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  • Cecilia Rubino

    Associate Professor, Program Director, and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Theater

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    rubinoc@newschool.edu

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    B - 65 West 11th Street

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    Cecilia Rubino

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    Theater demands that both the maker and the audience engage in the moment and in the imagination. And whether I’m directing Shakespeare, Chekhov, a devised piece or working with New School students at the ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ Theater & Education Afterschool Programs, I find the making of theater asks all of us to collaboratively grapple with impossible but real, essential & generative questions.

    Working in an array of disciplines as a writer, director, and collaborator -- my professional work and teaching have focused on -- theater as a medium for engaged dialogue; the “everyday practice of the actor”; taking on classics through a global lens (particularly Shakespeare); transformative arts education, and theater & environmental advocacy.

    I recently wrote and directed the documentary play Gage County NE with community members in Beatrice, Nebraska which is featured in each episode of HBO’s Mind Over Murder true-crime series directed by filmmaker Nanfu Wang.  The series has been nominated for multiple awards and the play Gage County NE is highlighted in numerous reviews including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Guardian and American Theater Magazine.

    I also directed the documentary film, Remembering Shakespeare, which explores new ways of thinking about memory and Shakespeare’s words in our digital age where memory itself is at risk  http://www.rememberingshakespearefilm.com/  My chapter, “If It Live In Your Memory” appears in The Whirlwind of Passion: New Critical Perspectives on William Shakespeare (Cambridge Scholar’s Press) I recently directed the short whimsical film Menstrual Rosary with a score by Stefania de Kenessey which has won citations and awards at an array of film festivals worldwide.

    I have written, devised, and directed theater pieces which have performed at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade and Bruno Walter Theaters, The New Victory @ 42nd Street, Jefferson Market Playhouse, the Washington Square Hotel, WNYC’s Jerome L Greene Performance Space, the New York & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. I wrote and directed FROM THE FIRE, which won three Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s UK/Music Theater Awards: Best Music, Best Production and Best New Musical and a WNET Public Television documentary of FROM THE FIRE was nominated for a NY Emmy award.  

    I am an Associate Professor of Theater at Lang College/The New School and am currently the director of the Lang College Theater Program which was named one of the top Civic Engagement and Social Justice theater programs in the US by American Theater Magazine. I also currently direct the Lang First Year Program and coordinate the ‘I Have a Dream’ Theater & Education Program. I previously was on the faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Studio and NYU’s Kanbar School for Film & Television. I received Lang College Faculty Advisor Excellence Award (2016) and the New School’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2018). I also received a Periclean Faculty Leadership Award and have served in the national Pericles Faculty Leadership cohort (2020-2022) and served as a mentor for the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence. I am currently a Lang College representative on the New School University Faculty Senate.

    Portfolio

    www.ceciliarubino.com
    www.rememberingshakespearefilm.com


    Degrees Held

    MFA, Yale School of Drama;
    BA, Magna cum laude, Williams College


    Professional Affiliation

    The Association for Theater in Higher Education
    The Dramatist Guild
    The Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Coalition
    Board Member of Piper Theater, Brooklyn


    Recent Publications

    RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    Rubino, Cecilia. “If It Live in Your Memory”  chapter in The Whirlwind of Passion: New Critical Perspectives on William Shakespeare. Cambridge Scholars’ Press 

    Rubino, Cecilia. Digital Theater DramaOnline Website: Article on the Theater practioner, Viola Spolin, the instigator of the American Improv Movement..  https://www.digitaltheatre.com/

    Rubino, Cecilia The Making of Remembering Shakespeare  Altre Modernità. Article p 169-186 DOI 10.13130/2035-7680/9196

    Rubino, Cecilia. “Anna Deveare Smith” in Twentieth-Century Dramatists, Volume 5. Bruccoli, Clark, Layman Publishers.

     

     

     


    Performances and Appearances

    CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

     

    Film, TV, Media

    MIND OVER MURDER:  2022

    Called the ‘the must-see true crime series of 2022’ MIND OVER MURDER, the six-episode HBO MAX series directed by the award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang features in each episode scenes of rehearsals and the production of the documentary theater piece, GAGE COUNTY NE, that I wrote and directed with community members in Nebraska about the infamous Beatrice Six Case which led to the largest group DNA exoneration in US history.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXPYl-R_oWY

     

    MENSTRUAL ROSARY:  Director 2021

    Directed the whimsical short film MENSTRUAL ROSARY with a score by Stefania de Kenessey and lyrics by Gender Studies Professor Chiara Bottici and Vanessa Place. In 2022, the short film won citations and awards at an array of film festivals worldwide including: the LGBTQ Unbordered Festival and an international Short Film Festivals that includes Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Milan. Also the Portland New Alternative Voices Festival; the Rotterdam Independent Film Festival; the San Francisco Indie Short Festival; the Madrid Arthouse Film Festival; and the Dublin World Film Festival.

    Remembering Shakespeare, Director 2019

    Directed the documentary film “Remembering Shakespeare” which explores new ways of thinking about memory and Shakespeare’s words in our digital age, where memory itself is at risk. In 2020, the film screened at The New Haven Film Festival, the American Shakespeare Center and at Cinema Nosso in Rio de Janeiro. See: www.rememberingshakespearefilm.com

                                

    Theater: Professional Directing, Writing and Devising

    Gage County NE  2021

    Beatrice Community Players, Nebraska: wrote and directed a documentary theater piece about the infamous Beatrice Six Case which led to the largest group DNA exoneration in US history. The play is featured with scenes of the rehearsals and production in each of the six episodes of the HBO MAX series -- MIND OVER MURDER directed by the award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang. The HBO MAX true crime six-part series MIND OVER MURDER began streaming in June/July, 2022.

    Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Hansberry in the Village  2020:

    Zoom production for New York Public Library.  https://vimeo.com/495429704  Password:  Hansberry

    Eugene O’Neill in the Village   2018.

    Directed a site-specific event about O’Neill’s work at the Washington Square Hotel.

    The Irene Fornes Marathon  2018.

    Directed Monologues from Selected Works of Fornes at the Public Theater for Marathon event.

    Lives of Tiresias   2018

    Jefferson Market Playhouse, New York NY. Co-wrote with David Richman and directed production.

    Uncle Vanya  2017

    Jefferson Market Playhouse, New York NY. Adapted and directed Chekhov’s play.

    Odets   2016

    Artslope Festival & Lucid Body Studio, New York NY. Conceived and directed a documentary theater piece that explores Clifford Odets’ creative process and work. With his plays written for The Group Theater in the 1930's, Odets reclaimed the theater as the medium of prophetic social outcry.

    Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde  2016

    Jefferson Market Playhouse, New York NY. Directed production with original music composed and performed by Joan La Barbara.

    Eco-Poets: Enviro Slammin’  2016

    The New Victory Theater @ 42nd Street, New York NY. LabWorks Artist Fellow 2015-2016. Developed a new piece with a trio of spoken word poets. Workshop Production performed at The New Victory at 42nd Street.

    Marina Tsvetaeva    2015

    Cornelia Street Café, New York NY. Curated and directed performance event honoring the poet.

    SLAM 103: Historical Remix 2015

    The Bruno Walter Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York NY.  Directed “SLAM 103: Historical Remix”, the third in a trilogy of pieces commissioned by Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist Series which explores different genres of poetry. Other pieces created in collaboration with three spoken word poets include “SLAM 101” and “SLAM 102: Verbal Velocity”.

    PERISTALSIS             2014

    New York Fringe Festival, New York NY. Directed production.

    Moliere Festival   2013

    WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York NY. Directed “The School for Husbands” and “The Imaginary Cuckold”.

    From the Fire  March 2013

    New York Tenement Museum, New York NY. Directed selections of “From the Fire” for event commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, moderated by the novelist Kevin Baker.

    The Shakespeare Marathon      2012

    WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York NY. Co-directed with producer Sarah Montague.

    From the Fire   2011

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. Wrote and directed From the Fire. Winner of the UK/Music Theater Awards: Best Music, Best Production and Best New Musical. Named an Edinburgh “Cultural Highlight of 2011” and “Pick of the Fringe” by The Scotsman. Reviewed by the BBC News, The London Times, The New York Times, The Scotsman, and The Guardian.

    Learn/Unlearn     2011

    WeDaPeople’s Cabaret, Harlem Stage, New York NY. Directed piece with youth poets and members of The Mighty Third Rail performance group for Harlem Stage Cabaret.

    In the Native State        2011

    “T is for Tom” Series, WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York NY. Stoppard Theater Works and A New Theater of Sound. 

    Mark Twain: Adventures in American Humor  2011 - 2014

    Roxy Regional Theater, Chattanooga TN. Wrote and directed Mark Twain: Adventures in American Humor. The piece also performed at libraries and schools in NYC and New England.

    From the Fire  2011

    The Times Center, New York NY. Directed a series of choral pieces from From the Fire with media for the Sydney Hillman Foundation’s Excellence in Journalism Awards Ceremony. The Sydney Hillman Foundation awarded a grant to have a documentary made of From the Fire for the Triangle Fire Archives at the Cornell University Library.

    From the Fire  2011

    Judson Memorial Church, New York NY. Wrote and directed the music theater piece with music by the award-winning composer, Liz Swados, which performed at the historic Judson Church for the centennial of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire with a cast of Lang students and industry professionals. The piece received exceptional coverage from The New York Times, The New Yorker, 60 Minutes, NY 1 TV, NPR , WNYC and WFMU Radio, The Jewish Daily Forward etc. A documentary about the Judson version of From the Fire by WNET’s Sunday Arts Program was nominated for a 2011 NY Emmy.  Choral pieces from  From The Fire were performed on March 25, 2011, outside the Ash/Brown Building and featured on CNN and news programs around the world.

    Theater: Directing, The New School

    Women’s Legacy at The New School   2019

    Co-created and directed performance event about women at the New School for the University’s Centennial. Tishman Auditorium, The New School.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7f48RAlBQs&feature=youtu.be

    Tar Sands Songbook

    Directed a workshop production of ‘Tanya Kalmanovitch's Tar Sands Songbook for the Curriculum Disruption/Climate Justice event with actors Peter Jay Fernandez and Jennifer Van Dyke. Directed initial workshop production of ‘Tar Sands Songbook’ at Ernst Stifel Concert Hall at The New School in October, 2017.

    16 BARS

    Co-Directed and produced 16 Bars a documentary theater piece conceived and created by court involved youth from the exalt youth program in Brooklyn to help foster awareness about the need of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State.  Versions of 16 Bars have been performed at fundraisers for exalt youth including a reading at Google NYC in Spring, 2018.

    Lang College, New School Productions

    New School University: Productions directed include: Laramie Project, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Fefu and Her Friends, Camino Real, The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, Three Sisters, The Exonerated, and America is in the Room. 


    Research Interests

    Interdisciplinary approaches to engaged theater
    The "Everyday Practice of the Actor"
    Shakespeare and the re-interrogation of classical drama
    Theater as a medium for advocacy and change
    Theater in Education and the connections between drama and literacy
    The history of acting practice and performance


    Awards And Honors

    Teaching Awards

    Distinguished Teaching Award, The New School, 2018

    Lang College Faculty Advisor Excellence Award, 2016

     

    University Awards and Grants

    Lang College Civic Liberal Arts Grant, Theater & Ecojustice Education                           2022

    Lang College Civic Liberal Arts Grant, Zoom Plays: Eco Justice Education                     2020

    TNS Centennial Performance Grant: Women’s Legacy at The New School                     2019

    Lang College Civic Liberal Arts Grant, Beyond Zero Tolerance                                         2017

    Civic Liberal Arts Collaboration Grant, Arts Advocacy & Youth in the System                   2016

    Social Innovation Grant, The New School, Health Class 2.0                                              2013

    Lang College, Civic Engagement & Social Justice Grant, IHD Theater                             2012

    Provost Event Grant, The New School, Open Air: The Future of Radio Theater           2010

     

    Foundation Support

    Pericles Foundation, Periclean Faculty Leadership Award                                               2020-22

    Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence                                                              2021-22

    Mellon Foundation, Civic Arts & Humanities, Theater of Social Action                                2015

    Mellon Foundation, Civic Arts & Humanities, Radical Citizenship: Sekou Sundiata            2014

    Artistic Production Grant, Foundation for Jewish Culture, Triangle: From the Fire            2011

    Artistic Production Grant, Sydney Hillman Foundation, From the Fire                                2011

     

    Artistic Awards

    Finalist in fifteen international and national short film Festivals, Menstrual Rosary            2022

    Best Music, Production & Best New Musical, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, From the Fire     2011

    PBS Documentary on From the Fire, Nominated for a NY Emmy                                       2011

    Gracie Award, American Women in Radio & TV, Best Local Drama, Fall of the City          2010

     


    Current Courses

    Acting Fundamentals
    LTHR 2050, Fall 2023

    First Year Seminar
    LNGC 1400, Fall 2023

    Ind Senior Project
    LINA 4990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    LTHR 3950, Fall 2023

    Past Courses

    Acting Fundamentals
    LTHR 2050, Spring 2023

    Acting Shakespeare
    LTHR 3055, Spring 2023

    Ind Senior Project
    LINA 4990, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    LTHR 3950, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Teaching & Learning Seminar
    LNGC 3000, Fall 2022

    Teaching Learning Seminar II
    LNGC 3001, Fall 2022

    Teaching Learning Seminar III
    LNGC 3002, Fall 2022

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