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.