Cobina Gillitt, Ph.D

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Cobina Gillitt, Ph.D. is a freelance dramaturg, translator and scholar based in New York City. 

Her recent dramaturgy projects include
My Heart is in the East by Jessica Litwak May 15-17, 2015 at La Mama and The Golem: A Horror Opera co-conceived with Liz Swados and composed by Liz Swados. Oct. 1-10, 2015. Other dramaturgy credits include Clive by Jonathan Marc Sherman (a retelling of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal) directed by Ethan Hawke at The New Group, Spring Awakening book and lyrics by Steven Sater directed by Kenneth Noel Mitchell, at Tisch Drama Stageworks, Myself is in Pieces by Kate Maracle, reading directed by Erica Gould at Peter J Sharpe Theatre, and Dirty Paki Lingerie by Aizzah Fatima, directed by Erica Gould, at The Flea in New York City. 

She is a translator of Indonesian plays into English, several of which are published in
Islands of Imagination I: Modern Indonesian Drama (University of Hawaii Press, 2015) and The Lontar Anthology of Indonesia Drama Vol 3: 1965-1998 (Lontar, 2010). She also edited these anthologies and wrote the introductions. more info…

Dr. Gillitt is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her areas of scholarship and teaching include dramaturgy & translation, Asian theatre and performance theory, American and European 20th century avant-garde theatre theory, history, and practice, and adapting literature for performance. She previously taught theatre studies in the Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

She has been a member of Jakarta-based Teater Mandiri since 1988, performing and holding workshops in Indonesia and internationally.

She is also an active member of the PEN Translation Committee where, for three years, co-curated and moderated panels on translation for the stage at The Lark Play Development Center for their annual hotINK Festival of international play readings. She is also involved with the New York City chapter of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

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