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April 29, 2018 - Edna Nahshon

Dr. Edna NahshonEDNA NAHSHON
Professor of Jewish Theater and Drama
Jewish Theological Seminary

BA, Tel Aviv University; PhD, New York University

Dr. Edna Nahshon is professor of Theater and Drama at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Most recently she curated the exhibition "New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway" for the Museum of the City of New York (March 7-August 14,2016). The exhibition was accompanied by a book of the same title, edited by Dr. Nahshon, published by Columbia University Press. In 2013 she served as producer and dramaturg of JTS's milestone production Bratslav-Beethoven-Bratslav, directed by Yossi Yizraely. 

Dr. Nahshon's specialty is the intersection of Jewishness, theater, and performance. She is the editor of (and a contributor to) the volumes Jewish Theatre: A Global View (Brill Academic Publishers, 2009) and Jews and Theater in an Intercultural Context (Brill Academic Publishers, 2012). In 2003, she was guest editor of a special issue of American Jewish History (91:1) devoted to the theme of "Jews and Performance," which included her essay "The Pulpit and the Stage: Rabbi Joseph Silverman and the Actors' Church Alliance." Dr. Nahshon's forthcoming book is titled Wrestling with Shylock: Jewish Responses to "The Merchant of Venice" (Cambridge University Press, 2016/17).

From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot (Wayne State University Press, 2005) was honored by the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Committee of the Association for Jewish Studies as a 2009 Notable Selection in the category of Jews and the Arts. Jews and Shoes (Berg, 2008) has received numerous write-ups in publications such as History TodayMuseum AnthropologyBookForumShofar, and Ha'aretz. Dr. Nahshon's work was also cited in the The Boston GlobeThe New York Times, and The Economist.