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Royston P. Coppenger

Professor of Drama and Dance


Degrees

DFA, 1998, Yale Univ; MFA, 1984, Yale Univ; BA, 1981, Univ Tennessee Knoxville


Bio

Royston Coppenger (Styles, Directing) is a writer, director and dramaturg known for his radical approach to the interpretation of classic plays. His writing credits include co-authorship (with Travis Preston) of The Last American in Paris/Le Dernier Americain Paris, Paradise Bound Part II, and The December Project, as well as Snow White and the Drag Queen with Alejandro Madero. His original theater works Hopper and Moses were produced at HERE in New York City. His translations include Roberto Zucco, In the Loneliness of the Cottonfields, and Key West, all by French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes. In Switzerland, he conceived and directed Am Anfang war das Teater for the Teatro Palino in Baden. His original English versions of The Seagull, Hedda Gabler and A Doll House were produced by The Private Theatre in New York City.  At Hofstra University he has directed productions of Don Juan Comes Back from the War, The Maids, Pericles, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Dream Play, and The Threepenny Opera. Professional directing credits include Dido and Aeneas/An Incomplete Education for the Bronx Opera; The Importance of Being Earnest for Brave New World Repertory; The Great White Hope and Fahrenheit 451 in the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the annual "Celebrate Brooklyn” festival;  his own adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me at the Ohio Theater; Frank Wedekind's Earth Spirit at Theater Row Theater; Stanislaw Witkiewicz The Pragmatists in a gutted mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan; Two Small Bodies at the Samuel Beckett Theater; and the world premiere of Stevan Arbona's Saturn's Children at HERE. His short films, Das Kapital: The Movie ' Chapter 8 and The Alp were screened at Anthology Film Archives as part of the "New Filmmakers" series. He has taught courses in theater and popular culture at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and NYU. He holds a Doctor of Fine Arts degree in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama. His daughter, Matilda, is a Freshman at Maryland Institute College of the Arts.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRWR 242 PLAYWRITING Graduate
DRAM 009 PLAY ANALYSIS Undergraduate
DRAM 103 SENIOR PRACTICUM Undergraduate
DRAM 115 INDEPENDENT STUDIES Undergraduate
DRAM 155 ADV PRODUCTION LABORATORY I Undergraduate
DRAM 156 ADV PRODUCTION LABORATORY II Undergraduate
DRAM 163 SEMINAR IN THEATER STYLE I Undergraduate
DRAM 164 SEMINAR IN THEATER STYLE II Undergraduate
DRAM 175 (AA) MODERN DRAMA 1 Undergraduate
DRAM 190 PLAY DIRECTING Undergraduate
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