B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Yael Prizant is a professor, theatrical translator, adapter, and dramaturg. Before the academy, she worked as a production dramaturg for several small but vibrant theatre companies in Los Angeles, including Company of Angels and The Actor’s Gang. She has translated works by Cuban playwright Abel Gonzalez Melo, including Chamaco, Nevada and Talco and her adaptations include versions of The Firebugs by Max Frisch and The Suede Jacket by Stanislav Stratiev. Her upcoming book Cuba Inside Out: Revolution and Contemporary Theatre (Southern Illinois University Press, December 2013) investigates the effects of revolution and globalization on questions of identity. She teaches dramatic literature and critical studies, including courses on Latin American Drama and Musical Theatre. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from UCLA (2007) and her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from UMASS, Amherst (2000) and is currently working on a book about Cuban director Alberto Sarraín and Cuban theatre history.