Kristin Johnsen-Neshati is Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University, where she has taught theater history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy and dramatic criticism since 1993. For 18 years, she also served as Resident Dramaturg/Artistic Associate for Theater of the First Amendment, focusing on new play development and launching a professionally-mentored staged reading program for high school and college playwrights. Kristin has translated four of Chekhov’s plays, which have received several productions. Recent projects include Gogol’s Nose and Other Strange Tales from the City, an original devised piece drawn from The Petersburg Tales, co-conceived for Mason students and co-directed with David Gaines, in collaboration with guest artist Vladimir Shpitalnik. Education: Swarthmore College (BA, Russian and Theater); Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA, Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism). Awards: George Mason’s Fenwick Fellowship, CVPA’s Robert K. Purks Faculty Enrichment Grant, Yale’s Kenneth Tynan Prize for production dramaturgy, Fairfax County’s Strauss Fellowship, the Kennedy Center/ACTF Criticism Fellowship, and a Fulbright Faculty Research Grant.