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 a Javits Foundation graduate fellow at Columbia University, where his research focuses on transatlantic modernism with an emphasis on the interrelationships between theater, historiography, theater theory, and philosophy. His dissertation project draws upon a variety of critical discourses to examine the concept of the baroque as it was developed in aesthetic theory around the turn of the twentieth century, arguing that this period’s emergent avant-garde theaters and its attempts at understanding seventeenth-century cultural production shaped each other in decisive, dynamic ways.

He holds an MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale University, where he worked as a graduate fellow and assisted with teaching classes on theater history, Shakespeare, and collaborative theater-making. As a lecturer at Yale, he also developed and co-taught a special college seminar on opera and music-theater. Since coming to New York, he has been a teaching fellow for Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s “Narratives for Living” seminar, and has developed and taught undergraduate writing for Columbia’s University Writing Program. Additionally, he has worked as a production dramaturg for projects at a number of theaters, including Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the McCarter Theatre Center.

Joseph is also a theater artist and critic, an occasional contributor to the Village Voice’s theater section, a member of the Brooklyn-based theater design collective Wingspace, and an assistant editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.
Courses Taught:
- LINA 3050 Myth, Modern Art, Modernity
- LTHR 2013 History of World Theater
- LTHR 3106 Theater Theory

Research Interests:
Modern drama and performance; theater history and historiography; theater theory; theater and philosophy; intellectual and conceptual history; aesthetic theory; media studies; avant-garde studies; queer theory; rhetoric; music and music-theater
Professional Affiliations:
- The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University
- The European Institute 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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