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Ph.D., Harvard University, Yiddish Literature and Culture exp. 2013
SECONDARY FIELD: Comparative Literature
DISSERTATION: “In the Temple of Art: The Vilna Troupe and the
Transnational Yiddish Art Theater Movement.”
COMMITTEE: Ruth R. Wisse, Martin Puchner, Joel Berkowitz
B.A., Hampshire College, Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature 2007
THESIS: “Hotzmakh’s Shpiel: Translation, Adaptation, and the
Creation of a Yiddish Dramatic Canon.”
Assistant Director, Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research, Harvard
University, Cambridge MA (2010 – pres.)
Instructor, Performing Arts Dept., Emerson College, Boston, MA (2011-pres.)
Tutorial Instructor, Special Concentrations & Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Programs, Harvard University, Cambridge MA (2010 – pres.)
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2009 – 2011)
Faculty, Prozdor at Hebrew College, Newton, MA (2008 – 2009)
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Dissertation Fellowship 2011 – 2012
Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Merit Fellowship 2011 – 2012
Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research 2011 – 2012
Targum Shlishi Dissertation Research Grant 2011
Posen Foundation Summer Seminar Award 2011
Teagle Foundation Course Development Award, Bok Center at Harvard 2011
Research Grant, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard 2009, 2011
Schimberg Graduate Student Fellowship, Harvard Center for Jewish Studies 2008 – 2010
Kavinovsky Research Fellowship, Harvard Center for Jewish Studies 2009
Graduate Society Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, Harvard University 2009
Fein, Pinanski, and Shain Memorial Fellowship, Combined Jewish Philanthropies 2009
Rykles Memorial Travel Award, Harvard Center for Jewish Studies 2008
Leo Flax Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Harvard University 2007
Merle Fainsod Prize for “top incoming students,” Davis Center, Harvard University 2007
Jewish Arts and Culture Initiative Grant, Harold Grinspoon Foundation 2006
Jewish Studies Research Grant, Hampshire College Jewish Studies Program 2006
Pennsylvania Scholarship, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans 2003–2007
“Oedipus, Shmedipus: Ancient Greek Drama on the Modern Yiddish Stage.” Comparative Drama
44.4/45.1 (Winter/Spring 2010/11): 405-422.
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Articles in Edited Collections
“Forgotten Playwright: Kadya Molodovsky and the Yiddish Stage.” The Legacy of Yiddish
Women Writers, Rosemary Horowitz, ed. (Forthcoming.)
Encyclopedia Articles and Textbook Chapters
“Greek Tragedy and Yiddish Literature/Theater.” Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, Hanna
Roisman, ed. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming.)
“The Early National Period and Expansion” and “The Fifties” in The Jewish Americans. Rodney
P. Carlisle, ed. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2011.
Review of Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama by Barbara J. Henry. Modern Drama.
Comparative review of Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish
American Experience by Julius Novick and Messiahs of 1933: How American Yiddish Theatre
Survived Adversity through Satire by Joel Schechter. Theatre Survey 51.2 (November 2010):
Annotations Editor, Shulamis: Daughter of Jerusalem (manuscript in progress). Edited by
Alyssa Quint, translation by Nahma Sandrow, music compiled by Zalmen Mlotek. This volume
emerged from the 2009 Harvard production of Shulamis (dir. Debra Caplan and Cecelia Raker).
“Ruth R. Wisse Bibliography” in Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon: Essays on Literature and
Culture in Honor of Ruth R. Wisse (Cambridge: Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies,
2008). Co-authored with Justin Cammy.
CORE FIELDS OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Jewish/Yiddish theater and performance; 19th and 20th century drama and theater history;
theatrical modernism and the avant-garde; Jewish literature and culture; intersections between
literary and theatrical cultures; religion and the theater; performance and identity; gender and
performance; translation and adaptation; Eastern Europe; digital humanities.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS
“A Humble Synagogue: Joseph Buloff’s Jewish Art Players and the Aesthetics of Modernist
Yiddish Theater.” Chicago: Theater Capital of America symposium. Columbia College
Chicago, May 2011.
“Death into Wonder: Theater, Redemption & Resistance in Sutzkever’s ‘Tsum yortog fun geto-
teater.’” Roundtable on “Reading Sutzkever” with David Roskies and Ruth R. Wisse. ‘
Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA, December 2010.
“Imagining the Other: Teatr Polski and the Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater, 1921-1939.”
Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA, December 2010.
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“Between Archives and Artistry: Directing Goldfaden’s Shulamis.” Goldfaden and the Yiddish
Theater: The Legacy of Shulamis symposium. Conference organizer, moderator, and speaker.
Harvard University, December 2009.
“A Tongue in Exile: Insiders and Outsiders on the Polylingual Yiddish Stage” (revised)
American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2009. Panel organizer.
“Coming Attractions: Yiddish Theatre Programs and the Reading of Performance.”
Junior Scholars’ Conference on Jewish Art, Tel Aviv University, March 2009.
“Beyond the Nation: Birobidzhan in the Jewish Imagination”
Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, February 2009.
“A Tongue in Exile: Insiders and Outsiders on the Polylingual Yiddish Stage”
Jews/Theatre/Performance Conference, Jewish Theological Seminary, February 2009.
“Hotzmakh’s Shpil: Translation, Adaptation, and the Creation of a Yiddish Literary Canon”
Amherst-Binghamton Translation Studies Conference, April 2006.
“A Public Lamentation: Kadya Molodovsky and Poetry After Auschwitz”
Yiddish/Jewish Cultures Conference, New York University, February 2006.
“The History and Transnational Legacy of the Vilna Troupe.” Montreal International Yiddish
Theater Festival, June 2011.
“Waiting at the Footlights: Y.L. Peretz’s Campaign for a Yiddish Art Theater.” Modern Jewish
Worlds Workshop, Harvard University, April 2011.
“The Dybbuk on Stage and Screen.” Invited Guest Lecture for CB 43: The World of Yiddish
Harvard University, February 2011.
“Hitchcock’s Rebecca: Sex, Murder, and the Art of Adaptation.” Invited Guest Lecture for
WGS 1122: The Romance from Jane Austen to Chick Lit. Harvard University, April 2010.
"Imagining the Other: Yiddish Theater and Interwar Polish-Jewish Relations.” Invited Guest
Lecture for Slavic 176: Poland Between Avant-Garde and Catastrophe, Harvard University,
"Catching Elephants: The Hirschbein Troupe and the Emergence of a Kunst Aesthetic for the
Modern Yiddish Theatre, 1908-1910.” Post-Medieval Jewish Studies Workshop, Harvard
University, February 2010.
“The Richness of Yiddish: Language, Literature and Lider.”
Boston Vilna Shul and the Boston Workmen's Circle, September 2009.
“Oedipus, Shmedipus: Ancient Greek Drama on the Modern Yiddish Stage”
Post-Medieval Jewish Studies Workshop, Harvard University, November 2008.
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Adjunct Instructor 2011 – present
“World Drama in its Context I” (Fall 2011)
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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Tutorial Instructor 2010 – present
Develop syllabus, teach, and supervise independent study courses (“tutorials”) for
individual students. Tutorials meet weekly over the course of a semester.
“Staging the Body.” (Spr. 2011)
“Performance, Creativity, and Social Change.” (Spr. 2010)
Teaching Fellow 2008 – 2011
Three-time recipient of a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
Taught weekly discussion sections (approximately 20 students per section), planned and
prepared course syllabi, presented guest lectures, advised students, and graded
examinations, assignments, and term papers.
“The World of Yiddish” (Head Teaching Fellow), Prof. Ruth R. Wisse (Spring 2011)
“The Romance: Jane Austen to ‘Chick Lit,’” Prof. Linda Scholossberg (Spr. & Fall 2010)
“Gender and Performance,” Prof. Robin Bernstein (Fall 2009)
“Theism and Moral Reasoning,” Prof. Jay M. Harris (Fall 2009)
“Jewish Languages and Literatures,” Prof. Marc Shell (Fall 2008 & Spr. 2010)
Yiddish Tutor, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations 2008
Tutored Yiddish students one-on-one in Yiddish language and literature.
Prozdor of Hebrew College, Newton, MA
Faculty 2008 – 2009
Designed and taught elective courses in Jewish literature and culture, performance
studies, and Yiddish language for upper-level high school students.
“Jews and Performance” (Spring 2009)
“Jewish-American Literature and Culture” (Fall 2008)
“Beginning Yiddish” (Fall 2008 & Spring 2009)
“Intermediate Yiddish” (Spring 2009)
Boston Workmen’s Circle, Brookline, MA 2008
“Beginning Yiddish” - an introduction to Yiddish for adult education students
Longmeadow High School, Longmeadow, MA
Yiddish Teacher 2006 – 2007
Designed and implemented an innovative curriculum to introduce high school students to
Yiddish language and culture in weekly after-school lessons.
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Yiddish Instructor, Experiential Program in Education and Community 2007
Designed and taught an introductory Yiddish language and culture winter term course
for Hampshire College undergraduates.
Teaching Assistant 2006
“Yiddish Language and Culture,” Prof. Rachel Rubinstein (Fall 2006)
ADVISING AND MENTORING
Freshman Advisor, Harvard University 2010 – 2011
Served as the primary academic advisor to incoming Freshmen at Harvard College.
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Women, Gender and Sexuality Tutorial Board, Harvard University 2008 – present
Supervise undergraduate student projects, advise undergraduates in WGS concentration.
Senior Fellow, Steiner Internship Program, National Yiddish Book Center 2007
Mentored undergraduate and graduate students, taught classes on Yiddish language and
literature, led evening cultural programming, designed and led educational trips to New
York and Montreal, directed interns in a culminating performance.
Asst. Director, Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research 2010 – present
Collaborating with Prof. Martin Puchner to develop an annual summer school in theater
and performance research at Harvard. Ongoing activities include: designing the program
and curriculum of the seminar, inviting senior faculty to participate, developing a
program website and blog, selecting participants, communicating with department
administrators and faculty members, and overseeing the summer school when in session.
Assistant to Professor Julie Peters, Harvard University English Dept. 2010
Worked with GSAS deans, the English Department, and the Committee on Dramatic
Arts to create a new academic secondary field for graduate students at Harvard in
Symposium Organizer and Moderator
“Goldfaden and the Yiddish Theater: Shulamis and its Legacy” 2009
Convener of a landmark symposium at Harvard on Avrom Goldfaden, in conjunction
with a historic production of Shulamis, co-directed by Debra Caplan and Cecelia Raker.
Fellow, Lily Center for Jewish Languages & Literatures 2008 – 2010
Invited speakers from around the globe to speak about Jewish languages at Harvard,
designed syllabus for the two-year seminar, wrote grant proposals, ordered course
materials, designed and maintained the Center’s website, made travel and lodging
arrangements for speakers, communicated with department administrators, managed the
Center’s office and budget, and organized conferences. Supervised by Prof. Marc Shell.
Founder and Artistic Director, Harvard Yiddish Players 2008 – 2010
Founder of a student performance group that produced Yiddish plays at Harvard.
Productions: Di Gantse Velt iz a Teater (2009) and Shulamis (2009) a full-scale bilingual
production in a new translation by Nahma Sandrow with music by Zalmen Mlotek.
Seminar Co-Organizer and Session Chair, Jewish Languages and Literatures Seminar
at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting held at Harvard
University in March 2009.
Workshop Co-Coordinator, Yiddish Break at Brandeis University 2008
Invited presenters, scheduled presentations, led workshops on Yiddish theater & song.
Book Repository Assistant, National Yiddish Book Center 2003 – 2007
Supervised book sorting and culling in the world’s largest Yiddish book warehouse, led
tours for visitors of all ages about the history of Yiddish literature, researched and
catalogued Yiddish books.
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Invited Participant, Posen Summer Seminar (August 2011)
Session theme: “The Language and Literature of Jewish Secularism.”
Workshop, “Advanced Communication Practices for Teachers and Scholars,”
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (Summer 2011)
Invited Participant, Teagle Seminar in “Designing the Course of the Future,”
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (Spring 2011)
Nominated by my department and selected by the Bok Center to participate in this
university-wide program in course design and development. Included the creation of a
syllabus and assignments for a proposed course on “Immigrant Theater in America.”
Graduate Writing Fellow, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (Spring 2010)
A semester-long program on teaching writing and using writing as a pedagogical tool in
the classroom, including the creation and execution of a teaching plan for the course:
“The Romance: From Jane Austen to Chick Lit.”
COMMITTEES AND SERVICE
GSAS Committee on Graduate Education, Harvard University (2008 – 2009)
Member of University-wide committee responsible for considering all matters concerning
graduate education and for advising the Dean of Faculty and the Dean of the Graduate
American Comparative Literature Association Planning Committee (2008 – 2009)
Graduate Student Funding Committee, American Society for Theatre Research (2008)
Prize Reviewer, Harvard Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (2009)
Reader for the Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies and the Selma and Lewis
Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.
Library Volunteer, Vanserg Yiddish Library, Harvard University (2007 – 2010)
Advanced proficiency: Yiddish, Hebrew
Reading ability: German, French, some Polish and Russian
Haifa Summer Hebrew Ulpan, Haifa University, Israel 2009
The First International Birobidzhan Program in Yiddish Language and Culture 2007
Vilnius Summer Yiddish Program, Vilnius University, Lithuania 2006
Tel Aviv Summer Yiddish Program, Tel Aviv University, Israel 2006
Association for Jewish Studies
American Society for Theatre Research
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
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American Theatre and Drama Society
Modern Languages Association
American Comparative Literature Association
Graduate Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
SELECTED THEATER & FILM EXPERIENCE
Artistic Director Shulamis (film) Unrendered Productions, 2010
Co-Director & Producer Shulamis Harvard Yiddish Players, 2009
Director & Producer Di Gantse Velt iz a Teater Harvard Yiddish Players, 2009
Workshop Director Yiddish Acting Workshop Yiddish Break at Brandeis, 2008
Workshop Director Yiddish Acting Workshop Birobidzhan Yiddish Program, 2007
Music Director Yackadayou Bratislayou Hampshire College, 2007
Translator & Director The Magic Mirror National Yiddish Book Center, 2006
Production Intern (2002 season) Muhlenberg Summer Theatre Co.
Stage Management Intern (2001 season) Muhlenberg Summer Theatre Co.
Artistic Grants and Sponsorship:
Awarded artistic grants for theater projects by the following organizations:
Harvard Office for the Arts (2009)
Learning from Performers Program at Harvard (2009)
Harvard Center for Jewish Studies (2008; 2009)
The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation (2009)
Harvard Library Judaica Division (2009)
Harvard University Hillel (2008; 2009)
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation Jewish Arts and Culture Initiative (2006 - 2007)
The National Yiddish Book Center (2006)
Hampshire College Jewish Studies Program (2006)
Hampshire College Theatre Program (2006)
Ruth R. Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative
Literature, Harvard University. (617) 496.9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Puchner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University. (617)
495.2533 or email@example.com.
Joel Berkowitz, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Director of the Stahl
Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison. (414) 229.6551 or
Justin Cammy, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College. (413) 585.3639 or
Julie Stone Peters, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
(212) 854.2472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.