As a theatre scholar and artist, Meg Araneo is committed to an academic study of theater that integrates a full appreciation of performance practice with a love of history and theory. In addition to earning a Ph.D. in Theater History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, she holds an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the Director of the MA Theater History and Criticism program at Brooklyn College. She has taught courses at several universities in New York, including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the New School’s Lang College, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Meg has published material in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Cosmopolitan Review, and Slavic and East European Performance. She is currently co-authoring a textbook on global theater performance with Routledge. She has presented papers at various U.S. and international conferences, including those sponsored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
Meg is committed to combining her scholarly study of performance with practical work in the theater. She has collaborated on several performance projects in New York City at venues such as BRIC Arts Media through its BRIC Lab program and Mabou Mines as part of its artist residency program. Her current original project, Salomania, which she is writing and directing, was presented as a work-in-progress at Teatro Círculo and the Martin E. Segal Center in fall 2018. Salomania explores modernist representations of the archetype of the biblical dancing girl Salome for how they embody the neurological conditions of hysteria and epilepsy. In 2015, Meg co-founded the non-profit organization Citizen Arts and Education, and currently serves as its co-artistic director.