Elizabeth Coen - Visiting Assistant Professor



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Elizabeth Coen received her PhD from the University of Washington in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. Her research examines the evolution of European theatrical traditions, German theatre history and criticism, performances of nation and the politics of national identity, dramaturgical theory as practice, and historiography.

During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, she will teach theatre history in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She will also support the Dept. of Theatre Arts as a dramaturge and advisor.

Dr. Coen’s current book project investigates the formation of European national identities in the eighteenth century and examines the promotion of dueling political interests in several German national theatres founded between 1767 and 1797. Her secondary area of research considers European and Ottoman cross-cultural exchange. She recently published an article in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism on baroque spectacle in the Ottoman and Austrian empires.

Before returning to school for her PhD, Dr. Coen worked as a dramaturge and arts administrator for several organizations in the New York metropolitan area and as a licensing associate for Samuel French, Inc. She has written for the Village Voice, OffOffOnline, and Norton Literature Online.

In support of her research, Dr. Coen received an international research fellowship from the Chester A. Fritz endowment and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She has shared her work at conferences for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), as well as the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).