Theater Directing: Internationalism and the Crisis of Interpretation
2009 American Comparative Literature Association
Harvard University, 3/26-3/29/09
The rise of the director in early modernism begat a new division of labor in theatrical production:
these recently minted stage executives became known variously as autocrats, diplomats, and jet-
setting cosmopolites. As cultural ambassadors, they imported staging techniques from afar and
shepherded plays from one country to another or between non-adjacent time periods,
translating â€œforeignâ€ texts by making them locally legible.