Bonnie Marranca

Bonnie Marranca is publisher and editor of the Obie Award-winning PAJ Publications and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (originally called Performing Arts Journal), which she co-founded in 1976. She has written three collections of criticism: Performance Histories, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings, the recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Among the many anthologies she has edited are: New Europe: plays from the continentPlays for the End of the Century; American Dreams: The Imagination of Sam Shepard; and The Theatre of Images, one of the seminal books of contemporary theatre. Her writings have been translated into seventeen languages.

Bonnie Marranca is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar who has taught in many universities here and abroad, including Columbia University, Princeton University, NYU, Duke University, the University of California-San Diego, Free University (Berlin), and Autonomous University/Institute for Theatre (Barcelona). She is Professor of Theatre at The New School/Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts. Click here for CV.

2011 ATHE Excellence in Editing Award.


European Festival of Performing Arts in Timisoara, Romania.

Read an interview on PAJ 100, pub date January 2012 at Brooklyn Rail.

Listen to her conversation with art historian and archivist Barbara Moore, hosted by Galen Joseph-Hunter on WGXC.

Read an interview with her at Artist Organized Art.

View dialogues and interviews with contemporary artists on the PAJ website.

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Talks at Location One gallery space in Soho:

Public Panel on “Belief” – Conversation with Gregory Whitehead, Alison Knowles, George Quasha, and Lenora Champagne (1-24-12).


Public Panel on “Being Contemporary” – Conversation with Joan Jonas, Linda Weintraub, Martha Wilson, Kenneth Collins, and Claire Bishop (1-25-12).

In January 2012, PAJ celebrated its 100th issue, “Performance New York,” with public panels on some of the themes of the issue with several of its contributors. Click here for more information and podcasts on PAJ 100.

Conversation with Joan Jonas and Claire MacDonald (4-8-10).

Performance Ideas: A Series of Public Dialogues on the Contemporary Arts

Curated by Bonnie Marranca and Meredith Monk

Art as Spiritual Practice, November 2001
With Meredith Monk, Alison Knowles, Eleanor Heartney, Erik Ehn, and Linda Montano

Myth and the Contemporary, December 2001
With Meredith Monk, John Jesurun, Eiko Otake, and Theodora Skipitares

and Locution, a series of talks with artists at Location One

Conversation with Mac Wellman, March 2002

Conversation with Meredith Monk, May 2000

Conversation with Rachel Rosenthal, January 2001

Conversation with Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov, February 2001