Professor, School of Theatre and Film, Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts
Affiliate Professor of Women’s Studies, Center for Biology and Society, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Honegger was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 2003/04, which she spent in Berlin researching her book on Helene Weigel, the actress and co-founder with her husband Bertolt Brecht, of the Berliner Ensemble. Dr. Honegger’s book on Thomas Bernhard The Making of An Austrian, Yale University Press 2001, received the Austrian Cultural Forum’s bi-annual book award. Her own German translation Thomas Bernhard – Was ist das für ein Narr was published in Berlin by Ullstein/Propyläen in 2003. She is a contributing editor of Yale Theatre Magazine and has translated the plays of Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Marieluise Fleisser and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Elias Canetti among others. Her articles on theatre and culture, most recently focused on Berlin and the new Europe have been published in Theater, Modernism/Modernity, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, American Theatre, Western European Stages, Performing Arts Journal, Partisan Review.
From 1983-1993, Dr. Honegger served as Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and as resident dramaturg of the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed (among others, the premiere of Tony award winner Doug Wright’s Interrogating the Nude, Arthur Schnitzler: Intermezzo, Bernhard Pomerance: Melons, Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale). She also worked many summers as a director and dramaturg at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Before coming to Arizona State University in 2001 she was chair of the Drama Department at The Catholic University of America (1993–2001). Dr. Honegger received her theatrical training in Vienna, Austria and performed at the Vienna Burgtheater, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, and the Komödie Basel, to name a few. She holds a Ph.D. in Theaterwissenschaft from the University of Vienna and first came to the United States to research her dissertation on Eugene O’Neill.