Rebekah Maggor

Assistant Professor

 Rebekah Maggor

Department and Program Affiliations
Performing & Media Arts

Academic focus:
Acting, directing, dramatic translation, voice, speech & dialects, contemporary drama from the Middle East, changing styles of Shakespearean acting, particularly women performers on the American stage.

Current research project: 
My creative and scholarly work focuses on the theatre of protest. I am translating and directing a new play, “Desert of Light” by the Palestinian-Syrian writer Rama Haydar. I’ve just co-edited an anthology of 10 contemporary Egyptian plays in translation, “Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution.“

Previous positions:
Affiliated Scholar, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2015-2016
Faculty Scholar, Fulbright Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program, 2013-2014

Academic background:
B.A., Drama and theatre arts, Columbia University, 2001
M.F.A., Acting, Moscow Art Theater School, 2004
Certificate in Advanced Theatre Studies, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, 2004
Certificate in Voice and Speech Pedagogy, Fitzmaurice Institute, 2004

Last book read:
“The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle” by Kobayashi Takiji (translated by Zeljko Cipris)

In your own time/when not working:
Watching Charlie Chaplin films with my son, attending flamenco classes with my daughter, cooking, power-watching well-written television dramas

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Acting, voice and speech, global theatre of protest, and directing productions at the Schwartz Center

What most excites you about Cornell:
The passionate and talented faculty and staff in my department.  Opportunities to internationalize the curriculum and use the performing arts to spark conversations across disciplines.