Bonnie Marranca, professor of Theater at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, was given the Award for Excellence in Editing by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, at this year’s ATHE convention, which was held in August at the Palmer House in Chicago. She was cited for the many anthologies she has edited, and for her work as editor of PAJ: Performance/Art Journal, soon to publish its 100th issue celebrating its 35th year of publishing.
PAJ is admired internationally for its independent critical thought and cutting-edge explorations. It charts new directions in performance, video, drama, dance, installations, media, film, music, integrating theater and the visual arts. Artists’ writings, critical commentary, interviews, and a special review section for performances and gallery shows are highlighted, along with plays and performance texts from around the world. New features include Performance Drawings portfolios and the ongoing series Art, Spirituality, and Religion.
At Lang, Bonnie Marranca curates the ART WORK series, now in its fifth year. The series hosts innovative artists who speak about the artistic process. Previous guests have included the celebrated composer, performer, and filmmaker Meredith Monk; Joseph Diebes, whose work fuses visual art, music, and performance; celebrated choreographers/dancers Eiko & Koma; transmission arts pioneers, Galen Joseph-Hunter and Tom Roe of Wave Farm; distinguished artistic director Anne Bogart; and widely admired playwright Erik Ehn. This semester’s ART WORK talks include Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater on October 25, and John Kelly, the critically acclaimed performance and visual artist, on November 15.
Professor Marranca has edited five collections of plays, and several anthologies of essays. Her most recent book is New Europe: Plays from the Continent.