Kristin Johnsen-Neshati



Theater Faculty

Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, (B.A., Swarthmore College; M.F.A and D.F.A Yale School of Drama) is Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Dramaturg/Artistic Associate for Theater of the First Amendment. She is also a director, critic, and freelance theater writer, and has translated four of Chekhov's major plays. Her translations have been produced at universities throughout the U.S. Her version of Three Sisters was chosen by Sarah Ruhl as one of her source texts for her new adaptation of Chekhov's original, which premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in 2009. Before coming to Virginia, Ms. Johnsen-Neshati worked at the Yale Rep, Goodman Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. Her current research examines the interplay between traditional and modern pressures on contemporary theater practice in select regions of the Islamic world – Egypt and Sudan, specifically. In 2008, she wrote reviews for "The Experimental," the daily trilingual theater publication of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater. Since then, she has developed a growing interest in Egypt's independent theaters. Ms. Johnsen-Neshati is an active member of the Arabic Theater Working Group associated with IFTR (The International Federation of Theatre Research). She is also the recipient of the Arts Council of Fairfax County's Strauss Fellowship for creative artists, KC/ACTF Criticism Faculty Fellowship to the Critics Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and George Mason's Fenwick Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Russian and Theater from Swarthmore College, and M.F.A. and D.F.A. degrees in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.

Course List:

THR 150 001 - Greeks Through Restoration

THR 351 001 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism

THR 359 001 - World Stages


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