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  • Bonnie Marranca

    Emeritus Professor


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Bonnie Marranca


    In addition to teaching, I am also publisher/editor of PAJ Publications and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, a company I founded. ( Over the decades my work as an arts writer and editor has brought me into contact with several generations of artists working worldwide in theatre, dance, video, music, installations, and digital culture. This first-hand knowledge of artistic process and the world of artists is an experience that I draw on in my teaching. Besides writing essays on performance and travel abroad for editing and research, I have taught and lectured in many American and European universities. At Lang I curate a series called Art Work, which invites innovative artists for evening presentations on their artistic process.

    Degrees Held

    Doctoral studies CUNY-The Graduate Center;
    MA, Hunter College;
    BA, Montclair State College

    Professional Affiliation

    • PEN America
    • Fullbright Association 

    Recent Publications

    New Europe: plays from the continent, NY: PAJ Publications, 2009.   

    Performance Histories, NY: PAJ Publications, 2008.

    American Performance 1975-2005. Rome, Italy: Bulzoni Editore, 2006 (in Italian).  

    Conversations on Art and Performance. Ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.  

    Ecologies of Theatre. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.  

    Plays for the End of the Century, ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.  

    Interculturalism and Performance: Writings From PAJ, ed. NY: PAJ Publications, 1991.  

    Theatrewritings. NY: PAJ Publications, 1984.  

    American Dreams: The Imagination of Sam Shepard. ed. NY: PAJ Publications, 1981.  

    Theatre of the Ridiculous: Jack Smith, Kenneth Bernard, Charles Ludlam, Ronald Tavel, ed. NY: PAJ Publications, 1979. 

    The Theatre of Images: Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, ed. NY: Drama Book Specialists, 1977. 

    Research Interests

    Contemporary performance; American and world drama; visual arts; arts criticism

    Awards And Honors

    • 2012, Erasmus Mundus Professorship, selected European universities
    • 2011, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award for Excellence in Editing
    • 2009, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship, Queen Mary/University of London and University of the Arts/Central St. Martins, London
    • 2001-2002, Fellow, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University
    • 2001, Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in American Studies, Princeton University
    • 1998-1999, Fulbright Senior Scholar, Freie Universitat (Berlin)
    • 1996, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, The Rockefeller Foundation (Italy)
    • 1990, Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz Award for support of Polish theatre culture abroad (Warsaw)
    • 1985, Guggenheim Fellowship
    • 1983-84, George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism (Theatrewritings)
    • 1983, Obie Award to PAJ Publications for “Outstanding Achievement in the Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway Theatre”

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