Theater 34.1 (2004) vi, 1-2
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Dean/Artistic Director, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre
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Joseph Chaikin. Photo: Gomer/Heller Productions
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Erika Munk took over the editorship of Theater magazine more than ten years ago. Her passion for theater as an art and an agent for political change and awakening social responsibility, her belief in the power of the word, and her superb editorial judgment are everywhere reflected in its pages.
Under Erika's stewardship, the magazine has been reimagined with an award-winning new design and format and rededicated to a discerning general readership, employing a style that communicates scholarship without academic jargon. She reorganized the editorial structure of the magazine, involving nationally and internationally recognized artists and critics as contributing editors; she gave graduate students at the Yale School of Drama more responsibility for the journal's contents and placed the magazine with an outside publisher for more pleasing design, better distribution, and the possibility of reaching a wider readership.
After a great run, Erika has decided to resign her position as editor. Her work has greatly served the magazine and the field, and I am pleased to note that her distinguished record has been appropriately recognized with the 2003 Obie Award she received for lifetime achievement in publishing. We are deeply grateful for her contributions, and we wish her both joy and success in her new ventures.
I am delighted to announce Tom Sellar as the new editor of Theater. A gifted critic and arts journalist and a frequent contributor to the Village Voice and American Theatre, as well as to this publication, Tom is uniquely poised to build on Theater's legacy and keep the magazine at the forefront of the field. He served as managing editor from 1995 to 1997, as associate editor from 1998 to 2000, and as contributing editor from 2000 to the present. His emergence as the magazine's new leader lends testament first [End Page 1] to his talent and hard work, and then to the magazine's excellence over the last eleven years in its dual, vital roles: as a professional journal and as a training ground for professionals in journalism.
Special thanks are due to Erika Rundle, the magazine's outgoing associate editor, whose hard work facilitated this transition. With this interim issue, we present three classic dramas in bold new translations, accompanied by commentary from the artists creating them.
I look forward to sharing the rigorous inquiry, joyous discovery, and excellent writing of Theater with you in this period of continuity and change, and I thank you for your participation in our work.
James Bundy is dean of the Yale School of Drama and artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theatre. He has served as managing director of Cornerstone Theater Company, associate producing director of the Acting Company, and artistic director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. His most recent article, "On the Training Ground," appeared in the May-June 2003 issue of American Theatre.