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Jessica Brater

Assistant Professor (10M), Theatre and Dance

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Dr. Brater comes to MSU from the University of New Haven, where she served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Theater Program Coordinator, and Assistant Dean. Her book, RUTH MALECZECH AT MABOU MINES: WOMAN'S WORK, was published by Methuen Drama in 2016. Chapters on Mabou Mines appear in two forthcoming anthologies on collective creation from Palgrave Macmillan. Other writing has appeared in publications including AUJOURD'HUI/SAMUEL BECKETT TODAY and THEATRE JOURNAL. Brater’s research aims to bring attention to art and artists who have been underrepresented historically in theatre criticism and onstage.

Brater is the founding Artistic Director of Polybe + Seats ( Over the company’s fifteen-year history, they have partnered with other Brooklyn cultural organizations including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, and the Old Stone House to create socially engaged work. With Polybe + Seats, Brater is directing Sarah Badiyah Sakaan’s THE ART OF HIJAB, KOHL BLACK, AND THE RIGHT WAY TO PRAY, a new play that explores Muslim feminist identity. Following a 2014-16 residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Polybe has a Creative Space grant from ART/NY to develop the project and has partnered with the Arab American Association of New York to present a full production.

Brater’s teaching encourages students to map connections between theater literature, history, and theory and their own stage practice, challenging them to excel both intellectually and creatively and to examine connections between the performative and the political.