Seth Baumrin

Seth Baumrin

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PhD - CUNY Graduate Center

MPhil - CUNY Graduate Center

MFA - Brooklyn College

BA - Hunter College



Seth Baumrin, Chairperson of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is a director, theatre historian, and author of “Ketmanship in Opole: Jerzy Grotowski and the Price of Free Expression” in The Drama Review Winter 2009; as well as “Les Kurbas Theatre, Lviv, 2008” in Slavic and Eastern European Performance, Spring, 2009; “Anarcho-Radical Roots—Opole to Oslo to Holstebro 1959-69; Eugenio Barba’s Early Experimental Theatre as Intervention” in Vectors of the Radical: Textual Exchange, Global Radicalism, and the 60s. Baumrin’s book, Jerzy Grotowski and the Secret Police: Poor Theatre and Party Politics is due for publication this year, and he is at work on The Assassination of Les Kurbas: State Sanctioned Murder of a Generation of Twentieth Century Ukrainian Theatre Artists. Baumrin serves as the literary director for A Laboratory for Actor Training, e.t.c. in Brooklyn and also produces events for the Art of Justice Series at John Jay College, most recently SKRIP Orkestra from Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia and a new drama by Jeton Neziraj’s of Prishtina, Kosovo, The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower. Baumrin has also directed over sixty theatre and opera productions, including Il Furioso (a dual language production of Aeschylus’ Furies), 2009; Darius Milhaud’s Medée, 2005; Federico Garcia Lorca’s As Five Years Pass, 2002; Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream for the Chamizal Festival in Juarez Mexico, 1998; and Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding, for Five Moon Theatre on Martha’s Vineyard in 1983.


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