Rosa Schneider

Rosa is a doctoral candidate in the Subcommittee on Theatre in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her dissertation entitled "Race And Performative Historiography in The American Theatre, 1975-2014" traces the emergence of a new genre of history play. Examining performances of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner, Luis Valdez, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Jackie Sibblies Drury, “Making History” argues that these playwrights developed new meta-theatrical techniques of representing race and American history on stage. She has an article forthcoming in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre (Fall 2018), and has been published on Howlround. She has presented at the American Society for Theatre Research.

At Columbia, she was the recipient of an Archival Research Grant in 2017 to conduct research at UCLA and the Mark Taper Forum. While at Columbia, she has taught extensively, in University Writing, Literary Texts, Critical Methods, and now serves as a Preceptor in Literature Humanities. Rosa is committed to joining her academic and practical practice, and she serves as the Co-Artistic Director of Strange Harbor, an experimental theatre company in Brooklyn, where she works as a dramaturg, director, and producer.

Rosa received an M.Phil. and M.A. in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia (2015, 2013), and a B.A in English from Reed College (2010).

Academic Interests:

American and Anglophone Caribbean drama; performance of history and historiography; theatre and nation formation; political theatre and dramaturgy; documentary theatre; meta-theatricality and cultural memory and embodiment.