Debra Caplan

Debra Caplan

Guest Speaker 2019
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Faculty
Debra Caplan
I am Assistant Professor of Theater in the Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, City University of New York. My research focuses on Yiddish theater and drama, theatrical travel, artistic networks, and immigrant theater.

My book, Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy, was published by University of Michigan Press in 2018. My writing has also appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, New England Theatre Journal, Performance Research, Pakn Treger, and American Theatre Magazine.

I am currently working on a new biography of Molly Picon.


With Joel Berkowitz, I co-founded The Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, a research collective that applies digital humanities tools to the study of Yiddish theater. I am also a director, dramaturg, and theater translator.