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Susan Jonas

Susan Jonas
Visiting Professionals Series

Susan Jonas is a relentless dramaturg, by day masquerading as a civil servant or arts analyst in the Theatre Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, where she apologizes for not being able to give bigger grants to worthy artistic organizations. She also teaches at whatever university will have her-- most recently New York University, and in previous years Princeton University, Connecticut College, Brooklyn College, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, etc. ad nauseum. She has written for various theatre periodicals, including American Theatre and Theatre, and co-authored the internationally read Report on the Status of Women in Theatre, as well as editing Dramaturgy and American Theater, the standard text in the subject in this and several other countries. She has worked as a resident dramaturg for The Acting Company, Classic Stage Company and Rushmore Theater Festival, and freelanced for many other New York and regional theatres. Her adaptations and translations have been performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club and Williamstown Theatre Festival and toured nationally with the Lincoln Center Institute and The Acting Company among other companies. She was the Managing Director of the Ensemble Studio Theater and the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Knickerbocker Theatre Festival which produced the work of Paul Selig, among other now celebrated playwrights. Dr. Jonas has also worked in film development for a variety of studios and agencies. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University and her M.F.A. and D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. She is currently working on a really great secret project.