Meet the Retreatant: Meron Langsner

21 Jun

Meron joins the Retreat as a designer of stage violence, as well as a playwright. He’s got some dramaturgical practice as well — a real triple-threat!

Meron recently defended his dissertation, Impossible Bodies in Motion: The Representation of Martial Arts on the American Stage, and will be receiving his PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University in late August. He believes himself to be the first doctoral candidate in drama to literally defend his dissertation with a katana.

Meron was one of three writers in the country to be selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Writer Residencies, fulfilling his residency at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA. His plays have been performed around the country and overseas and developed at the Lark New Play Development Center, New
Repertory Theatre, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (where he later returned as a Featured Artist), and the New England Regional Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival. Publishers of his plays include Smith & Kraus, Applause, and YouthPLAYS.

As a fight director and movement specialist, Meron has composed violence locally for companies such as Merrimack Rep, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Company One, Zeitgeist, Whistler In The Dark, and Opera Boston, and numerous academic venues, as well as in NYC for Ensemble Studio Theatre and Polaris North. Directing credits include the 2006 production of Tonya & Nancy: The Opera at the Zero Arrow Theatre in Cambridge that received international media attention; No Exit at Tufts University; and segments of Susan-Lori Parks 365 Days/365 Plays project for both Yellow Taxi Productions and Zeitgeist Stage. His scholarly work has been published by McFarland, Oxford University Press, Puppetry International, The Fight Master, All About Jewish Theatre, and The Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences;and presented at numerous academic conferences. Last year he was a fellow at Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Summer Institute. Meron has taught at Boston University, Emerson College, New York Film Academy, and Tufts University, where he was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Meron holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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