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Claudia Orenstein
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: (212) 772-4642
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Directing and Critical Theory, Stanford University, 1993.

Major publications include: The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance (Routledge, 2014) co-editor with Dassia Posner and John Bell; The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation (Allyn and Bacon, 2005) co-author with Mira Felner; Festive Revolutions: The Politics of Popular Theater and San Francisco Mime Troupe. Series in Performance Studies (Jacksonville: University Press of Mississippi, 1999). Her articles appear in The Routledge Companion to Commedia Dell’ Arte (Routledge 2015), Gender, Space and Resistance: Women and Theatre in India (DK Printworld, 2013), Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies (University of Michigan Press, 2006), and the journals TDR, Theater, Asian Theatre Journal, and Puppetry International.
Specializations/description of Interest Areas: puppetry and material performance, Indian puppetry; Asian Theatre with an interest in intercultural performance; Political Theatre, focusing on strategies used by political activists. She is Executive Producer of the documentary film Magic in Our Hands (2014) and worked as dramaturg on Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh 2011, Singapore Arts Festival 2012) and Shank’s Mare (LaMama, 2015). She serves as Associate Editor of Asian Theatre Journal, a peer reviewer for Puppetry International and has been a board member of The Association of Asian Performance and UNIMA-USA.