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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 is Codirector of Women’s Studies at Hofstra. She is on the Board of Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement. Dr. Rosenthal received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Tisch/ 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. Her monograph, Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2017) received the 2018 George Freedley Memorial Prize. Her other books include Modern American Drama: Playwriting 2000-2009, coedited with Julia Listengarten (Bloomsbury/ Methuen, 2018), The Sixties, Center Stage, coedited with James Harding (U. Michigan, 2017), and two other anthologies with Harding, The Rise of Performance Studies: Rethinking Richard Schechner’s Broad Spectrum (Palgrave 2011) and Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theatres and their Legacies (U. Michigan 2006). With Hanon Reznikov she coedited Living on Third Street: Plays of the Living Theatre 1989-92 (Autonomedia 2008). Directing credits at Hofstra include Actually for Hofstra’s Cultural Center and 100 Years in 500 Days, a premier by alumnus Isaac Rathbone for the Artistic Expressions and the Great War Conference, 2018. Dr. Rosenthal directed Grounded for the Berks Women’s History Conference, 2017. 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 the premier of Rathbone's The March of the Bonus Army and then directed the play off-off Broadway at Cap 21 in 2014. For Hofstra's Drama Department, Dr. Rosenthal directed Hair (2017), Fiddler on The Roof (2015), The Burial at Thebes (2014), This Bud of Love (2013), Undeclared History (premier) by Rathbone about the Vietnam War era (2011), Rent (2011), Nickel and Dimed (2009) and Six Characters in Search of an Audience (2007). Cindy Rosenthal has performed off-Broadway, in regional theatres 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 the Stessin Award-winning essay in TDR "The Common Green, Common Ground Performance Project: The Personal, the Political, the Gardens and NYU.'? In spring 2011, as part of Hofstra's 75th Anniversary Celebration, she codirected Into Sunlight with Professors Robin Becker and Robert Westley, 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. Favorite roles at Bread Loaf include Gertrude in Hamlet, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Emilia in Othello.


Teaching Interests

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

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 100 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate
DRAM 110C DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
DRAM 115 INDEPENDENT STUDIES Undergraduate
DRAM 166 PERFORMING PLAYS OF SHAKESPRE Undergraduate
DRAM 176 (AA) MODERN DRAMA 2 Undergraduate
INTD 003A DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM Undergraduate
PHI 051D PHIL EXPL: DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
WST 001D (IS) WOMEN, SEX & POWER Undergraduate
WST 197 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate
WST 198 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WST Undergraduate
WST 199 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES Undergraduate
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