Wendy Arons-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Wendy Arons

Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature, College of Fine Arts

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.8732


Wendy Arons joined the faculty of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University as Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature in 2007. Previous to that time she taught at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Her research interests include performance and ecology, 18th- and 19th-century theatre history, feminist theatre, and performance and ethnography. She is author of Performance and Femininity in Eighteenth-Century German Woman's Writing:  The Impossible Act (Palgrave MacMillan 2006), and has published articles in Theatre Topics, The German Quarterly, Communications from the International Brecht Society, 1650-1850, Text and Presentation, and Theatre Journal, as well as chapters in a number of anthologies. She has worked as a professional dramaturg with a number of leading directors, including Anne Bogart and Robert Falls, and has translated a number of plays from German into English, including The Good Person of Sezuan in collaboration with Tony Kushner. She recently guest edited a special issue of Theatre Topics on "Performance and Ecology," and is currently writing a second book that investigates performance practices associated with the agricultural sustainability movement, entitled Simple Acts: Performance and Sustainability. Arons also has a chapter, "Beyond the Nature/Culture Divide: Challenges from Ecocriticism & Evolutionary Biology for Theatre Historiography," forthcoming in the anthology Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions ed. Henry Bial and Scott Magelssen. She is currently Director of the Performance and Ecology Public Art Initiative at CMU and is curating the Pittsburgh Eco-Drama Festival in Fall 2009 as part of that initiative. Professor Arons also serves as Secretary of the American Society for Theatre Research.