"Most recently I've been translating contemporary German-language drama. My translation of Swiss playwright Lukas Bärfuss' The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents has been produced in London and New York; other play translations have been published in journals, and I directed Rebekka Kricheldorf's Rosa and Blanca with students at Knox in 2008. Meanwhile, I continue to pursue research as a theatre historian, particularly in the area addressed by my 2003 book - the composition and behavior of theatre audiences."
Years at Knox: 1998 to present
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1995, Princeton University.
M.A., Comparative Literature, 1989, University of California Los Angeles.
B.A., German and French, 1986, University of London, Goldsmiths' College.
European theatre, dramaturgy, theatre history, playwriting.
Fellowship, George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, 2011-2012.
Resident, Ledig House International Writers Residency, Omi, New York, 2010.
Fellow, Banff International Literary Translation Centre, 2008.
"Lies of the Drama," review of Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, Hunter College on-line theatre review, 2010.
Translator (from German.) "Blackbox," and "Three Paragraphs on Blackbox," Thomas Martin, The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht Jahrbuch 35, (2010.)
Translator (from German.) Tattoo by Igor Bauersima and Rejane Desvignes, TheatreForum, 2009.
"Art and Morality: The Plays of Igor Bauersima and Rejane Desvignes," TheatreForum, 2009.
Review of Waves devised by Katie Mitchell after Virginia Woolf's novel, and Martin Crimp's Attempts on her Life directed by Katie Mitchell, Theatre Journal 60.1 (2008).
Translator (from German). The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents by Lukas Bärfuss. Nick Hern Books, 2007.
Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience. Oxford: Praeger Publishers, 2003.
Participation in panel discussion with playwright Lukas Bärfuss and his translators in symposium "De la page au plateau: Traduire le théâtre," Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010.
Panelist, "Directors and translators: a dialog." American Literary Translators Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010.
Participation in panel "Nudging Things Forward: Retranslation," American Literary Translators Association conference, Pasadena, California, 2009.
"Interpreting Hostile Reception in the Theatre, 1880s to 1930s," ‘Studying Historical Audiences' Reception' workshop, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, June 2007.
Translator (from German) and director: Rosa and Blanca by Rebekka Kricheldorf, Knox College, 2008.
Translator (from German): The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents by Lukas Bärfuss, Electric Pear Productions, New York, 2008 & Gate Theatre, London, 2007.
Campus & Community Involvement
Elected to Executive Committee, 2010.
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance, 2007-2010.
London Director, "London & Florence: Arts in Context," ACM program, 2003 & 2007.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.