Michael Zelenak

MICHAEL ZELENAK

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, THEATRE HISTORY
RESIDENT DRAMATURG

B.A. University of Scranton
M.A. University of Pittsburgh
MFA and DFA, Yale University, School of Theatre

Michael Zelenak has written 15 plays, translated plays from Greek, Latin, French and Norwegian, and directed more than 50 productions. He has worked as a dramaturg at Center Stage, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre. He worked with Martin Scorsese as dramaturg on Age of Innocence (Columbia Pictures, 1993).

He was founder and artistic director of Theatre Libre (1970, now the Scranton Public Theatre), the American Ibsen Theatre (1983) and founding dramaturg of Theatre Southeast (1996).

He served on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University, Yale University and Florida State University before coming to Stony Brook. His critical work has appeared in Comparative Drama, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre, American Theatre, Theatre Research International, Theatre Three and Theatre Topics. His full-length book Gender and Politics in Greek Tragedy was published by Peter Lang in 1999.

Contact: michael.zelenak@stonybrook.edu

Announcements:

What your faculty did this summer:

Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November 

Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.

Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.

Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs. 

Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart. 

Ken Weitzman was  a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.

 

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