Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D in Dramatic Art, New York University.
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|CUNY Graduate Center
Major publications: The Art of Kabuki: Famous Plays in Performance (1979; rev. ed. 2000); Kabuki Encyclopedia: An English-language Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten (1979); The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage: 1920-1930 (1985), 1930-1940 (1989), and 1940-1950 (1992); Ten Seasons: New York Theatre in the Seventies (1986); From Belasco to Brook: Great Directors of the English-speaking Stage (1991; Choice Outstanding Academic Book); From Stanislavsky to Barrault: Great Directors of the European Stage (1991); The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theatre (1994); New Kabuki Encyclopedia: A Revised Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten (1997); Frozen Moments: Writings on Kabuki, 1966-2001 (2002); Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre (2006). Books he edited include Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Postwar Revivals (1986); Japanese Theatre in the World (1997); Zeami and the Nô Theatre in the World (1998), with Benito Ortolani; Japanese Theatre and the International Stage (2000), with Stanca Scholz-Cionca; A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance; Kabuki Plays On Stage: Vol. 1 Brilliance and Bravado: 1697-1767; Vol. 2 Villainy and Vengeance: 1773-1799; Vol. 3 Darkness and Desire: 1804-1864; Vol. 4 Restoration and Reform: 1872-1905 (2003-2004), with James R. Brandon; Masterpieces of Kabuki: Eighteen Plays On Stage, with James R. Brandon (2004), Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre (2006; Choice Outstanding Academic Book; Outstanding Reference Source of 2007, American Library Association); and Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952 (2009). He also translated/adapted, from the Japanese original, Shiro Okamoto’s The Man Who Saved Kabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied Japan (2001). He edited the Japanese entries in the Encyclopedia of Modern Drama (2007) and “back translated” the Broadway musicals The Lion King, Aida, and Wicked prior to their Tokyo productions. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar (Japan, 1974-1975), received a Claire and Leonard Tow Award (1997), held a Claire and Leonard Tow Professorship (1997-98), received a Wolfe Fellowship (1999-2000), and was Broeklundian Professor (2001-2002). He has been twice Visiting Scholar at Waseda University, Tokyo, and Scholar in Residence at Seikei University, Tokyo. He was founding editor of the Asian Theatre Bulletin (1971-1978), was Japan book review editor for Asian Theatre Journal from 1983, and was that journal's editor-in-chief (1992-2004). He also served on the editorial board of Theatre Symposium. He was on the executive committee of the American Society for Theatre Research (2000-2002). His memberships include Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Asian Performance, Phi Beta Kappa, and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He received the 2005 ATHE Excellence in Editing Award. In 2007, he retired from Brooklyn College, where he had been Chair of Theatre. In 2009, he was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship to do research in Japan on his projected history of postwar kabuki.