Theatre for a New Audience has established a Council of Scholars to expand the scope and depth of the Theatre’s humanities programs. A primary goal of the Council will be to provide perspectives that illuminate contextual themes and heighten intellectual conversation around Theatre for a New Audience’s season. The Council will help to design comprehensive and integrated programs that meet the needs of target audiences, and that deepen the contributions of the Theatre to Shakespeare study and scholarship over time. Further, Council members will participate in the Theatre’s public programs and will write articles for its publications. The current Council Members are Jonathan Kalb, Richard McCoy, Gail Kern Paster, Tanya Pollard, Alisa Solomon, and Ayanna Thompson (Chair).
ABOUT THE COUNCIL
JONATHAN KALB is Resident Dramaturg and Resident Artist at Theatre for a New Audience and Professor of Theatre at Hunter College, CUNY. He has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. The author of five books and hundreds of articles, essays, translations and other works, he writes about theatre on his blog “Something the Dust Said” at www.jonathankalb.com.
RICHARD MCCOY is a Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of four books – Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia (Rutgers, 1979), The Rites of Knighthood: The Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (California, 1989), Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation (Columbia, 2002), and Faith In Shakespeare (Oxford, 2014) – as well as many articles on Shakespeare’s plays. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Huntington Library. He has also served as a speaker and consultant for Shakespeare performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Target Margin, The Public Theater, and The Shakespeare Society as well as Theatre for a New Audience.
TANYA POLLARD is Professor of English at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her books include Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages (2017), Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England (2005), and Shakespeare’s Theater: A Sourcebook (2003); with Tania Demetriou she is co-editor of Homer and Greek Tragedy on early Modern England’s Theaters (2017) and Milton, Drama, and Greek Texts (2016), and with Katharine Craik she is co-editor of Shakespearean Sensations: Experiencing Literature in Early Modern England (2013). A former Rhodes Scholar, she has received fellowships from the NEH, Whiting, and Mellon foundations, and the Warburg Institute.
ALISA SOLOMON is a teacher, writer and dramaturg living in New York City. She directs the Arts and Culture concentration in the MA program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her criticism, essays and political reporting have appeared in a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Nation, Forward, Theater, and Village Voice (where she was on the staff for 21 years). Her book, Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender (Routledge, 1997) won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She is the co-editor (with Tony Kushner) of the anthology Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Grove, 2003). Her latest book is Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof from Metropolitan Books (Holt). Photo by David M. Barreda.
AYANNA THOMPSON (Chair) is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of Blackface (forthcoming Bloomsbury, 2021), Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach, co-authored with Laura Turchi (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2021), Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave, 2010), and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006). She is currently collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus. She was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America, and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars. She was one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018.
Pictured above: Emily Gould, Alisa Solomon, Merritt Janson, and Michaël Attias; photo by Gerry Goodstein.
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