Mary Fleischer


Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Professor of Theatre Arts


Theatre Arts





Mary Fleischer is a Professor of Theatre Arts and teaches courses in directing, dramatic literature, performance theory and history, and producing. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and her interdisciplinary interests have inspired performance and research activities, including her book, Embodied Texts: Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations. She received the MMC Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.


B.A., The State University of New York, College at Purchase
M.A., Hunter College of The City University of New York
Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York

Recent Work


“Kandinsky’s The Yellow Sound,” Target Margin Theatre, NYC, November 2010.

“D’Annunzio et Rubinstein: La Pisannelle, ou La Mort parfumée,” in Ida Rubinstein: Une utopie de la synthèse des arts à l’épreuve de la scène, edited by Pascal Lécroart. Besançon, France: Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2008.

Embodied Texts: Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2007.

“Incense and Decadents: Symbolist Theatre’s Use of Scent,” in The Senses in Performance, edited by Sally Banes and André Lepecki. New York: Routledge, 2007.

“Approaches to Collaboration: Choreographers and Visual Artists,” panelist with Noël Carroll, Roger Copeland, Lynn Garafola and Yvonne Rainer at The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination, NYC, September 2007.

The Elephant Vanishes.” Rev. of Complicite-Setagaya Public Theatre production at New York State Theater. Theatre Journal, Volume 57, #1, March 2005.

“La collaboration d’Annunzio – Rubinstein,” International Conference at Université de Besançon, France: “L’utopie de la synthèse des arts sur la scène dans la France de l’Entre-deux Guerres: autour d’Ida Rubinstein,” 26-27 May 2005.

Entries on Sam Shepard, Buried Child, True West, Curse of the Starving Class, Fool for Love, Jane Bowles,and In the Summer House for the Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama (2005).

“Antigone” (Big Dance Theater’s production of Mac Wellman’s play at Dance Theatre Workshop), in Theatre Journal, Volume 55, #3, October 2003.

Fighting the Waves: Yeats’s Experiment Towards a Modernist Theatricality,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, New York, July 2003.

Panel Chair, “Building an American Avant-Garde: Gertrude Stein’s Texts and Theory Create a Blueprint for Experimental Performance,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, New York, August 2003.

“Claudel’s Creation of a Poème Plastique,” Modern Language Association Convention, New York, 28 December 2002.

“Recuperating Radio Drama in the Age of the Internet,” with Susan Jacobson, for Art Remembers, National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, October 2002.  

“Theatrical Stillness” in Movement for Actors, edited by Nicole Potter. New York: Allworth Press, 2002.


Recent courses: Script Analysis; Elements of Directing; Dramatic Forms & Genres; Directing III; Producing Performance; Advanced Studies: American Experimental Theatre; The Avant-Garde in Art, Film & Performance; Theatre Production Workshop. 


Nugent Hall, Room 152D