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Jan Cohen-Cruz

Jan Cohen-Cruz is editor of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She directed Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (2007-12), and for 28 years before that, was a professor at NYU, directing a minor in applied theatre and initiating socially-engaged projects and courses. She wrote Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response and Local Acts: Community‑Based Performance in the US. She edited Radical Street Performance and co‑edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion. Jan is a University Professor at Syracuse University. In 2012, she received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement.

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Beyond the “Other”
Essay

Beyond the “Other”

Seeking Commonality in a Divided World

31 October 2019

Jan Cohen-Cruz looks at how collaborative art-making can help bridge the divide between groups of people with different identities.

Must you be of a certain political stripe to do community-based theater?
Essay

Must you be of a certain political stripe to do community-based theater?

4 September 2013

Jan Cohen-Cruz responds to Daniel Jones' post: can anyone from any political background produce theater? The answer is yes... if you look at the many different forms that theater can take.