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Gitta Honegger

Gitta.Honegger@asu.edu

Professor
School Film, Dance & Theatre
Faculty
Mail Code: 2002

(480)965-6084

Bio

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

Gitta Honegger is a dramaturg, translator, stage director and theatre historian. She is the authorized translator of 2004 Nobel laureate for literature, Elfriede Jelinek. She is the recipient of the following recent awards: Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright IFK Fellowship in Vienna, and a one-year fellowship at the Center for Interweaving Performing Cultures at the Free University. For her cultural biography: Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian, published by Yale University Press she received the Austrian Cultural Institute’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. Currently she is completing the translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum The Children of the Dead. Her biographies of Helene Weigel: Frau Brecht and of Elfriede Jelinek: How to Win the Nobel Prize Without Really Trying are under contract with Yale University Press.  The production of her translation of Jelinek’s play Jackie by New York’s Women’s Project Theatre was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo-show. She has received grants by the Goethe Institutes of New York and London, the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Haslauer Stiftung, Salzburg, and several ASU Research grants.

Her recent translations of Jelinek’s award winning performance texts include Rechnitz and The Merchant’s Contracts, published in 2015 by Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, to be followed by Charges (The Supplicants) in spring 2016. Currently, her translation of Rechnitz is in various stages of workshop development in New York and London.  She has translated plays by Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Marieluise Fleisser and Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti, among others.

Her articles on theatre and culture have been published in TDR/Drama, Yale/ 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.

Courses

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 592 Research

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
THE 562 Literary Management Workshop
THE 592 Research

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
THE 394 Special Topics
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature
THE 598 Special Topics

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
THE 394 Special Topics
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
THE 592 Research

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
HON 494 Special Topics
HPS 494 Special Topics
THE 494 Special Topics
THE 592 Research
THE 598 Special Topics

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature
THE 590 Reading and Conference

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
THE 592 Research