Reflected in a piece by artist Margaret Evangeline
MERON LANGSNER is an award-winning playwright, theatre & performance scholar, and educator as well as a critically acclaimed fight director & movement specialist for theatre, film, & opera. He is also a stage director, dramaturg, and author.
He was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, fulfilling his residency at the New Repertory Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. Meron's plays have been performed around the country and overseas and developed at venues that include the Lark Play Development Center in NYC, New Rep, Playwrights Commons Freedom Arts Retreat, the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festval, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska (where he later had the honor of returning as a featured artist). Publishers of his dramatic work include Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre Books, and YouthPLAYS.
Meron's scholarly work on theatre and performance has been published by McFarland, Oxford University Press, Puppetry International, the Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences, and other imprints. In 2010 he was a Summer Fellow at Northwestern University's Performance Studies Institute. He has presented his research and taught workshops at numerous scholarly conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including: ASTR, ATHE, the Comparative Drama Conference, and the International Puppetry Conference. Meron has also written on theatre for popular and trade publications including Backstage, HowlRound, The Theatre Times, and The Sondheim Review.
As a fight director and movement specialist, Meron has composed violence for well over one hundred and fifty productions, tours, and films. He has worked with A.R.T. - The American Repertory Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theater, Lyric Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, and several academic venues, with many productions winning regional awards.
Some of Meron's directing credits include the 2006 production of Tonya & Nancy: The Opera at the A.R.T.'s Zero Arrow Theatre, which attracted international media attention, No Exit at Tufts University, Something Rotten: Hamlet Remixed with Whistler in the Dark, and segments of Susan-Lori Parks 365 Days/365 Plays project.
He has taught courses at Boston University, Emerson College, New York Film Academy, Prescott College, The Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory, and Tufts University (where he received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education). He has also given guest lectures and workshops for organizations that include Cabinet, Stage Source, The Gallery Players, and numerous educational institutions. He curated Whistler in the Dark Theatre's Schollah Holla Project, a series of scholarly panels accompanying their 2012-2013 season.
Meron's poems have been published by bear creek haiku, Laurel Moon, and other journals, and his humor has appeared in Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He has worked as a freelance journalist for several newspapers in the Greater Boston and New York areas and has also contributed to various popular websites including The Good Men Project and Thought Catalog.
Meron is a member of Athena Theatre's 2017 Athena Writes play develpment project and is an alumnus of Project Y Theatre's Playwrights' Group. He was a founding member of both the International Theatre Ensemble (NYC) and the International Company Project, a former board member of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston an Artistic Associate of the award-winning Whister in the Dark Theatre and an Associate of Playwrights Commons.
Meron holds a PhD in Drama from Tufts University, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis, and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He did his undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University and SUNY Buffalo.
His doctoral dissertation was entitled Impossible Bodies in Motion: The Representation of Martial Arts on the American Stage. He believes himself to be the first Drama graduate at Tufts to have literally defended his dissertation with a katana.
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