Three Carnegie Mellon Drama Professors
To Read From, Sign Copies of Their Books, Nov. 17
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama professors Janet M. Feindel, Michael M. Chemers and Wendy Arons will be reading from and signing copies of their respective books at the Carnegie Mellon bookstore at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17.
In May 2009, Janet Feindel released "The Thought Propels the Sound," a book outlining her successful approach to teaching vocal techniques to performers. Michael Chemers released "Staging Stigma: A Critical Examination of the American Freak Show" in November 2008 and co-authored a new translation of Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" earlier that year. Wendy Arons is the author of "Performance and Femininity in Eighteenth-Century German Women's Writing: The Impossible Act," which was published in 2006.
Feindel's career as a voice/text/dialect and Alexander specialist includes coaching alongside Cicely Berry on the critically acclaimed "The Merchant of Venice," starring Academy Award recipient F. Murray Abraham. She has coached at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Canadian Stage Company, the Shaw Festival and others, as well as film and television productions including the United States' "Queer as Folk." She holds a master's degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama, where she is also a tenured faculty member.
Chemers came to Carnegie Mellon in 2003 as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society and joined the School of Drama faculty in 2004. He is the founder and director of the school's undergraduate dramaturgy program. Chemers holds a Ph.D. in theatre history and theory from the University of Washington and a master's degree in playwriting from Indiana University.
Arons is an associate professor of dramatic literature. She previously 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. Arons is writing a second book that investigates performance practices associated with the agricultural sustainability movement. She is director of the performance and ecology public art initiative at Carnegie Mellon.