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Drama, Art & Public Policy

Janet Cohen-Cruz
Professor of Drama
Faculty Advisory Board, Art & Public Policy

Phone: 212 998 1574

Office: 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor


B.A. Bard College
M.A., Ph.D. New York


Jan Cohen-Cruz, Associate Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, wrote Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States, edited Radical Street Performance, and with Mady Schutzman, co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics. In the mid-1990s, Cohen-Cruz co-directed Tisch’s AmeriCorps (President Clinton’s domestic Peace Corps), focusing on violence reduction through the arts. She has produced community-based projects with Tisch students in the Lower East Side, one focused on community gardens and another on gentrification. Jan co-ordinates the Drama Department's minor in applied theatre and directs Tisch’s Office of Community Connections. She was Scholar in Residence for Bronx Museum’s two-year “Action Lab” (2004-6), inspired by Augusto Boal. Jan is currently developing “Home, New Orleans?” with Ron Bechet of Xavier University and other community-engaged artists and students in New Orleans.