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  • Profile:

    Victoria Abrash has an active interest in dramaturgy, theater history, theory, and dramatic literature. She has served as a dramaturg and collaborator in all forms of theater, from classical to contemporary to performance art and has written educational and program materials, theatrical adaptations, and more. She has worked at many leading theaters in New York and around the country, including the Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, the Public Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Lincoln Center Theater, the Acting Company, and others, and has an ongoing collaboration with the multi-disciplinary Ping Chong + Company, as well as a series of pop-up performances with director JoAnne Akalaitis, at Madison Square Park, The Jefferson Market Library, the PEN America Festival, the Public Theater, and elsewhere.  She is also actively engaged in the wider performing arts community, producing performing arts conferences and consulting for national service organizations, including, over the years, Theatre Communications Group, Chorus America, the League of American Orchestras, the National Performing Arts Convention, a coalition of national service organizations for the performing arts, Games for Change, and most recently the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals' annual APAP Conference.  She also keeps bees.

    Degrees Held:

    MFA Columbia University, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism
    BA Tufts University, Drama, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude

    Professional Affiliations:

    Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas, past president

    Recent Publications:

    “An Oral History of an Oral History,” Undesirable Elements by Ping Chong, TCG Press (2012).
    Secret Survivors Toolkit, Ping Chong + Company and the Ms. Foundation.
    Resource Guides, South Pacific, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing, and many others, Lincoln Center Theater.
    Interview with writer/director Ping Chong, East/West Quartet, TCG Publications.
    Interviewed in Directing Plays, Directing People, a Collaborative Art by Mary B. Robinson, Smith & Kraus Publishers.

    Research Interests:

    Documentary & Engaged Theater, Art & Science, Women in Theater, Dramaturgy, Theater History, world and American, Contemporary Theater Practice

    Current Courses:

    Doc. Theater for Social Impact (Spring 2020)

    Dramatic Masters (Spring 2019)

    Foundations of World Theater

    Mining NYC's Art History (Spring 2019)

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