Cermatori, Joseph

Cermatori, Joseph

Joseph Cermatori


PhD (expected 2015), English and comparative Literature (program in theater), Columbia University
MA/MPhil, English and comparative Literature (program in theater), Columbia University
MFA, dramaturgy and dramatic criticism, Yale University School of Drama
AB, English, Princeton University



Joseph Cermatori is an adjunct lecturer with Lang's Theater and InterArts faculties. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, he specializes in modern drama. He has also taught as a graduate teaching fellow and part-time instructor at Yale and Columbia Universities. His research at Columbia was honored with a four-year graduate fellowship (2010-14) from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation and U.S. Department of Education. He has participated in summer research institutes on theater and performance at Northwestern and Harvard Universities. His dissertation project examines the emergence of a modernist baroque paradigm in theater and philosophy around the turn of the twentieth century.

An associate editor at PAJ, his writing has appeared in Theater, Theater Journal, Theatre Topics, PAJ, and Modern Drama. He has contributed critical essays to the theater sections of the Village Voice, the Brooklyn Rail, and Capital New York. As a dramaturg, he has recently worked on productions at a number of theaters, including Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the McCarter Theatre Center. He is also a director of theater and opera, and a member of the Brooklyn-based theater design collective Wingspace.

Courses Taught:
- LTHR 2056 History of American Theater
- LTHR 4990 Independent Senior Project
- LINA 3050 Myth, Modern Art, Modernity
- LTHR 2013 History of World Theater
- LTHR 3106 Theater Theory

Research Interests:
Modern and contemporary drama; theory of theater and performance; avant-garde studies; baroque theater; historiography; interdisciplinary humanities
Professional Affiliations:
- The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University
- American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
- American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Performance Studies Working Group (PSFG)
- Performance Philosophy

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