Julia Listengarten

Julia Listengarten, Ph.D.

A theatre artist and scholar, Julia Listengarten has worked professionally in New York City with various experimental theatre companies and is currently Professor of Theatre, Artistic Director, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include avant-garde theatre, contemporary scenographic practice, and performances of national identity. Her translation of Christmas at the Ivanovs' (with Karin Coonrod) premiered off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and was included in Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950. Among her directing credits are Bernarda Alba, Seminar, Cloud 9, Marisol, EurydiceThe Burial at Thebes, Gem of the OceanVinegar Tom, and The Baltimore Waltz, and she is the recipient of many meritorious achievement awards in directing from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. 

Her books include Russian Tragifarce: Its Cultural and Political Roots (Susquehanna UP, 2000), Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000 (with Knopf; Yale UP, 2011), Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice (with Alrutz and Wood; Palgrave, 2012),  Modern American Drama: Playwriting 2000-2009, Voices, Documents, New Interpretations ( with Rosenthal; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018), Cambridge Companion to American Theatre Since 1945 (with Di Benedetto; Cambridge UP, 2021), and Performing Arousal: Precarious Bodies and Frames of Representation (with Meeerzon; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022). She has contributed to many edited theatre collections and her articles have been published in Recherches Semiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry, SCENE, Translation Perspectives, Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance, and Slavic and East European Performance, among others.  She has recently co-edited the 8 volume series Decades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009 and served as journal editor of Stanislavski Studies: Practice, Legacy and Contemporary Theater .

Dr. Listengarten is the recipient of many University of Central Florida awards including the prestigious Pegasus Professor Award 2020, 2018-2019 Pabst Steinmetz Innovation Award in Arts & Wellness, the 2019 University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and the 2019 Women of Distinction Award in Creative Entrepreneurship.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from University of Michigan (1996)

Research Interests

contemporary and avant-garde theatre practices, performance and identity politics, performance as social practice. 

Selected Publications

Books

  • (with Cindy Rosenthal) Decades of Modern American Playwriting: the 2000s; Voices, Documents, New Interpretations. Methuen Drama.

Edited Collections

  • Cambridge Companion to American Theatre Since 1945. (with Stephen Di Benedetto). Cambridge University Press, 2021.
  • Decades of Modern American Playwriting: 1930-2009. 8 volume series. Co-edited with Brenda Murphy. Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury

Articles/Essays

  • "Il teatro statunitense nel Duemila: temi, prospettive, tendenze." Ácoma: Rivista internazionale di Studi Nordamericani N. 20 Nuova Serie, Primavera-Estate 2021 - Anno XXVII.

  • “In Search of New Authenticity in Staging Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan”

    (with Vandy Wood, and Megan Alrutz). Theatre Arts Journal: Studies in Scenography and Performance, Vol. 5, 1 (2020): 76-86.

  • “Building Affective Solidarity and Creating Healthier Communities through the Arts:Interactions, Elaborations, and Interventions in Multiple Contexts” (with Keri Watson andKate Kilpatrick). The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 14: 4 (2019), https://artsinsociety.com.
  • “Staging representations: Reflections on performing activism in a visual art and theatre collaboration” (with Keri Watson). SCENE6.1 (2019): 41-62.
  • (with Lyubov Zabolotskaya Weidner), "Vasiliev Methodology: Situational and Ludo Structures.” In Stanislavski Studies: Practice, Legacy and Contemporary Theater. 5.1: 13-20.   

Book Sections/Chapters

  •  “Introduction to Becky Shaw.” Gina Gionfriddo, Becky Shaw, Methuen Drama, 2020, v-xvi.
  • “Affecting the Lives of ‘Others’: The Journey of Albee’s Plays in the Soviet Union.” Edward Albee as Theatricla and Dramatic Innovator. Ed. David Crespy and Linloln Klonkle. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2019, 147-166.
  • "Russian Stage Design and Theatrical Avant-Garde.” Scenography. Ed. Arnold Aronson. Routledge,  385-401. 

Creative Publications

  • “Puppets, Kites, and the Swirling Waters: Convergent Boundaries in a Site-Specific  Performance.” SCENE 5:2. 

Awards

Pegasus Award (2020), University of Central Florida
NEA Big Read (2020)
NEA Big Read (2019)
NEA Big Read (2018)
NEA Big Read (2017)
Women of Distinction Award (2019), University of Central Florida
Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2019), University of Central Florida
Pabst Steinmetz Innovation Arts & Wellness Award (2018)
Research Incentive Award (RIA) (2017-18), University of Central Florida
Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) (2018), University of Central Florida
Scroll & Quill Society (2017), University of Central Florida
Excellence in Directing (2019), Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival
Excellence in Directing (2018), Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival
Excellence in Directing (2017), Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival
Excellence in Directing  (2016), Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival
Excellence in Directing (2014), Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival
Information Fluency Award (2013), University of Central Florida
Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2012), University of Central Florida

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19613 THE5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Unavailable
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11076 THE5945L Theatre Practicum Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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11077 THE5946L Theatre Practicum Ⅱ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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11078 THE6947L Theatre Practicum Ⅲ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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51551 TPA3197L Sum Thea Studio Tech Desig Ⅱ Face to Face (P) A Unavailable
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11318 THE5205 American Theatre Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Unavailable
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11156 THE5945L Theatre Practicum Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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11157 THE5946L Theatre Practicum Ⅱ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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11158 THE6947L Theatre Practicum Ⅲ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80327 THE5910 Research Methods in Theatre Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
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80294 THE5945L Theatre Practicum Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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80295 THE5946L Theatre Practicum Ⅱ Face to Face (P) Unavailable
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80296 THE6947L Theatre Practicum Ⅲ Face to Face (P) Available
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61864 THE5910 Research Methods in Theatre Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp B M,Tu,W,Th 09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
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61870 TPP3952L Summer Studio Performance Face to Face (P) A Unavailable
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Updated: May 7, 2022