Meet the Faculty


While we are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for its generous support of the Institute, the next session has been postponed until 2022, when participants can travel to Brooklyn for the on-site Institute.


Julie Crawford

Mario DiGangi

Krista Apple

Claudia Zelevansky

Kate Dorman



Julie Crawford and Mario DiGangi will serve as lead scholars for the program. Dr. Crawford is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Dr. DiGangi is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Both scholars have published widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as the broader contexts of English Renaissance drama and culture. In addition to these pursuits, both scholars are committed teachers. Dr. Crawford recently won a Lenfest Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award. DiGangi has published works such as Approaches to Teaching English Renaissance Drama, which is designed to give teachers practical guidance on introducing students to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Dr. Crawford and Dr. DiGangi were lead scholars for Theatre for a New Audience’s 2015-2018 Summer Institutes, and Dr. DiGangi also served as lead scholar in 2011. 

Master teaching artists, Krista Apple and Claudia Zelevansky, will contribute the perspectives of actor and director. In addition to her extensive work as an actor, Ms. Apple is currently on the teaching faculties of the University of the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Drexel University, and the National High School Institute (NHSI/Northwestern University). She has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts for her work as a teacher and mentor. Ms. Zelevansky received her Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Yale University and has directed over 35 theater productions, both off-Broadway and regionally. She has taught at Oberlin College, Bard College, City University of New York, as well as her two alma maters:  Northwestern University and Yale University.  She was also a Fellow in Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Service in Schools Initiative. Both Ms. Apple and Ms. Zelevansky served on the faculty for Theatre for a New Audience’s 2011 and 2015-2018 NEH Summer Institutes.


Project Director Kathleen Dorman has spent much of her career building and managing arts education programming with the goal of making Shakespeare’s work accessible and relevant to young audiences. She is presently the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience; prior to this position, she served as Associate Artistic Director (Education) at Classic Stage Company, where she created the “Shakespeare Smackdown” scene competition, collaborated with cartoonist David Heatley to produce comic strip summaries of 10+ Shakespeare plays, and commissioned a co-production with Trusty Sidekick Theater Company designed to introduce children as young as 5-years-old to Shakespeare. Kathleen also has many years of experience in classrooms, having worked as a teaching artist and site director of after-school and summer programs in NYC schools, and as a paraprofessional and drama specialist in Boston area schools. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BA in Theatre and English from Boston College, and currently serves on the board of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. 

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Pictured above: Participants in the 2018 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers; Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.