Margaret Araneo
Assistant Professor, Program Head, MA in Theater History & Criticism

Margaret Araneo (Brooklyn College)
312B Whitehead Hall
718-951-5000 x2767


PhD, Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
MFA, Acting, Carnegie Mellon University
BA, Politcal Science, The Johns Hopkins University

As a theatre scholar and artist, Professor Araneo is committed to an academic study of theatre that integrates a full appreciation of performance practice with a love of history and theory. In addition to her Ph.D. studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, she earned an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.  She has taught courses in the Drama Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and designed communication arts workshops for The Cooper Union.

Her current research examines the intersection of popular performance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the history of neurology and neuro-psychology during the same period. Studying the performance of hysteria and neurasthenia in Paris and New York in relationship to the medical models used to diagnose these popular “dis-orders” provides a space for exploring how the sciences and the arts cross-pollinate in the construction of culture. She approaches this material from a disability performance perspective—an emerging sub-field of theatre studies that challenges existing ideas about embodied difference and minority identity politics.

Professor Araneo is interested in cultivating relationships between scholars and contemporary theatre artists. She has published material in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and Slavic and East European Performance. While serving as the Managing Editor of Slavic and East European Performance, she worked with an exciting collection of international artists, including Poland’s Gardzienice and The Theatre of the Eighth Day, as well as Croatia’s Zagreb Youth Theatre. She has presented papers at various U.S. and international conferences, including those sponsored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

She is happy to be a part of the Brooklyn College Theater Department faculty and to work closely with such a diverse group of theatre artists, scholars, and students.