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Cindy D. Rosenthal

Professor of Drama and Dance


Degrees

PHD, 1997, New York Univ (NYU); MA, 1989, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1976, Tufts Univ


Bio

Professor of Drama and Dance Cindy Rosenthal teaches acting, play analysis, dramatic literature, theatre studies and women studies in HCLAS. She is 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 Hofstra's New College, as well as A Piece of My Heart for Hofstra's 2004 Day of Dialogue & the world premiere of The Bonus Army by Hofstra alumnus Isaac Rathbone about the activism of World War I veterans during the Depression (for Expressions of Democracy, a day-long event Rosenthal coordinated with Professors Cynthia Bogard and Lisa Merrill, produced in conjunction with the 2012 Presidential Debate at Hofstra). Rosenthal directed Rathbone's The March of the Bonus Army off-off Broadway at Cap 21 in September 2014. For Hofstra's Drama Department, Dr. Rosenthal directed Fiddler on The Roof (Fall 2015), The Burial at Thebes (Fall 2014), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Fall 2007), Nickel and Dimed (Fall 2009), Undeclared History, (world premiere) by Rathbone about the Vietnam War era (Spring 2011), Rent (Fall 2011) and This Bud of Love, a one-hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Dr. Maureen McFeely, which toured local high schools (Spring 2013). Cindy Rosenthal has performed off-Broadway, in regional theatre and in musical tours (including seasons at Boston Shakespeare and New Jersey Shakespeare), in a Clio Award-winning commercial, and in Hofstra's premiere production of The Vagina Monologues. She has contributed essays to The New York Times, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance and TDR, including an essay memorializing Judith Malina, "And After Love"(Fall 2015), as well as the TDR cover story (summer 2006) "Ellen Stewart: La Mama of Us All," which has been translated into Italian, and the Stessin Award-winning essay, 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 Presents: Posters and Chronicles from La Mama Experimental Theatre, a monograph documenting fifty years of production history at La Mama Experimental Theatre (forthcoming, Michigan). In spring 2011, as part of Hofstra's 75th Anniversary Celebration, she was co-director with Professors Robin Becker and Robert Westley of INTO SUNLIGHT, an interdisciplinary conference exploring the impact of war on the social body. 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. In summer 2015 she played Jo Britten in Blues for Mister Charlie and Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird. Other favorite roles at Bread Loaf include Gertrude in Hamlet, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Sonia in Uncle Vanya.


Teaching Interests

acting, dramatic literature, theatre history, performance studies, feminist theory and performance, modern and contemporary theatre studies, Jewish theatre, culture and performance

Research Interests

radical and experimental theatre, theatre collectives, women directors, theatre of the 1960s, feminist theatre, contemporary playwrights

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DRAM 059 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I Undergraduate
DRAM 103 SENIOR PRACTICUM Undergraduate
DRAM 115 INDEPENDENT STUDIES Undergraduate
DRAM 155 ADV PRODUCTION LABORATORY I Undergraduate
DRAM 163 SEMINAR IN THEATER STYLE I Undergraduate
DRAM 176 (AA) MODERN DRAMA 2 Undergraduate
HUHC 014 (LT) C & E SPRING HUMANITIES Undergraduate
INTD 003A THEATER DEVELOPMENT FUND Undergraduate
RHET 009 INTRO TO PERFOMANCE STUDIES Undergraduate
WST 001D (IS) WOMEN, SEX & POWER Undergraduate
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