Class of 1991
Major/Minor: Major: Drama
- BA Washington College 1991
- MFA Columbia University 2001
THE MILLAY SISTERS (Don’t Tell Mama and Ancram Opera House, NY), Palestinian playwright Natalie Handal’s DETAILS OF SILENCE (Symphony Space), Susan Millers’ READING LIST (McGinn Cazale), John Guare’s THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (Perseverance Theater, AK), Haroldo de Campo’s ACT OF THE POSSESSED (Guggenheim Museum), Alfred Jarry’s UBU ROI (Brick Theater, Brooklyn), Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN and Anne Washburn’s APPARITION (Whitman College), THE WINTER’S TALE and JULIUS CAESAR (Colorado Shakespeare Festival).
Cynthia Croot is a director, writer and activist driven by the desire to create work that is visually sumptuous, socially relevant, and intimately bound to both global and local concerns. She has been a guest artist at Bryn Mawr College, Harper College, Washington College, Bucknell University, the International Institute of Peace Educators in Rhodes, Greece and the El Rayo Experimenta, Argentina. Ms. Croot toured Suzan-Lori Park’s VENUS in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa during the historic moment of Sara Baartman’s repatriation and burial. Her benefit stagings of VENUS at the Public Theater and Gatehouse (NYC) featured Tim Robbins, Joe Morton, Jayne Houdyshell, Arliss Howard and Kathleen Chalfant. In 2008 she received a TCG/ITI grant for travel to Croatia to begin another incarnation of the VENUS PROJECT: a radio program exploring the sex trafficking industry in Eastern Europe.
In 2004/5 she represented U.S. artists on a five-person delegation to Damascus University, Syria. This continuing collaboration, originally organized by the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and the U.S. State Department, aims to improve international relations through innovative use of the arts and media. Ms. Croot’s stage adaptation of Djuna Barnes’s NIGHTWOOD led to a subsequent residency at UCross, Wyoming to develop the script MATA HARI, and her most recent adaptation, MOONLIGHT ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH, from the novel by Iranian-American writer Gina B. Nahai, was staged in 2009 at Whitman College in Washington State. Ms. Croot was a 2007-2009 Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. Most recently she presented a paper on Theatre in the Islamic World at the Fajr International Theatre Festival in Tehran, Iran. Based in New York City and the Pacific Northwest, she is Assistant Professor at Whitman College, WA.