Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Theatre Arts

Mark Ringer


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In Brief

Mark Ringer is a Professor of Theatre at MMC. He has worked as an actor, director, and dramaturge throughout the United States and Europe. His translations of Euripides’ “Bacchae” and Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” have received successful performances as have several of his adaptations. He was seen Off Broadway as Polonius in two different stagings of “The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project”, an adaptation which he co-authored. His one- play fusion of Shakespeare’ s “Henry IV Parts I and II” was produced at the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine, a production in which he also played Falstaff. He has worked professionally on productions of half of Shakespeare’s plays.

Title/Position

Professor of Theatre Arts

Department

Theatre Arts

Email

mringer@mmm.edu

Phone/Ext

212-774-0712

Degree(s)

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Recent Work

Publications:

Schubert’s Theater of Song. New York, NY: Amadeus Press. 2009. 


Presentations/Productions:

Gloucester” in King Lear. National Black Theatre. Take Wings and Soar Productions. New York, NY. February, 2009.

Dramaturgy for above production.

Research

His research areas include Ancient Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, and Opera.  His first book, “Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheatre and Role Playing in Sophocles” was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1998 and has strongly influenced international Theatre and Classical Studies.  “Opera’s First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi” was published in 2006 by Amadeus Press and has received wide acclaim as the first general introduction to one of the most important figures in operatic and musical history.  “Schubert’s Theatre of Song”, published by Amadeus Press in 2009 is the first general introduction to Schubert’s lieder in decades and breaks new ground in viewing German song performance as a sister art to theatre.

 

Mark Ringer was named a Distinguished Chair for 2012-2014 affording him research opportunities in Greece to prepare his next book, “Boundaries of Humanity: A Reading of Euripides”, the first close reading of all nineteen of Euripides’ plays to be attempted in over seventy years.  This will be followed by two further monographs, “To Save a World: Aristophanes’ Comedy” and a new study of Aeschylus and Sophocles.

Teaching

Dr. Ringer teaches Theater History, Shakespeare, Opera, Ancient Greek Drama and Culture, Dramaturgy, as well as other subjects. He has worked as a professional dramaturg, actor, and director throughout the USA and Europe.