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Jessica Brater
Jessica
Brater
Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor and Theater Coordinator
Arts & Sciences
Division of Performing Arts
203-479-4126
GATE104A
Gate House
About

    Jessica Silsby Brater is delighted to join the UNH faculty, especially at such an exciting moment in the life of the Theater Program. One of the newest majors on campus, Brater has been thrilled to encounter a vibrant group of students, a committed core of faculty, and engaged audience members from across the University on her visits to campus. She looks forward to participating in the continued growth of the program.

    This fall she will teach Introduction to Contemporary Performance (formerly titled Theatrical Style) and a new highlight of the major, Theater for Community Impact. Brater’s teaching style encourages students to map connections between theater literature, history, and theory and their own stage practice, challenging students to excel both intellectually and creatively and to explore connections between the performative and the political.  She is also committed to nurturing the development of collaborative relationships.

    Her research interests include the history and practice of directing, American experimental theater and performance, women in theater and feminist performance, and collective creation. Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria), an original play that engages with the conflict in Syria and is produced by Brater’s theater company, Polybe + Seats, premieres in Brooklyn under her direction in August 2014.  Her book, Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman’s Work, is forthcoming from Methuen Drama in 2015. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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    EDUCATION

    Ph.D. in Theatre Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York, February 2013

    M. Phil in Theatre Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2012

    B.A., Theatre & English, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2000, magna cum laude

    RESEARCH

    Publications

    Books, Articles & Chapters

    Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman’s Work. London: Methuen Drama (forthcoming in 2015).

    “Mabou Mines’s Staging of Imagination Dead Imagine Revisited: Ruth Maleczech, Samuel Beckett, and Holographic Visualization,” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 26 (September 2014): 269-282.

    “Ruth Maleczech, JoAnne Akalaitis, and the Mabou Mines Family Aesthetic,” in Women, Collective Creation, and Devising, eds. Kathryn Syssoyeva and Scott Proudfit. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming in 2015).

    “Collective Creation and Historical Imagination: Mabou Mines’s Devised Adaptions as History Plays,” inAdaptation and Devising: creative processes and contemporary performance, ed. Adam Ledger. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming in 2015).

    “Staging Lucia Joyce:  Performance, Technology & Stagecraft” in As We See It, ed. Dr. Peter S. Petralia, (under consideration by Palgrave Macmillan).

    “’Let Our Freak Flags Fly’: Shrek the Musical and the Branding of Diversity,” co-author. Theatre Journal 62, 2 (May 2010): 151-172.

    Editor, Theatre Research Resources in New York City. New York: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications: 2007.

    Reviews

    “Misery Loves Company SJ:  Act Without Words II in Manhattan,” Journal of Beckett Studies 22,1 (April 2013): 123-130.

    Review of the Roundabout Theater’s 2009 production of Waiting for Godot. The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle du Beckett, Fall 2009.

    “Russian Theatre at Barnard.” Slavic and Eastern European Performance 28, 2 (Spring 2008): 96-103.

    Review of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2008 production of Endgame. The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle du Beckett, Fall 2008.

    Conference Presentations & Organization

    “Fat and Feminist: Mabou Mines’s Americanization of Franz Xaver Kroetz’s Through the Leaves.” Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale, A.Z., July 24-27, 2014.

    Panelist, “Fantasy Feminisms: Dreaming of the Perfect Syllabus.” Panel organized for annual conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale, A.Z., July 24-27, 2014.

    Co-curator, “Ruth Maleczech: Art & Impact.” To be presented at the Martin E. Segal Center Theatre Center, CUNY, New York, N.Y., April 7, 2014.

    “Funny Girl:  The Feminist Politics of Melodrama and Comedy in Lillian Mortimer’s No Mother to Guide Her.”  Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, F.L., August 1-4, 2013.

    Convener and Co-chair, “Appropriation as Advocacy in the American Avant-Garde.” Panel organized for annual conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C., August 2-5, 2012.

    “Family Drama: Ruth Maleczech’s Staged Appropriations of Fatherhood & Finances.” Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C., August 2-5, 2012.

    “Staging Lucia Joyce:  the Resurrection and Reclamation of one of History’s Lost Daughters.” Paper presented at annual conference of the Women in Theatre Program of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C., August 2, 2012; also presented at the annual conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, New Orleans, L.A., March 14-17, 2012.

    “Against the Exclusion of Women from Futurism.” Paper presented at the annual Stony Brook English Graduate Conference, New York, N.Y., March 11, 2011.

    “Water Signs: Ecology, Femininity & Hybridity.” Paper presented as part of the Performance and Ecology Working Group at the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Seattle, W.A., November 18-21, 2010.

    Co-organizer and Convener, “Greening the Dialogue: Eco-Criticism and Practice in Theatre, Performance, and Film.” Conference organized for Earth Day at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, New York, N.Y., April 23, 2009.

    “Blood and Water:  Putting the Eco in Theatre.” Paper presented at “Greening the Dialogue: Eco-Criticism and Practice in Theatre, Performance, and Film,” organized for Earth Day at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, New York, N.Y., April 23, 2009.

    Assistant Conference Organizer, “Rachel Corrie and the Theatre of Public Opinion.” Conference organized for the Barnard College Department of Theatre, New York, N.Y., April 7, 2006.

    SELECTED DIRECTING

    Founding Artistic Director, Polybe + Seats, 2001-present
    Kohl Black and the Right Way to Pray
    by Sarah Sakaan, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center/Polybe + Seats

      • Currently in development in residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY

        Anna Asli Syria (I Come from Syria), conceived by Sarah Sakaan with Jessica Brater, Polybe + Seats

        • August 2014 production presented at Beit Jeddo in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and produced in partnership with the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY)
        • Production excerpts presented at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY and the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT in September 2014

        A History of Launching Ships by Avi Glickstein, Polybe + Seats

        • October 2012 production to be presented by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
        • March 2013 remount to be presented by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

        Alice or the Scottish Gravediggers by Pixérécourt, Polybe + Seats [English language premiere]

        • presented by the Old Stone House, Brooklyn, October 2011
        • Developed in residency at the Old Stone House, 2010-11 with work-in-progress showings, February and August 2011

        A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things: An Underwater Spectacular of Conservation & Change, Polybe + Seats 

        • Conceived and directed by Jessica Brater and Katya Schapiro and devised by the company, presented by the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, Brooklyn, in celebration of Earth Day, April-May 2010
        • Workshop showings: chashama’s OASIS festival, the Bushwick Starr, Mabou Mines ToRoNaDa Studio & Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, NYC, 2007 and 2009

        The Birds by Aristophanes, Target Margin Theater

        • Presented as part of Target Margin Theater’s Lab at HERE Arts Center, New York, November 2007

        Zeit af der KürbisGeistNachten by Sybil Kempson, Dixon Place

        • Workshop presented by Dixon Place, New York, October 2007
        • Reading presented by the Flea Theater, New York, Spring 2007

        The Charlotte Salomon Project:  Life? Or Theater?, Polybe + Seats

        • Developed in residence at Mabou Mines as part of Mabou Mines/Suite with a New Play Commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture
        • Based on the life and work of Jewish-German painter Charlotte Salomon and conceived and adapted by Jessica Brater and Miriam Felton-Dansky and devised with the company
        • Presented by the University of Michigan for the inauguration of the Wallgreen Drama Center, April 2007
        • Presented by Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery, November 2006
        • Work –in-progress showing at Mabou Mines ToRoNaDa Studio, New York, October 2006

        Capitalism is the Bedrock of Democracy, Polybe + Seats

        • Presented by HERE Arts Center Extreme Exchange, New York, 2004 and devised by the company

        Counting Her Dresses by Gertrude Stein, Polybe + Seats

        • Presented at The Flea Theater, New York, as part of Polybe + Seats Speakeasy series, 2004

        Scenes from Italian Renaissance Drama by Machiavelli, Tasso & Andreini

        • Michigan-Duke-Wisconsin Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy at the Villa Corsi-Salviati, 2003

        Careful of Eights:  Four (Five) Plays by Gertrude Stein, Polybe + Seats

        • Adaptation of three short plays and set to original, live music.
        • Presented by Dixon Place’s NOT FOR BROADWAY Festival, by the HERE American Living Room Festival, and by Polybe + Seats at the Beckman Theatre, New York, July-August 2003

        What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton, Barnard College Department of Theatre, 2002

        Two Spent Swimmers by Sylvan Oswald, Polybe + Seats

        • Presented at the Abingdon Theater, New York, and by the Brown University Festival of New Plays, 2002

        Scenes from Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, Barnard College

        • Presented as part of the Mellon Grant for Science and Society at Barnard College, 2002

        Desmond, or Abraham and Frances by Sylvan Oswald, Polybe + Seats

        • Presented by the NY International Fringe Festival, 2001
        • Reading with Ruth Maleczech and Sharon Fogarty at the Voice and Vision Envision Retreat, Bard College, 2002