of Silence: The Modern French Mimes (Associated University Presses, 1985). 

Remarks: Prof. Felner has acted and directed in the United States and France and headed a French language theatre in New York for several years. She is a specialist in mime and studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq. She taught the first movement course affiliated with the Sorbonne’s Institut d”Etudes Theatrales. She has written extensively on movement in actor training. Her book Apostles of Silence was named “Outstanding Academic Book in Theatre, 1985-86” by Choice magazine. Her book Free to Act explores the physical base for acting technique. She is the American consultant editor of the Bloomsbury Theatre Guide.

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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Co-Associate Director of the Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program

Office: 520H HN
Email: bj365@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4642
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Playwriting

Educational Background: B.A. Princeton University; M.F.A. New York University's Tisch School.   

Courses Taught: MFA Playwriting

Remarks: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s plays include Everybody (Signature Theatre), War (Lincoln Center/LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer prize-finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; Obie Award for Best New American Play), An Octoroon (Soho Rep; Obie Award for Best New American Play) and Neighbors (The Public Theater). His recent honors include a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Theatre Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams award. A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre, Branden is also under commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, MTC/Sloan, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Branden is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School and holds an M.A. in Performance Studies. In addition to Hunter College, Branden has also taught playwriting at New York University, Juilliard, Queens University of Charlotte, and Princeton University.  An anthology of his works, Appropriate & Other Plays, is forthcoming from TCG Books.

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Jonathan Kalb, Professor

Office: 520D HN
Email: jkalb@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-3082
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Jonathan Kalb

Areas of Specialty: Theater History, Dramatic Literature, Theater Criticism and Theory, Dramaturgy.

Educational Background: B.A. Wesleyan University; M.F.A., D.F.A. Yale School of Drama.   

Courses Taught: World Theater I, II, III; 20th Century Aesthetics of Theater and Film; Theater Theory and Criticism; Play Analysis; Adaptation in Theater and Film; Avant-Garde Theater; Introduction to Theater; 20th Century German Theater; Dramaturgy Research and Case Studies; Critical Writing; Theater Theory and Criticism; Play Analysis; Beckett and His Heritage; Dramaturgy Research and Case Studies; Alternative Theater; Brecht and Artaud; Goethe’s Faust: Text, Background, Tradition.

Selected Work—Books: Beckett In Performance (Cambridge UP, 1989/1991); Free Admissions: Collected Theater Writings (Limelight Editions, 1993); The Theater of Heiner Müller, Cambridge UP, 1998; Revised and enlarged paperback, 2001); Play by Play: Theater Essays and Reviews, 1993-2002 (Limelight Editions, 2003); Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater (University of Michigan Press, 2011/2013)
-- Recent Publications: "Introduction" to Ten Great Films, by Stanley Kauffmann (Sheep Meadow Press, 2012); "What is the Theater's Outer Limit of Great Length?", Theater 41:2 (2011); "The Mahabharata Twenty-Five Years Later: Peter Brook in conversation," Perfomring Arts Journal (PAJ 96), 32:3, Sept. 2010; "Amazing Untold Stories of Catalogues," Performing Arts Journal (PAJ 92) 31:2, May 2009; "Nothing to do with Patience: An Interview with Michael Thalheimer," Theater 39:1 (2009); Beckett After Beckett, Salmagundi, Fall-Winter 2008-09.

Remarks: Professor Kalb has twice won the country’s most prestigious prize for a drama critic, The George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He won it in 1991 for his first book Beckett in Performance and his writings in The Village Voice, and again in 2012 for his book Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater, which also won the George Freedley Award from the Theatre Library Association. Prof. Kalb has written theater criticism and feature articles for the New York Times and was the chief theater critic for New York Press from 1997-2001. His writing has appeared in many journals and book collections, including: Modern DramaTDRPerforming Arts JournalAmerican TheatreTheaterTheater HeuteTheater ThreeTheatre JournalTheatreForumThe Michigan Quarterly ReviewSalmagundiThe Nation and The Threepenny Review. Prof. Kalb is the Literary Advisor for Theatre for a New Audience, where he works frequently as a dramaturg. He is also the founding editor of HotReview.org, the Hunter On-Line Theater Review, an open-source Web journal that has published more than 200 articles, essays, interviews and other writings by a wide range of authors, from talented novices to the nation’s foremost living theater writers.

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Brad Krumholz, Lecturer

Office: 526 HN
Email: bkrumhol@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 396-6068
Fax: (212) 650-3584

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Gregory Mosher, Professor and the Jay and Patty Baker Chair of Theater

Office: 522 HN
Email: gm1125@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-3789
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Remarks: Gregory Mosher, Hunter’s new department chair, comes from a long career in the theater. He is the director and/or producer of over 200 plays, many of them world or American premieres at the Lincoln Center and Goodman theaters (both of which he led), on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, and in London’s West End. His colleagues have included leading actors such as Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo, Jessica Lange, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman, Kiefer Sutherland and many more, on new plays and productions with writers including Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Richard Nelson, Spalding Gray, Mbongeni Ngema, Leonard Bernstein, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, and Edward Albee.

He produced the film version of David Mamet’s American Buffalo (starring Dustin Hoffman) and directed the film The Prime Gig (starring Vince Vaughn, Ed Harris, and Julia Ormond), which was invited to the Venice, London, and Los Angeles film festivals. 

His adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone was published in 2017, following a tour of the play to schools, community centers, and prisons in Kenya, and in the townships of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2005,  he was hired by Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger to establish the Columbia Arts Initiative, a program to engage all students, faculty, and alumni in the arts, which has been widely adapted for American colleges and universities. From 2010-2017, he served as Professor of Professional Practice in the Columbia School of the Arts, where he taught actors, playwrights,  directors, and producers. 

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Claudia Orenstein, Professor

Office: 520A HN
Email: corenste@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4228
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Puppetry/Object performance, Asian Theatre, Interculturalism, Political Theatre.

Educational Background: B.A. University of Southern California; Ph.D. in Drama, Directing and Criticism, Stanford University.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, World Theater I , II, and III, Graduate Theatre History I, Asian Theatre, Theatre of Protest, Play Analysis, Puppetry and Performing Objects Onstage, Women in Theatre, Playmaking Workshop (with Putu Wijaya), The Performing Arts of Kerala, India (Month-long Winter Session Education Abroad program in India).

Selected Work: Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance. Co-editor with Dassia Posner and John Bell (Routledge, 2014; paperback edition, 2015).; The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation (Allyn and Bacon, 2006); Festive Revolutions: The Politics of Popular Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe (Univ. P of Mississippi, 1999)“Women in Indian Puppetry: Negotiating Traditional Roles and New Possibilities.”Asian Theatre Journal,“The Object in Question: A Peek into the FIDENA International Puppetry Festival.” TDR/The Drama Review,“Thinking Inside the Box: Meditations on the Miniature at the Great Small Works Eighth International Toy Theatre Festival.” Theater, “Happy Bedfellows: Commedia dell’Arte, Politics, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.” Routledge Companion to Commedia Dell’Arte, “Forging New Paths for Kerala’s Tolpavakoothu Leather Shadow Puppetry Tradition.”Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance, “Women in Indian Puppetry: Artists, Educators, Activists.” Gender, Space and Resistance: Women and Theatre in India,“The Danish Festival at the New Victory Theatre: Puppetry and A New Perspective on Family Entertainment” TDR, “In and Out of Time: The Animated Art of Janie Geiser” Puck: La Marionnette et les Autres Arts“Revolution Should Be Fun: A Critical Perspective on the San Francisco Mime Troupe” Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies (University of Michigan Press, 2006).

Remarks: Claudia Orenstein is a scholar, dramaturg, director and actor, who has worked and studied in the US, France, India, and Japan. Her current research focuses on the use of mixed media in contemporary performing object theatre and puppetry forms in India and Japan. She has also written on political theatre and on interculturalism.. Her articles and reviews appear in Asian Theatre Journal, Theatre, TDR, Theatre Symposium, Animated Encounters, Puppetry International, Puck, and Mime Journal. She worked as dramaturg for Shank’s Mare (LaMaMa) and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh International Festival). She has trained in various physical performance traditions including kathakali, kabuki, kyogen, bharata natyam, Balinese dance, commedia, and puppetry. . She serves as Associate Editor of Asian Theatre Journal and has been a Board Member of both the Association for Asian Performance and UNIMA- USA. S She runs a month-long Winter Education Abroad program for Hunter College in India, and she also holds an appointment at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

Louisa Thompson, Associate Professor

Office: 520C HN
Email: lthomp@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-3517
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Louisa Thompson

Areas of Specialty: Set and Costume Design.

Educational Background: B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama.

Courses Taught: Set Design, Costume Design, Visual Elements, Intro to Theatre, Theatres and Movie Palaces, New Play Workshop.

Selected Work: Set and costume design for Molly's Dream at Soho Repertory Theatre; set and costume design for First in Flight at Theaterworks USA; set design for [sic] at Soho Rep (Obie & Hewes Award); No. 11 at McGinn/Cazale Theater (Blue and White); Convenience and Tomato Plant Girl (Geva Theatre); Baby With the Bathwater (Triad Stage and Soho Rep); People are Wrong (P.S. 122); The Ladies (Dixon Place and The Civilians); 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com (The Cherry Lane Theatre); Canard, Canard, Goose (The Civilians); The Great Men of Science (The Empty Space); Garden (Geva Theatre); The America Play (Actors Express); Tulpa (Target Margin); The Cherry Orchard (SALT Theatre). Costume design for Tex Arcana Waltz (Basic Grammar); Ciao and Company (Barrington Stage Company); Leaving Queens (Portland Stage Company); Once Five years Pass (The Julliard School and Bard College).

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Technical Directors

David Bean, Technical Director

Office: C0022 HN
Email: dbean@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 772-4241
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Technical Theatre

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Michael Collins, Assistant Technical Director

Office: C0022 HN
Phone:
(212) 772-4241
Fax:
(212) 650-3584

Areas of Specialty: Technical Theatre

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Past Full-Time Faculty:

Michael E. Rutenberg, Professor Emeritus

Office: 523B HN
Email: playact@earthlink.net
Phone: (212) 772-4231
Fax: (212) 650-3584

Michael E. Rutenberg

Areas of Specialty: Playwriting, Acting and Directing.

Educational Background: B.A. Brooklyn College; M.F.A., D.F.A. in Directing, Yale School of Drama.

Courses Taught: Playwriting, Acting, Directing.

Selected Work: Edward Albee: Playwright in Protest, (DBS Publications, Inc). Free verse translation and adaptation of Seneca’s Oedipus (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc.).     

Remarks: Dr. Rutenberg was the former Head of Israel's National Conservatory of Stage and Cinematic Art - the only American to hold that position. He is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio, where he has developed and directed both new plays and revivals for public presentation. An active professional director in New York City, he has directed at The American Theatre of Actors, The West Bank Cafe, The Theatre for the New City, and The Corner Loft Theatre. Regionally, Dr. Rutenberg has directed at the Deertrees Summer Theatre in Maine, The Monticello Playhouse in New York State, and the Silo Circle Theatre in North Carolina. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Dramatists Guild, the Theatre League of South Florida, and the Mystery Writers of America, having written and directed the Off Broadway production of A Polite Case of Murder. Professor Rutenberg has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Lynn University, and Digital Media Arts College, and a guest director at the Annual Theatre Festival in Key West, Florida. During summers he has taught master classes in playwriting at The Caldwell Theatre and the Hollywood Playhouse in Florida, and directed at the Public Theatre of South Florida. In 2003 his play The Candidate opened at Love Creek Productions in New York City. In 2004 he directed the New York premier of The Fist, a powerful drama depicting the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, at Theatre For The New City in New York City. That same year Love Creek Productions in New York City presented his play A Birthday Gift For Barbie. In 2004 and again in 2005 he was awarded the New York City Chancellor’s “Certificate of Recognition” for Scholarly Achievement. From January to June 2005 he received a State Department Fulbright Grant to Haifa University in Israel as Writer/Artist-in-Residence. In 2006, Professor Rutenberg received the Hunter College "Presidential Award For Excellence in Teaching" In 2006 he also directed The Jewish Theatre of New York's production of My Name Is Rabbi Meir Kahane as part of Theatre For the New City's 11th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. In June, 2007 he wrote and directed Payback, a winning entry in the Samuel French 32nd Annual Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Payback was also a winning entry in 2008 at the Boca West Theatre Play Festival in Boca Raton, Florida. In March, 2008 at the “First International Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at Central Connecticut State College in Connecticut, Dr. Rutenberg delivered a paper entitled: “Teaching and Directing In Israel.”  In 2013 he took first prize for his play A Miracle in  the 6th annual International Short Play Competition sponsored by the Boca West Theatre  Company in Florida.

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