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Tarantino, Dana

Associate Professor



PhD - New York University

MA -   Adelphi University

BA -   Queens College


DANA TARANTINO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.  Awarded the Madolin Cervantes Grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation at Lincoln Center. New York directing credits include:  The Swede, Hamlet, Entrepreneurs, Cabaret, Hamlet, Finishing Stroke, Penguins & Peacocks, The House of Bernarda Alba, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Vanities, The Father, In the Gravy, and the off Broadway comedy, Lady L.  At John Jay, she directed The Arabian Nights, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the 50th anniversary of West Side Story, which was the launch of the College's APACHE Project. Her musical staging has been featured for the Coca-Cola Concert Series at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, Westbury Music Fair, Trump Taj Majal, and other venues. She was a student of the late Lehman Engel and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Member: Dramatists Guild, Association of Italian American Writers, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).  She holds a PhD in theatre from New York University.

Dr. Tarantino’s interests lie in institutional arts partnerships and collaborations in higher education.  Her article on the subject, “From the Ground Up: Institutional Arts Partnerships as Authentic Problem Solving,” was published in Theater Topics. (Vol. 22, No. 2, September 2012.)  Tarantino’s plays include:  Renata, Gravy, and Lady L (Bechavn Publishing Group, 2012).



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