Thomas Bernhard, playwright, poet, and novelist, was born in Holland in 1931 and died in Austria in 1989. His plays include A Party for Boris, The Ignoramus and the Madman, The Force of Habit, The President, Eve of Retirement, The Hunting Party, Appearances Are Deceiving, and Histrionics. His many novels and prose works include Woodcutters, Concrete, Gargoyles, The Limeworks, Gathering Evidence, and Wittgenstein’s Nephew. Throughout his lifetime he was awarded major literary prizes, including the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Georg Büchner Prize, the Bremen Prize, and Le Prix Séguier.
Liz Diamond is resident director at the Yale Repertory Theatre and teaches at the Yale School of Drama. Her productions have won Obie Awards and Connecticut Critics’ Circle Awards for outstanding direction, performance, and design.
Harley Erdman, assistant professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of Staging the Jew, published in 1997 by Rutgers University Press. He currently serves as the editor of Theatre Topics.
Gitta Honegger has translated the plays of Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, Peter Handke, Marieluise Fleisser, and Elias Canetti, among others. Her book Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian is scheduled for publication by Yale University Press in the fall of 2000. She is chair of the Department of Drama at the Catholic University of America.
Charles Mcnulty is the literary manager of the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, and frequently writes about theater for the Village Voice.
Gordon Rogoff is a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. He is the author of Theatre Is Not Safe (Northwestern University Press, 1987) and is the codirector, with Morton Lichter, of Exiles Theatre, a theater-training summer program based in Ireland. His new volume of essays and criticism, titled Vanishing Acts, is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
Rebecca Ann Rugg is a student in the dramaturgy and dramatic criticism program at the Yale School of Drama.
Paul Schmidt, translator, librettist, poet, scholar, actor, and teacher, was born in 1934 and died in February 1999. Among his many translations are The Plays of Anton Chekhov (HarperCollins), Arthur Rimbaud: Complete Works (Harper and Row), and The Collected Works of Velemir Klebnikov (Harvard University Press). He performed in numerous off-Broadway and regional productions, edited and translated the anthology Meyerhold at Work (University of Texas Press), and wrote two volumes of poetry, Night Life and Winter Solstice (Painted Leaf Press). He taught at the Yale School of Drama and was a frequent contributor to Theater.
Tom Sellar is associate editor of Theater. He has contributed to TheatreForum, P-Form, the New Novel Review, and other publications.
Jonathan Shandell is a student in the dramaturgy and dramatic criticism program at the Yale School of Drama.
Catherine Sheehy is the resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre and an assistant professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. Formerly, she was an associate editor of American Theatre and the managing editor of Theater.
Biljana Srbljanovic is a Serbian playwright living in Belgrade. Her first play, The Belgrade Trilogy, was a critical success in Europe. Family Stories, her second play, was first performed at the Atelje 212 Theatre in Belgrade in 1998, as well as at the Novi Sad Theatre Festival, where it won the award for best new play.
Holger Teschke writes, translates, and directs theater in Berlin and South Hadley, Massachusetts. In addition to his own plays and radio plays, he has also directed plays by Müller, Büchner, Lenz, Beckett, and Christoph Hein. As chief dramaturg at the Berliner Ensemble, Teschke has worked with Heiner Müller, Peter Palitzsch, and Robert Wilson.
Claudia Wilsch is a student in the dramaturgy and dramatic criticism program At the Yale School of Drama.