Tzachi Zamir on His Philosophy of Acting

by Phillip Witteveen February 4, 2015

Tzachi Zamir is a professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After a Ph.D. of pondering the nature of things, his accidental experiences with amateur acting led him to ponder the nature of performance. Zamir is the author of the first systematic philosophy of theater, Acts. This is not the first time he has tackled less-traditional philosophy, actually, having written about subjects from Shakespeare to vegetarianism to animal rights. Nowadays, though, in the interstices between professional philosophizing, he’s been taking classes, and working in rehearsal for a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The Israeli newspaper […]

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THIS WEEK: Animal Acts Performance Festival, a prelude to new UMP title

by Shaun Manning March 20, 2013

University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Media Center Video Studio plays host to Animal Acts: Beasts of the Northern Wild Performance Festival and Symposium March 21-23, with presenters including Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, editors of the forthcoming University of Michigan Press title Animal Acts: Performing Species, which is set to debut in December. The symposium, organized by Hughes, promises a host of presenters “provoking and performing, in dialogue with faculty, students and staff, as well as the general guests.” Chaudhuri and Hughes’ book will be the first anthology of animal-related performance pieces, marking a significant contribution to the lively field of Animal […]

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Two University of Michigan Press titles receive honorable mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize

by Shaun Manning June 22, 2012

Kimberly Jannarone’s Artaud and His Doubles and Judith Pascoe’s The Sarah Siddons Audio Files each received commendation in New York University’s Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre. These two University of Michigan Press books, along with Daniel O’Quinn’s Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790 from Johns Hopkins University Press, received honorable mentions in the biennial contest, while Martin Puchner took home top prize for The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy published in 2011 by Oxford. The Callaway judges called Jannarone’s book “a provocative, meticulously researched inquiry into the theatrical practices and ideological complexities of one of the most […]

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Press Author Jill Dolan Wins Prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism

by Shaun Manning January 27, 2012

Congratulations to Jill Dolan, author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1991), Presence and Desire (1994), and Utopia in Performance (2005) and editor of A Menopausal Gentleman (2011), for winning the prestigious 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. The award, administered by Cornell University, carries a $10,000 prize and was bestowed upon Dolan for her insightful essays on her blog, The Feminist Spectator. This marks the first year the award has been given to a blog. Read the full award announcement here. The Guardian also published a great spotlight on Dolan and the significance of such a major […]

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Author David Savran awarded 2011 Kurt Weill Article Prize for ‘Highbrow/Lowdown’

by Trade Marketing October 27, 2011

American Theatre professor David Savran has been awarded the 2011 Kurt Weill Article Prize for the chapter “Fascinating Rhythm” in his University of Michigan Press book Highbrow/Lowdown:  Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class. Described by the panel as “vivid and eminently readable,” Savran’s work “beautifully contextualizes – from the viewpoint of a theater scholar/cultural historian – George Gershwin’s works for the musical stage.” “It has wide appeal, as seems fitting for a prize bearing the name Kurt Weill. In fact, in its lucid portrayal of the ‘crossing of categories’ between highbrow and lowbrow elements in 1920s […]

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