Kristin Johnsen-Neshati

Theater Faculty

Kristin Johnsen-Neshati is Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she has taught and directed since 1993. For many years, she also served as Dramaturg/Artistic Associate for Theater of the First Amendment, where she focused on new play development. Kristin is a translator, critic and freelance theater writer. Most recently, she co-wrote and co-directed with David Gaines an original stage adaptation of three of Nikolai Gogol's most popular tales, entitled GOGOL'S NOSE, created in collaboration with guest scenographer Vladimir Shpitalnik and the Mason Players. Kristin has translated four of Chekhov's major plays, which have been produced throughout the country, and worked at the Yale Rep, Goodman Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. Awards include a Fulbright research grant to interview Egyptian independent theaters artists, a Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, a KC/ACTF Criticism Faculty Fellowship to the Critics Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, George Mason's Fenwick Fellowship, and the Yale School of Drama's Kenneth Tynan Prize for dramaturgy and dramatic criticism. Kristin 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 & 002 - Greeks Through Restoration
THR 197 002 - Literary Management
THR 359 001 - World Stages

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