Director of Field Research
Jan Cohen-Cruz is director of field research for A Blade of Grass and content editor for their magazine. She was director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life where she also served as senior editor and co-founder of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. Jan wrote Local Acts: Community‑Based Performance in the US, Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response, and Remapping Performance: Common Ground, Uncommon Partners, edited Radical Street Performance; and, with Mady Schutzman, co‑edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics. As a longtime professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Cohen-Cruz produced community‑based arts projects with students and neighborhood partners. She directed the minor in applied theatre and Tisch’s Office of Community Connections, and was among the founders of the Department of Art and Public Policy. She received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement (2012). She was the evaluator for the U.S. State Department/Bronx Museum cultural diplomacy initiative smARTpower and more recently, for New York City’s Public Artist in Residence for the Department of Cultural Affairs.