Cindy D. Rosenthal
Professor of Drama and Dance
Degrees: PHD, 1997, New York Univ; MA, 1989, New York Univ; BA, 1976, Tufts Univ
Professor of Drama and Dance Cindy Rosenthal has taught acting and interdisciplinary courses in performance at Hofstra University's New College and the School for University Studies since 1998; she currently teaches acting, women's studies, theatre studies, and dramatic literature in HCLAS. She is the Public Speaking Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence and on the Board of the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts/ New York University, her M.A. from NYU's Gallatin Division in Literature in Performance, and her B.A. in English and Drama, magna cum laude, from Tufts University. Dr. Rosenthal directed Top Girls, Beckett Shorts, and The Waiting Room at New College, as well as A Piece of My Heart for Hofstra's 2004 “Day of Dialogue.” For the Drama Department she directed Sleeping Beauty as the companion piece for the Shakespeare Festival (Spring 2007), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Fall 2007), Nickel and Dimed (Fall 2009) and in Spring 2011Undeclared History, an original work by Hofstra alumnus Isaac Rathbone about the Vietnam War era set on the Hofstra campus and based on archival documents and oral histories. Cindy Rosenthal has performed in regional theatre and musical tours (including seasons at Boston Shakespeare and New Jersey Shakespeare), in a Clio Award-winning commercial, and in Hofstra's original production of The Vagina Monologues. She has contributed essays to The New York Times, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and TDR, including the TDR cover story (summer 2006) “Ellen Stewart: La Mama of Us All,” which has been translated into Italian, and the Stessin Award-winning article, also in TDR, “The Personal, the Political, the Gardens and NYU” (fall 2002). She edited Living on Third Street: Hanon Reznikov's Plays of the Living Theatre 1989-1992 (Autonomedia, 2008), co-edited Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theatres and Their Legacies, with James Harding for University of Michigan Press (2006) and also with Harding, The Rise of Performance Studies: Rethinking Richard Schechner's Broad Spectrum (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). Current book projects include Ellen Stewart's La Mama: An Illustrated and Oral History--The First Fifty Years, a monograph analyzing Ellen Stewart's life and work (forthcoming, Michigan). In spring 2011, as part of Hofstra's 75th Anniversary Celebration, she was conference co-director with Drama and Dance faculty Robin Becker and Robert Westley of INTO SUNLIGHT, an interdisciplinary conference exploring the impact of war on the social body, which was inspired by David Maraniss's book about the Vietnam War, They Marched Into Sunlight. As a founding member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble, since 1986 she has performed and directed works in Middlebury, Vermont and in Juneau, Alaska. Favorite roles at Bread Loaf include the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera, and Sonia in Uncle Vanya.