Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. In the past he has served as the Weinstein Gold Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguished Visitor at Claremont-McKenna College, the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College for 1999–2000 and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.
He was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica that reworked, transformed, improved, broadened and deepened, the now classic 1972 work and consists of 22 volumes, sixteen million words with 25,000 individual contributions to Jewish knowledge. The EJ won the prestigious Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the Outstanding Reference Work of 2006.
For the three years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1988–93 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He also served as Director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, Opinion Page Editor of the Washington Jewish Week and Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President. He has previously taught at Wesleyan University, Yale University and has served as a visiting professor at three of the major Washington area universities — George Washington University, The University of Maryland, and American University.
Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. Of his book, After Tragedy and Triumph, Raul Hilberg said, “All those who want to read only one book about the condition of Jewry in 1990 would do well to choose Michael Berenbaum… In his description of contemporary Jewish thought, he sacrifices neither complexity nor lucidity.” Charles Silberman praised The World Must Know as “a majestic and profoundly moving history of the Holocaust…It is must reading for anyone who would like to be human in the post Holocaust world.” The Village Voice praised Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp with, “The scholarship, broad and deep, makes this the definitive book on one of our century’s defining horrors.”
His most recent books include: Not Your Father’s Antisemitism, A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors and After the Passion Has Passed: American Religious Consequences, a collection of essays on Jews, Judaism and Christianity, Relgious Tolerance and Pluralism occasioned by the controversy that swirled around Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion. Johns Hopkins University Press has recently published a second edition of The World Must Know. He is also the editor of Murder Most Merciful: Essays on the Moral Conundrum Occasioned by Sigi Ziering The Trial of Herbert Bierhoff.
Among his other works are A Mosaic of Victims: Non Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis, The Vision of the Void: Theological Reflections on the Works of Elie Wiesel, and Witness to the Holocaust: An Illustrated Documentary History of the Holocaust in the Words of Its Victims, Perpetrators, and Bystanders. He was co-editor on several works, including The Holocaust: Religious and Philosophical Implications (with John Roth), The Holocaust and History: The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed and the Reexamined (with Abraham Peck), and most recently, The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It? (with Michael Neufeld). He is the author of A Promise to Remember co-editor of Martyrdom: The History of an Idea.
In film, his work as Co-Producer of One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story was recognized with an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and the Cable Ace Award. He was the historical consultant on The Shoah Foundation’s Documentary, The Last Days that won an Academy Award for the best feature-length documentary of 1998.
Over the past several years, Berenbaum was a historical consultant or chief historical consultant for:
- HBO’s Conspiracy, recently nominated for 10 Emmy awards,
- NBC’s Uprising
- The History Channel’s The Holocaust: The Untold Story, which won the CINE Golden Eagle Award and a Silver Medal at the US International Film and Video Festival.
- About Face, a film on German Jewish refugees who fought for the Allies During World War II.
He was the executive producer, writer, and historian for a film entitled Desperate Hours on the Holocaust in Turkey, which was broadcast on Public Television in the fall and is a consultant and interviewee on several broadcasts, most recently, Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, which was broadcast on the BBC in England and on AMC in the United States. He was Executive Producer of Swimming in Auschwitz, the story of 6 women Holocaust survivors, which appeared on PBS in the spring of 2009. He also was the commentator for the National Geographic’s Master’s of Death and Scrapbook from Hell two documentaries, the first on the Einsatzgruppen, the Mobile Killing Units, and the second on the Auschwitz album of the perpetrators.
Berenbaum was the conceptual developer on the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center that recently opened in Skokie, and played a similar function as conceptual developer and chief curator of the Belzec Memorial at the site of the Death Camp. He is currently at work on the Memorial Museum to Macedonia Jewry in Skopje.
For his work in journalism, he won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times in three different categories during a two-year period. He has been featured on Nightline and the Today Show as well as National Public Television.
Berenbaum takes special pleasure in his work as a teacher. His course at Georgetown was named by the student newspaper as one of the ten most important courses in the University. Among his former students was the famed American entertainer, Pearl Bailey, who wrote of Berenbaum: “The wisdom I gained from his class is priceless. He is young, aggressive, tough, wise as some sages of yore, and as brilliant as a diamond. When class ended, you felt filled, drained, and filled again.” (Pearl Bailey, Between You and Me)
Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (BA, 1967) and Florida State University (Ph.D., 1975), and also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University. He has won numerous fellowships including the Danforth Fellowship, the George Wise Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, and the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship at FSU. Berenbaum was an elected fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He was given a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Nazareth College in 1995 and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Denison University
He is married to Melissa Patack Berenbaum, who is the Vice-President and General Manager of the Motion Picture Association of America, California Group. He is the father of four children: Ilana, a Brown University honors graduate, who was ordained as a Rabbi by the University of Judaism in May 2001 and is working on her Ph.D. in Midrash as UCLA; Lev, who graduated from Georgetown University and is a Washington-based businessman; Joshua, born in December 1998; and Mira, born in May, 2000.
Doug Reside joined NYPL in 2011 as digital curator for the performing arts. In his current position, he manages all aspects of the Theatre Division’s collections and public services. Prior to joining NYPL, Reside served on the staff of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. He has published and spoken on topics related to theater history, literature, and digital humanities, and has managed several large grant-funded projects on these topics. Reside is especially interested in the use of digital forensic tools to study the creative process. He received a PhD in English from the University of Kentucky
Janet E. Rubin, Ph.D. is a respected scholar, theatrical director, teacher, consultant, and arts educator. She currently teaches for the Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, and Speech Departments at Eastern Florida State College. In addition to teaching and directing at EFSC, Janet also directs for Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach, Florida, oversees their youth theatre program, and serves on their board. Rubin has authored or contributed to ten books, published numerous articles, and received funding for various research projects. She frequently presents her work at conferences around the world. She has served as Educator in Residence at the University of Mysore (India) and at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Victoria, Australia). She has served as President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, a national professional organization for theatre educators and artists. As a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rubin engaged in research which resulted in publications on using drama to teach about the Holocaust. Her books include Teaching About the Holocaust Through Drama and Voices: Plays for Studying the Holocaust, along with the co-authored books, Images from the Holocaust and Learning About the Holocaust: Literature and Other Resources for Young People.
Formerly, Janet taught at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where, during her twenty-seven year career, she was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Earl L.Warrick Award for Excellence in Research, the Rush Distinguished Lectureship, and the Barstow Humanities Seminar Directorship. Among many professional endeavors, she has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan arts and humanities councils. Dr. Rubin received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
Theodore Bikel (Playwright and Performer) has been an American citizen since 1961. He was born in Vienna in 1924 and left for Israel (then Palestine) at the age of 13. In 1946, he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated with honors. He appeared in several West End plays including A Streetcar Named Desire under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier and The Love of Four Colonels by Peter Ustinov. In the U.S. his roster of memorable stage performances includes Tonight in Samarkand, The Rope Dancers, The Lark, The Sound of Music (in which he created the role of Baron von Trapp), I Do I Do, The Sunshine Boys, My Fair Lady, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, Etc., Zorba and Fiddler on the Roof, in which he has played the role of Tevye more than 2,000 times over the past 37 years. Theodore Bikel has made more than 35 films, amongst which are The African Queen, The Enemy Below, The Russians are Coming, My Fair Lady, I Want to Live and The Defiant Ones, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Mr. Bikel has also starred in virtually every top dramatic show on TV and received an Emmy Award in 1988. He is also an accomplished concert artist and raconteur, giving numerous concerts and lectures each year, including his most recent appearances at the Jewish Music Festival in Cracow, Poland. He has recorded 20 albums, two in the last two years. Theodore Bikel has been active for many years in Actors’ Equity Association, serving from 1973 to 1982 as Vice President and as President. He also held the post of Vice President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) from 1981 until 1991. He is currently President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4A’s), a Board Member of the Americans for the Arts (formerly ACA) and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to serve a five-year term on the National Council for the Arts. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Hartford, Seton Hall and the Hebrew Union College. His updated autobiography Theo, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Throughout his career, Theo Bikel has felt a particular responsibility to Jewish life and to the Jewish community. His numerous albums of Jewish folk music, his concerts and theater performances; his co-founding of Israel’s Cameri Theatre; his leadership in the Soviet Jewry movement and in the American Jewish Congress have distinguished him as a Jewish activist. Theo’s profound impact on Jewish culture is also evidenced by his leading role within the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. He is passionate about the survival of the Yiddish language and devotes much energy to insure its continued existence on the Jewish cultural scene.
Mr. Bikel’s latest accomplishment is as author and star of Sholom Aleichem: Laughter through Tears (www.laughterthroughtears.org) which has been performed in Washington, D.C., South Florida, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The production has now been adapted and transformed into a film starring Mr. Bikel.
Professor Emeritus of History, City University of New York
President, Association of Holocaust Organizations 1988-present
Member, United States Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
• (Chairman, Education Working Group 2002)
• (Co- Chairman, Education Working Group 2008)
• (Chairman, EWG Sub-Committee on “Special Challenges in Holocaust Education” 2009-preseent
• Chairman, IHRA Web Directory Editorial Board
• Member, Standing Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial
• Editor, IHRA Web Directory
Member Advisory Board, National Jewish Theater Foundation/Holocaust Theater Archive
Member, Editorial Board, Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators
Member, Panel of Judges, National Jewish Book Awards 1988- present
Member, Advisory Board, The Kaddish Project
Member, Advisory Board, World Without Genocide
Editor, Association of Holocaust Organizations Annual Directory, 1988 - 2918
Founder and Director, Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Queensborough Community College,
City University of New York 1983-2005
Member, Education Advisory Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 2003-2005
Dr. Alvin (Al) Goldfarb is the child of Holocaust survivors and a nationally known theatre educator and administrator. Al served as chair of the department of Theatre, Dean of Fine Arts, and Provost and Academic Vice President at Illinois State University. Al served as President of Western Illinois University from 2002 to 2011, when he retired.
Throughout his distinguished administrative career, Al continued to teach and publish. He has published articles and reviews in leading journals. In addition to his textbooks Theatre: The Lively Art; Living Theatre; and An Anthology of Living Theatre, coauthored and coedited with Ed Wilson, retired theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal, Al also coedited, with Rebecca Rovit, Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist.
Ph.D., City University of New York, Theatre (9/73 – 1/78)
Graduate Center Thesis: “Theatre and Drama and the Nazi Concentration Camps”
M.A., Hunter College of C.U.N.Y., Theatre and Cinema (9/72 – 8/73 )
Thesis: “Selected Late Plays of Tennessee Williams: A Re-Evaluation”
B.A., Queens College of C.U.N.Y., Theatre and Mass Communications (1/68 – 6/72)
President, Western Illinois University, 7/1/2002 – 6/30/2011 (retired)
Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Illinois State University, 8/98-6/2002
Dean, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, 9/88 -7/98
Acting Dean, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Spring, 1986
Chair, Department of Theatre, Illinois State University, 7/81 – 8/88
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre, Illinois State University, 7/80 – 8/81
Illinois State University
Professor, Department of Theatre, Illnois State University (7/86 – 6/30/2011 (retired)
Associate Professor, Illnois State University (8/80 – 7/86)
Assistant Professor, Illnois State University (8/77 – 7/80)St. John’s University
Adjunct – Part-time, Department of Communications, St. John’s University (9/76 – 5/77)
City College of C.U.N.Y.
Adjunct – Part-time, Department of Speech, City College C.U.N.Y. (9/75 – 5/77)
Hunter College of C.U.N.Y.
Adjunct – Part-time, Department of Theatre and Cinema, Hunter College of C.U.N.Y. (Summer 1975
Queens College of C.U.N.Y.
Adjunct – Part-time, Department of Drama and Theatre, Queens College of C.U.N.Y. (Summer 1975)
Books and Monographs
Living Theater: A History. Third and Expanded Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000).
Living Theater: A History. Second and Expanded Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994).
Living Theater: An Introduction to Theatre History. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983).
Teacher’s Guide to Shakespeare on Stage. Co-authored with Calvin Pritner. Videotape series produced by the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and distributed nationally to educational television networks.
Theater: The Lively Art. Fourth Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson (New York: McGraw Hill, 2001).
Theater: The Lively Art. Third Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson (New York: McGraw Hill, 1999).
Theater: The Lively Art. Second Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson (New York: McGraw Hill, 1996).
Theater: The Lively Art. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson (New York: McGraw Hill, 1991).
Theater: The Lively Art: A Brief Edition. Co-authored with Edwin Wilson. (New York: McGraw Hill, 1993).
Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Memoirs, and Documents. Coedited with Rebecca Rovit. (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).
Articles and Notes
“Adolf Hitler as Portrayed in Drama and Film During His Lifetime.” Journal of Popular Culture, 13 no. 1 (Summer 1979), 55-56.
“Annotated Bibliography of Holocaust Dramatic Literature.” Staging the Holocaust. Edited by Claude Schumacher. (London: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
“Art of the Theatre.” In: New Lincoln Library Encyclopedia. Columbus, Ohio: Frontier Press, 1982.
“Arthur Miller: A Critical Survey.” American Playwrights from 1945. ed. Philip Kolin (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989).
“Biblical and Religious Imagery and the Question of Theodicy in Holocaust Drama.” Theatre Annual, 36 (1981), 41-51.
“Bibliography of Holocaust Dramatic Literature.” Plays of the Holocaust. ed. Elinor Fuchs (New York: TCG Publications, 1987).
“Early London Productions of Chekhov, 1911-1930.” Southern Theatre, 23 no. 1 (Winter 1979), 15-21.
“The Emperor of Atlantis: Satire in the Nazi Concentration Camps.” Theatre Journal, 32 (October 1980), 386-87.
Entries for The Academic American Encyclopedia published by Arete Publishing company in 1980.
Entries on Lee J. Cobb, Berta Gersten, David Kessler, and Paul Muni for American National Biography(Oxford University Press, 2000).
Entries on the Folksbiene, Yiddish Art Theatre and Jewish Art Theatre, ed. American Theatre Companies, ed. Weldon Durham (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987).
“Gigantic and Miniscule Actors on the Nineteenth-Century American Stage.” Journal of Popular Culture, 10 no. 2 (Fall 1976), 267-79.
“Greek Tragedy in the Nazi Concentration Camps: Charolotte Delbo’s Qui Rapportera ces Paroles? and Alberto Moravia’s Il Dio Kurt.” Exchange 6 no. 3 (Fall, 1980), 1-10.
“Holocaust on the Air: The Radio Plays of the Writers’ War Board. “ Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 8 no. 2 (Spring 1996), 48-58.
“Inadequate Memories: The Survivor in Plays by Mann, Kesselman, Lebow, and Baitz.” In: Staging the Holocaust, ed. Claude Schumacher (London: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
“Josef Szajna’s Metaphorical Representations of the Nazi Concentration Camps.” Exchange, 6 no. 2 (Spring-Summer 1980), 1-14.
“More Questions About ‘Non-Academic’ Creative Activities in Theatre.” ACA Bulletin, no. 43 (January 1983), 26-29.
“Period of Adjustment and the New Tennessee Williams.” In: Tennessee Williams: A Tribute (University of Mississippi Press, 1977), pp. 310-17.
Rachel Crothers: Bloomington-Normal’s Native Daughter in the Broadway Theatre.” Bloomington-Normal Magazine, 1 no. 3 (March 1979), 8-9.
“Roar China in a Nazi Concentration Camp,” Theatre Survey, 21 (November 1980), 184-85.
“Theatrical Activities in Nazi Concentration Camps.” Performing Arts Journal, 1 no. 2 (Fall 1976), 3-11.
“The Theatrical Life of Sherlock Holmes.” North Light Repertory program, April 1981, Evanston, Illinois.
“Theories of Tragedy” and “Theories of Comedy” In: The Theatre Experience. Fifth Edition. By Edwin Wilson. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991).
“Thomas William Robertson: Actor.” Theatre Survey, 20 (November 1979), 64-67.
“Books in Review: Theatre of the Holocaust and Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust,”Theatre Journal (October 1983).
“Books in Review: Bright Star of Exile.” Performing Arts Journal, 2 (Winter 1977-78).
“Books in Review: The Habima — Israel’s National Theatre, 1917-1977.” Theatre Journal, 32 (October 1980), 405-06.
“Books in Review: Vagabond Stars.” Educational Theatre Journal, 30 (March 1978), 1933-34.
Review of Israeli Holocaust Drama, edited by Michael Taub. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, (Fall 1998).
Theatre in Review: “Bent.” Theatre Journal, 32 (October 1980), 398-99.
Theatre in Review: “The Theatre of Peretz.” Educational Theatre Journal, 28 (October 1976), 417-18.
Convention Papers and Other Convention Dates
“Adolf Hitler As Depicted in Drama and Film.” Midwest Popular Culture Association Convention, October 1979, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
“Biblical Imagery in Holocaust Drama.” American Theatre Association convention, Dallas, August 1981 and Illinois Theatre Association convention, Chicago, Illinois, October 1981.
“Children’s Theatre in the Holocaust.” Illinois Theatre Association convention, Chicago, Illinois, September 1984.
“Course Loads in Theatre.” National Association of Schools of Theatre convention, August 1988, San Diego.
“Defending the Theatre in the Next Millennium.” Illinois Theatre Association, keynote address, Chicago, Illinois, September, 1998.
“Drama and the Nazi Concentration Camps: Attempts to Stage the Unstageable.” Illinois Theatre Association convention, Peoria, Illinois, 1979 and American Theatre Association, August 1980, San Diego.
“Giant and Dwarf Actors on the Nineteenth-Century British and American Stage.” Popular Culture Association, April 1976, Chicago.
“The Place of the M.A. degree in the Theatre Department.” National Association of Schools of Theatre convention, August 1989, Chicago, Illinois.
“Popular Entertainments in Colonial America.” American Society for Theatre Research, November 1975, Washington, D.C. (In collaboration with Rita Plotnicki.)
“Relationship Between University and Secondary School Theatre.” National Association of Schools of Theatre convention, Chicago, August 1987.
“Strategies for Teaching Theatre History to Undergraduates.” American Theatre Association convention, Minneapolis, August 1983.
“Survival of Popular Entertainments in the Nazi Concentration Camps.” Popular Culture Association, Cincinnati, April 1978.
“Survivor in American Drama.” Shoah and Performance conference, University of Glasgow, September 1995.
“Teaching the Holocaust through Dramatic Texts.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Antonio, Texas, August, 1998.
“Tenure Standards for Design/Technical Faculty.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education convention, August 1991, Seattle, Washington.
“Testimony as Theatre or Theatre as Testimony.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, August 1997.
Chair, “The Dark Side of Popular Culture” panel, Popular Culture Association, Cincinnati, April 1978.
Chair, Current Research in Theatre History, American Theatre Association convention, Dallas, August 1981.
Chair, Competitive Panel in Theatre History, American Theatre Association convention, San Francisco, August, 1984.
Chair, “Baroque Stage Design,” American Theatre Association convention, Toronto, August 1985.
Chair, “Spanish-American theatre,” American Society for Theatre Research, New York, November 1985.
Chair, “Current Research in Theatre History,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Diego, August, 1988.
Professional Offices and Significant Committee Assignments
National Association of Schools of Theatre Evaluator, 1986 to 2011
Chair, Educating Illinois: An Action Plan for Distinctiveness and Excellence at Illinois State University, 2000-2001.
Chair, President’s Task Force on Administrative Efficiency, Illinois State University, 1990-1991.
Member (Governor appointed), Illinois Arts Council, 1996-2000.
Member, President’s Strategic Planning Task Force, Illinois State University, 1989-1990.
President, Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, 1997- 1999.
Regional Chair, ACTF Region III-West, 1985-1988.
Referee, Central States Speech Journal, 1982-84.
Regional Chair, ACTF Criticism competition, 1983-85.
Editorial Consultant, “Theatre in Review.” Theatre Journal, 1981-1983.
ACTF Regional critic, 1981-1989.
Expert Reader, Theatre Journal, articles on the Holocaust and Theatre.
Referee, BHE-PSC Research Grant for the City University of New York, December, 1978.
Research Assistant, see acknowledgement in A.H. Saxon’s The Life and Art of Andrew Ducrow (Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1978).
Honors and Grants
Alumni Achievement Award, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, 2001.
Service Award, Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, 1993.
Town and Gown Lecturer, Ball State University, October 1992.
Outstanding Contribution Award, University Theatre, Illinois Theatre Association, 1991.
Fell Trust Grant, “Virtual Reality conference,” 1991 ($5000).
Guest Lecturer, University of North Carolina–Asheville, 1990 and 1991.
Kennedy Center Medallion for ACTF, Region III, 1989.
Illinois Arts Council grant, “Building by Design,” 1991 ($3800).
Illinois Arts council grant, “Building by Design,” 1987 ($10,000).
Illinois Arts Council grant, “Illinois Shakespeare Festival,” 1987 and 1988 ($10,400 & $8,200).
Instructional Development Program Grant, Illinois State University, Summer 1981.
International “Who’s Who in Education,” 1979.
City University Graduate Fellowship, 1974-75.
Phi Beta Kappa, June 1972.
Graduated Queens College “magna cum laude,” June 1972.
Queens College’s Deans’ List.
New York State Regents’ Scholarship, 1968-72.
Derek Goldman is an award-winning stage director, playwright/adapter, developer of new work, educator, and published scholar, whose work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway, and internationally. He is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University where he is co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider), housed in the School of Foreign Service with a mission "to harness the power of performance to humanize global politics." He has worked at theaters such as Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, CenterStage, Folger Theater, Round House, Everyman Theatre, Mosaic Theater, Synetic Theater, Theater J, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theater, McCarter, Segal Center (Montreal), Northern Stage, Forum Theater, Olney Theater Center (where he is an Artistic Associate), and many others. He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French and produced internationally, and he has directed over 80 productions. Recent highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman (Wall Street Journal Best of 2016); his adaptation of David Grossman's Falling Out of Time (Theater J); Diary of Anne Frank (Olney) and many others. He has a 25 year history of writing and directing Holocaust-related plays including his original play Right as Rain which toured nationally for 3 years; Our Class (Theater J, Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding Production); and My Report to the World,his play about Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski featuring David Strathairn which has been performed in Poland (in conjunction with the opening of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews); New York (in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage), and DC (Georgetown and Shakespeare Theater/Harman Center). In 2016 he was honored to receive the prestigious President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. From 2007-2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown. He is co-President of the US Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a Board member at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Founding Director of UNESCO's UNITWIN Global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts, and Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning socially-engaged professional theatre founded in Chicago and now based in Chapel Hill NC. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon is the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches are Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition, The Gift of New York, a powerful response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture, and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York.
Other past positions include executive positions at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Miami. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. An author of over 80 publications, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University and sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards including the FJC, a community foundation in New York, the Jewish Funders Network and Musicians On Call. He also served on the Board of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice and served on its Executive Committee. He is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and has received a number of honors from professional associations and universities.
His widely acclaimed book, The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets the Business Plan, co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was published by Jossey-Bass in October, 2009. It has been awarded the Axiom Gold Medal in philanthropy and has been translated and published in South Korea. They recently completed a sequel which explores the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship, expected to be released in early 2012.
Kim Simon is Managing Director of the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California. She is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s day-to-day work, including its educational programs, research, documentation activity, public outreach, and administration. Simon was hired in 1994 to coordinate the Shoah Foundation’s efforts to collect interviews around the world with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. After the testimony collection phase, Simon established the Institute’s office of global partnerships, creating and developing its international program agenda, overseeing its work in 17 countries. Kim Simon spent the last 15 years working in the field of Holocaust video documentation and education. Prior to her post as Managing Director, Simon served as the Institute’s interim executive director from 2008-2009 and director of programs, overseeing its national and international educational agenda. Simon currently serves on the U.S. delegation of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. She is overseeing the development of an educational application, IWitness, and focused on the pedagogical, organizational, and policy considerations of working with Holocaust and genocide survivor and witness testimony in an online environment. IWitness is a multimedia application that aims to engage the intersection of using video testimony on the Internet as a way to explore multi-literacies and the topic of the Holocaust and other genocides in education. In September 2011, Simon was awarded an Alumni Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Colorado College.
Robert (Bob) Skloot retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching, directing and administrating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His career has included serving as Fulbright Professor in Israel (1980-81), Austria (F 1988), Chile (F 1995) and The Netherlands (S 2005), and as Fulbright Specialist in England (2013). He is the author and editor of many books and essays about the theatre of the Holocaust and genocide, including The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust (1988) and the two-volume anthology The Theatre of the Holocaust (1981; 1999) and The Theatre of Genocide: Four Plays about Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Armenia (2008). In 2011, Skloot was chosen for inclusion in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide, ed. Bartrop and Jacobs (2011). Over a generation, Skloot has presented scores of lectures throughout the United States and internationally on subject that include: the Arts of the Holocaust, the Theatre and Genocide, Holocaust Education, American Theatre and Drama, etc.
Skloot’s play, If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide (2006), has been read around the U.S. and internationally (Sarajevo, The Hague,) and in its Spanish version (Aunque Todo El Cuerpo Muera) in Cuba and Peru. Polish, German and Hebrew translations have been recently completed.