A theatre artist and scholar, Julia Listengarten has worked professionally in New York City with various experimental theatre companies and is currently Professor of Theatre, Artistic Director, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include avant-garde theatre, contemporary scenographic practice, and performances of national identity. Her translation of Christmas at the Ivanovs' (with Karin Coonrod) premiered off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and was included in Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950. Among her directing credits are Bernarda Alba, Seminar,Cloud 9, Marisol, Eurydice,TheBurial at Thebes, Gem of the Ocean, Vinegar Tom, and The Baltimore Waltz, and she is the recipient of many meritorious achievement awards in directing from the Kennedy Center.
Her books include Russian Tragifarce: Its Cultural and Political Roots (Susquehanna UP, 2000), Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000 (with Knopf; Yale UP, 2011), Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice
(with Alrutz and Wood; Palgrave, 2012), and Modern American Drama: Playwriting 2000-2009, Voices, Documents, New Interpretations ( with Rosenthal; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). She has contributed to many edited theatre
collections and her articles have been published in Recherches Semiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry, SCENE,
Translation Perspectives, Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance,
and Slavic and East European Performance,
among others. She has recently co-edited
the 8 volume series Decades of Modern
American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009 and is currently editor
of Stanislavski Studies: Practice, Legacy
and Contemporary Theater journal.
Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from University of Michigan (1996)
(with Cindy Rosenthal) Decades of Modern American Playwriting: the 2000s; Voices, Documents,
New Interpretations. Methuen Drama.
Decades of Modern American Playwriting: 1930-2009. 8 volume series. Co-edited with Brenda Murphy. Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury
(with Lyubov Zabolotskaya Weidner), "Vasiliev
Methodology: Situational and Ludo Structures.” In Stanislavski
Studies: Practice, Legacy and Contemporary Theater. 5.1:
"Russian Stage Design and Theatrical Avant-Garde.” Scenography. Ed. Arnold Aronson. Routledge, 385-401.
“Puppets, Kites, and the Swirling Waters: Convergent Boundaries in a Site-Specific
Performance.” SCENE 5:2.