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Debra Caplan

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Debra Caplan is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Baruch College where she teaches world drama, performance studies, Jewish studies, immigration studies, and translation and adaptation. She is available to comment on:

  • Yiddish theater, film, and literature
  • Data visualization
  • Mapping data
  • Digital presentations

Caplan is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Yiddish Empire: Jews, Theater, and the Aesthetics of Itinerancy. She has published articles on Yiddish theater in Comparative Drama and New England Theater Journal, and has forthcoming articles in several volumes in press.

She is developing the Digital Yiddish Theater Project, a born-digital resource on Yiddish theater history, in collaboration with 13 scholars and librarians from around the world, and is beginning preliminary research on the untold theatrical histories of Jewish women.

Dr. Caplan received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Jewish Studies and Theater, and a Ph. D. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University.

She is fluent in Yiddish.


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