The Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Phone: (646) 312-4066
Susan Tenneriello (Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center) is Associate Professor of Theatre in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. She specializes in interdisciplinary studies with particular interest in the intersections of dance, theatre, visual art, and technology. Her work often focuses on spectacle entertainments and strategies of visual display in performance culture. She has published on such subjects as nineteenth-century theatre spectacles, the public dance spectacles of Ruth St. Denis, and the dance images of Edgar Degas. Her articles and performance criticism appear in Dance Chronicle, Performance Research, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, PSA: The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Theatre Journal, Women and Performance, and Slavic and East European Performance. She is the author of Spectacle Culture and American Identity: 1815-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), a study of the growth of immersive entertainments in U.S. history. Her current research examines the history and development of modern Olympic Opening Ceremonies from a performing arts perspective.
A playwright as well, she is an alumni of the Soho Rep’s 2008-2009 Writer/Director Lab. With the writer’s collective America-in-Play, she collaborated on several projects, including Fire Escape in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire and Exodus Code: Advice for Wanderers, inspired by the “Bintel Brief” letters in the Yiddish Forverts.
She regularly presents at national and international conferences, and is a member a numerous professional organizations. Among them: the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), and the Society for Dance History Scholars (SDHS). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pirandello Society of America. Recently, she traveled to Hyderabad, India, to present work on early twentieth-century Olympic culture.
Introduction to Theatre, Playwriting, Acting, Performing with New Media, and Theatre History are some of the courses she routinely teaches. She also teaches interdisciplinary seminars for the Honors Program and the Macaulay Honors College, such as a freshman seminar on the Arts in New York City. In fall 2015, she will teach a Dance Studies seminar for the Ph. D. Program in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center.