Degrees/Diplomas: PhD inTheatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 1973. MFA in Film, Radio & Television, Columbia University, 1965. BA in English Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 1959. After teaching at Russell Sage, Newark State (now Kean) and Queens Colleges, Mimi D’Aponte began a Baruch career in 1973 and was invited to join the Graduate Center faculty in 1984. At Baruch she directed several student productions and eventually chaired first the Speech Department and then the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. In 1998 she received the Baruch College Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.
The major part of D’Aponte’s work concerns Italian theatre, with special emphasis on the plays of Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo. Her articles and chapters appear in leading scholarly journals and reference texts, and her translations have been published. A first, Shepherd’s Song (from Andrea Perrucci’s La cantata dei pastori) was written in 1984 with Aniello D’Aponte, her husband. Theater Neapolitan Style: Five One-Act Plays by Eduardo De Filippo (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004), received the Italian Government’s prestigious Translation Prize in 2006. She produced four of the one-acts as professional staged readings at Manhattan sites; a favorite, Philosophically Speaking, also ran as a showcase production in 2004. In 2005 she presented Pirandello’s The Man with a Flower in His Mouth in a bilingual production at the Casa Italiana of New York University, and in 2006 produced Cece`, a one-act by Pirandello starring John Turturro, at the Players Club as a benefit for the Pirandello Society of which she was co-president for many years. Professor D’Aponte’s work also embraces Theatre of Color in the United States, the title of courses she established, both at The Graduate Center and Baruch College. The first in its field, she edited and introduced Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays (Theatre Communications Group 1999).
After retiring from full-time teaching in February 2004, Professor D'Aponte continued to teach a Playwriting course at Baruch, and began writing her own plays. Staying Connected was presented as a staged reading at NYU's Casa Italiana in 2008. 8th Grade Reunion receoved a preliminary reading at The Valley Players Theatre in Waitsfieldd, Vermont in 2008, and a professional staged reading at The Players Club in NYC in 2010. Sister Spirit was presented as a staged reading at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Brooklyn in 2012. Homeland Security was produced by Vermont's Tenfest at the Valley Players in 2013. The collection, My Mother’s Front Porch and other plays, published in 2015, inclurded these works and two others:the play of the title and Brooklyn RX, presented in Brooklyn by Good Neighbors of Park Slope in 2016.