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Cobina Gillitt

Location: New York, NY

Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU


Cobina Gillitt, Ph.D. is a freelance new play and production dramaturg based in New York City. Select dramaturgy credits include THE GOLEM, an original horror opera by Elizabeth Swados, DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima, directed by Erica Gould, MY HEART IS I THE EAST by Jessica Litwak, CLIVE by Jonathan Marc Sherman (a retelling of Bertolt Brecht’s BAAL) directed by Ethan Hawke, SPRING AWAKENING, book and lyrics by Steven Sater directed by Kenneth Noel Mitchell, and MYSELF IS IN PIECES by Kate Maracle. Cobina is also a translator of Indonesian plays into English, several of which are published in Islands of Imagination: Modern Indonesian Plays (U of Hawaii Press, 2016) and The Lontar Anthology of Indonesia Drama Vol 3: 1965-1998 (2010). She is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance at SUNY Purchase. She teaches courses on dramaturgy & translation, adapting literature for performance, Asian theatre and performance theory, and American and European 20th century avant-garde theatre theory, history, and practice. She has been a member of Jakarta-based Teater Mandiri since 1988, performing and holding workshops in Indonesia and internationally.

Areas of Expertise:

New play development, production dramaturgy, translation, adaptation, experimental, physical theatre

Languages Spoken:

English, Indonesian, French

Recent Work:

THE GOLEM: A HORROR OPERA by Elizabeth Swados, co-conceived by Elizabeth Swados and Cobina Gillitt, dir. Elizabeth Swados, Burrows Theatre, 2015
MY HEART IS IN THE EAST by Jessica Litwak, dir. Sabrina Peck, La Mama ETC. 2015
DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima, dir. Erica Gould, The Flea, New York, 2013
CLIVE by Jonathan Marc Sherman(a retelling of Bertolt Brecht’s BAAL) dir. Ethan Hawke, The New Group, 2013
MYSELF IS IN PIECES by Kate Maracle, dir. Erica Gould, Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, 2013

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