The Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Phone: (646) 312-4066
Susan Tenneriello (PhD CUNY Graduate Center) is assistant professor of theatre at Baruch. A theatre/dance historian, she has studied the Asian influences on the dance dramas of the early twentieth-century American dancer Ruth St. Denis, and continues to explore interdisciplinary interests in theater, dance and visual art. She is also active developing performance-based oral communication methodology for the classroom. She regularly presents at national and international conferences. Recently, she participated at an interdisciplinary conference on nineteenth-century popular culture and amusements in Exeter, UK.
She is a member of several organizations, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, the Society for Dance History Scholars, the Modern Language Association, and the Popular Culture Association of America. Among her professional activities, she has lectured on Edgar Degas’s dance images at the Art Students League of New York and has co-convened seminars on global culture (Cultural Studies Association of America annual conference) and the uncharted subject of panorama (ASTR annual conference). She served as secretary of the Pirandello Society of America from 2007 to 2009 and is currently associate editor of the society’s journal PSA.
Her current book project explores the emergence and role of spectacle entertainments and industries in American culture. Recent publications stemming from this research appear in Performance Research and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. She is preparing forthcoming articles on nineteenth-century American landscape panoramas and the use of interactive media on the contemporary stage. Her performance criticism appears in Theatre Journal, Women and Performance, Slavic and East European Performance, and PSA, The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America.
An active playwright as well, she is a member of the Soho Rep’s 2008-2009 Writer/Director Lab, where she developed the full length play Mirage. Along with her comedy Banana and Booh in “Security” presented at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó, NYU in 2008, commissioned pieces by America-in-Play have appeared in annual work-in-show spring festivals at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.