Robert Brustein, the former Dean of the Yale School of Drama, and the founding artistic director of both the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre, has joined the faculty of Suffolk University’s College of Arts and Sciences as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.
Brustein has been a professor of English and dramatic literature at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Universities and is the author of 15 books on theater and society, including Making Scenes, which recalls his experiences as Dean of the Yale Drama School, and The Theatre of Revolt, his landmark collection of essays on the modern theatre.
Brustein has supervised well over 200 productions at the American Repertory Theatre and has acted, directed, translated, and written adaptations for a number of them. He was the drama critic for The New Republic, has received two George Jean Nathan Awards for dramatic criticism, the 1995 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, the Pirandello Medal, and a medal from the Egyptian government for his contribution to world theatre. Mr. Brustein was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2002 and his papers were installed at Boston University in 2003.
As a Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Brustein will be enmeshed in the intellectual and social life of Suffolk University’s College of Arts and Sciences. On September 6-15, 2007, in association with The Vineyard Playhouse, the university will present the world premiere of his play, The English Channel, a comic and provocative imagining of Shakespeare’s coming of age as a playwright. This professional production will take place in Suffolk University’s C. Walsh Theatre.