Joseph Cermatori

A.B. cum laude, English and Theater, Princeton University (2005); M.F.A. Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale University (2008). Joseph Cermatori's research focuses on modern and contemporary drama in Western Europe and the United States. His dissertation, "Traditions of the Baroque: Modernist Stagings of a Concept Between Theory and Performance," charts the emergence of a baroque paradigm of modernist theater and philosophy between 1880 and 1930, accounting for ways in which modern thinkers repurposed the memory of the seventeenth-century past to fit modern aesthetic needs. His work seeks to combine dramaturgy, aesthetic theory, and intellectual history by bringing dramatists and philosophers—including Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Stéphane Mallarmé, Bertolt Brecht, and Walter Benjamin—into conversation around the subject of theatricality. He has published articles on opera and music-theater, Gertrude Stein, and performance as a model of research and pedagogy. His research has been supported financially with generous awards from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Foundation, and the Marion Posner Fellowship Fund. He is currently a lecturer in Theater at The New School, associate editor for the interdisciplinary arts journal PAJ, and has been a freelance arts critic for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Capital NY, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Academic Interests: 

comparative modernisms and avant-garde studies; early modern drama; aesthetic theory; theater and performance theory; historiography; media studies; queer studies; opera and music-theater; myth and secularization; interdisciplinary humanities