Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, singer, actor, and director. His music, music-theater, and dance-theater pieces, including Slow Fire, The Idiot Variations, Romeo Sierra Tango, and Ravenshead, have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including Paul Dresher, Robert Woodruff, Margaret Jenkins, Terry Allen, and Steven Mackey. His latest recording is Story In Story Out, two narrative suites back to back (Intuition).
Kyle Gann, a composer, has been new-music critic for the Village Voice since 1986 and assistant professor of music at Bard College since 1997. His books include The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and American Music in the Twentieth Century (Schirmer, 1997), and his CD Custer’s Ghost was released in 1999 on the Monroe Street label.
Shawn-Marie Garrett teaches in the theater department at Barnard College, Columbia University. Currently she is working as a dramaturg on a new play by André Gregory, to be directed by Liz Sherman, and is writing a book about the drama of Suzan-Lori Parks.
Ben Katchor’s weekly comic strips Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer and The Cardboard Valise are nationally syndicated. He is a recipient of the Swann Foundation Award for excellence in cartoon caricature and art and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. His books include The Jew of New York, Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories, and The Beauty Supply District.
Dragan Klaić is director of the Theater Instituut Nederland in Amsterdam and professor of theater studies at the University of Amsterdam.
David Lang is cofounder and artistic codirector of Bang on a Can and composer-in-residence at the American Conservatory Theater. His commissions have included Grind to a Halt for the San Francisco Symphony, Modern Painters for the Santa Fe Opera, and International Business Machine for the Boston Symphony. Among his many awards are the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize, and a Bessie Award.
James Leverett’s writings about theater have appeared in many publications nationally and internationally. Currently he is on the faculty of the theater program of the School of the Arts at Columbia University and chair of the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. [End Page i]
Charles McNulty is literary manager of the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, and frequently writes about theater for the Village Voice. He also teaches in the undergraduate drama department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Meredith Monk, a pioneer in interdisciplinary performance and extended vocal technique, has created more than one hundred works in a career that spans more than thirty years. She has won numerous awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship.
Karen Remmler is associate professor of German studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her publications include works on memory in the writing of Walter Benjamin and Ingeborg Bachmann, Jewish life in present-day Germany, representation of the body in Holocaust narratives, Jewish women writers in Germany, and Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.
Marc Robinson is the editor of The Theater of Maria Irene Fornes and the author of The Other American Drama. He teaches at Yale College and the Yale School of Drama.
Erika Rundle is a student in the dramaturgy and dramatic criticism program at the Yale School of Drama. She is managing editor of Theater and a teaching fellow at Yale College.
Eric Salzman is the founder/director of New Image of Sound, Quog Music-Theater, the Free Music Store, and the American Music Theater Festival. His works include The Nude Paper Sermon, Foxes and Hedgehogs, and collaborations with Michael Sahl, including Civilization and Its Discontents, Stauf Noah, and The Passion of Simple Simon. His Last True Words of Dutch Schultz, with Valeria Vasilevski, toured Europe in 1997-98. His current projects include a commission from Chants Libres in Montreal (Abel Gance à New York) and a book on new music-theater from Oxford.
Scott Saul teaches American cultural history at Yale University. His reviews have appeared in the Boston Review, TLS, and other publications. He is currently completing a book entitled Freedom Is and Freedom Ain’t: Hard Bop and the...