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Michael Y. Bennett is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he teaches courses in modern drama. He is the author of Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011); Words, Space, and the Audience (2012); and Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012). He is also the editor of Refiguring Oscar Wilde’s Salome (2011) and the co-editor of Eugene O’Neill’s One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (2012). Currently he is under contract to write The Cambridge Introduction to the Absurd.

Patrick Chura is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches courses in American literature. His recent book, Thoreau the Land Surveyor, won the College English Association of Ohio’s 2012 Dasher Award for literary scholarship. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Lithuania and is a two-time Fulbright lecturer, teaching in Lithuania in 2009 and in the UK in 2012.

Jeanine A. Defalco is a doctoral fellow in cognitive studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is working with Dr. Ryan S.J.d. Baker and the Army Research Lab on the effect of affect and explicit feedback on game-based learning and computer tutors. Her other research interests include embodied/grounded cognition and role-play, narrative disruption and creative problem solving, and drama as an epistemology for preservice teachers. She holds a master’s in educational theatre from NYU, a master’s in drama studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in history and theatre from C. W. Post, Long Island University. Jeanine is artistic director [End Page 280] of Falcon Repertory Company, a nonprofit theatre and film company in Connecticut. She completed a professional directing internship under Jon Jory at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Kurt Eisen is a professor of English and associate dean of arts and sciences at Tennessee Tech University, where he teaches courses in world literature and drama. He holds a PhD from Boston University and published his dissertation in 1994 as The Inner Strength of Opposites: O’Neill’s Novelistic Drama and the Melodramatic Imagination. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O’Neill and in journals such as Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, American Literature, Studies in the American Renaissance, South Central Review, among others, and in the Eugene O’Neill Review, of which he has been book editor since 2004. He is president of the Eugene O’Neill Society for 2012–13.

Elizabeth Fifer is a professor of English at Lehigh University, where she has been teaching contemporary world and American multicultural literature since 1973. She has published a book titled Rescued Readings: A Reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Difficult Texts (Wayne State University Press), and has published essays on world literature and American drama. She is currently working on the twentieth-century heirs of Scheherazade in literature by women and on the representation of marginalized communities in fiction.

Glenda E. Gill is a professor emerita of drama at Michigan Technological University, living in active retirement in Huntsville, Alabama. She is the author of White Grease Paint on Black Performers: A Study of the Federal Theatre, 1935–1939 (Peter Lang, 1988) and No Surrender! No Retreat! African-American Pioneer Performers of Twentieth-Century American Theater (St. Martin’s, 2000), as well as numerous articles in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, African-American Review, Eugene O’Neill Review, and The Drama Review. She has interviewed a number of personalities in theater, including Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones.

Eileen J. Herrmann, recipient of three Fulbright awards, has lectured as an associate adjunct professor at Dominican University of California and as a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has taught at the University of California at Davis, San Francisco State University, Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), and Jagellonian University (Krakow, Poland). Author of several articles on the theater of [End Page 281] Eugene O’Neill, she is the co-editor (with Robert M. Dowling) of Eugene O’Neill and His Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives and the Avant Garde. Dr. Herrmann serves on the boards of...


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