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Bruce A Levitt

Bruce Levitt has been a Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University since l986. He served as Chair of the Department from l986 to l995 during which time he oversaw the final phases of construction of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and, together with the faculty and staff, restructured the academic and productions programs of the department.

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Karen Jaime

Karen Jaime(B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D.; New York University) is Associate Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies. The recipient of a Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship for 2023-2024, Karen is a former Mellon/HIDVL Scholar in Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, a former Institute for Citizens & Scholars Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellow (*formerly the Woodrow Wilson Career), a former Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow and Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karen’s award-winning monograph, The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida (NYU Press, 2021) argues for a reexamination of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe as a historically queer space, both in terms of sexualities and performance practices. Her critical writing has been published, or is forthcoming, in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, e-Misférica, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, ASAP/J, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Performance Matters and in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Karen is also an accomplished spoken word/performance artist who served as the host/curator of the Friday Night Poetry Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2003-2005). She also co-edited an anthology celebrating the life and legacy of Nuyorican Poets Cafe co-founder, Miguel Algarín entitled Memorias de Miguel: The Hard Work of Love. Her poetry is included in The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians,” and in the anthology Latinas: Struggles and Protest in 21st Century USA.

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Sabine Haenni

Sabine Haenni, Associate Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts and the American Studies Program, is an interdisciplinary scholar broadly interested in how cinema and media address and intervene in social issues. She is the author of The Immigrant Scene: Ethnic Amusements in New York, 1880-1920 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), which looks at the roles immigrant (and foreign-language) theatres as well as early cinema played in mediating a major wave of migration to the United States. She is also co-editor of Fifty Key American Films (Routledge, 2009), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films (2014), and of a special issue on “New Images of the City” of the journal The Global South (vol. 9.2, 2015). And she has published on a wider range of topics, ranging from American immigrant fiction in the early 20th century, animals in silent film, and Hamlet in film, to questions of intermediality, cinematic aesthetics after 1968, the city symphony aesthetic of Alexander Kluge, Martin Scorsese, and more. She also serves as a contributing editor to the journalNew German Critique,and serves on the advisory board ofMediapolis: a journal of cities and culture.

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Kent Lynn Goetz

Kent Goetz is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts. He taught design and was the Resident Scene Designer at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts from 1991 - 2019. From 2002 -08 he served as Department Chair. In addition to his work at Cornell, Kent designed professionally at other institutions including: TheatreSquared, Asolo Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Skylight Opera, Body Politic Theatre, American Musical Theatre, Maine State Musical Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre and Kitchen Theatre Company. He has also served as a scenic artist at the Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Opera and the Julliard School. Prior to Cornell Kent taught design at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. His tutorials written for the CAD application, VectorWorks, have been widely used by theatre professionals and teachers throughout the United States and abroad.

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Carolyn Goelzer

Carolyn Goelzer was a Minneapolis-based theater artist for more than 25 years, performing roles in most Twin Cities theaters (the Guthrie, Jungle Theater, Children’s Theatre, Illusion etc.) as well as stages on Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and L.A.  She received a NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Theodora Skipitares’ IPHIGENIA at LaMama ETC in NYC. She is a three-time recipient of the McKnight Individual Artist Fellowship (in Playwriting; Interdisciplinary Arts; and Theater Arts categories) and a Core alumna of the Playwrights’ Center. An actor in Cornell’s RPTA program from 2005-2008, she now teaches acting in PMA.

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J. Ellen Gainor

J. Ellen Gainor is Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts. A specialist in British and American drama of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and women's dramaturgy, she is the author of the award-winning studiesShaw's Daughters: Dramatic and Narrative Constructions of GenderandSusan Glaspell in Context:American Theater, Culture and Politics 1915-48. She is aco-author ofThe Norton Anthology of Drama, co-editor ofTheComplete Plays of Susan Glaspell, and the editor of Githa Sowerby: Three Plays. She has also edited the influential essay collectionsImperialism and Theatreand the co-editedPerformingAmerica: Culture Nationalism in American Theater. Her latest publications includetheedited volume, Susan Glaspell in Context,for the Literature in Context series from Cambridge University Press andthe co-edited Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory & Dramatic Criticism. She previously served as a literary advisor to both the Mint Theater and the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York and has worked for the Shaw Festival in Canada and the National Theatre in England.