Arthur Miller and the American Theater

A FREE panel discussion on Arthur Miller and his contributions to American drama


Sunday, April 21, 2024
10:30 AM (Doors open at 10:00AM)

Featuring Arthur Miller scholars and former Arthur Miller Society Presidents:

Joshua Polster, PhD • Emerson College

Stephen Marino, PhD • The Arthur Miller Journal

In conversation with Melia Bensussen


Coffee, Tea, Bagels, & Breakfast refreshments provided.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

About the panelists:

Dr. Joshua Polster is an Assistant Dean and a Professor of Theatre at Emerson College where he teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic theory, playwriting, dramaturgy, as well as courses for the Emerson Prison Initiative. Dr. Polster was President of the Arthur Miller Society and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the editorial board for The Arthur Miller Journal, where he has published several articles. His books on Miller include Reinterpreting the Plays of Arthur Miller, Methuen Drama’s critical editions of Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays and Incident at Vichy, and the upcoming Cambridge University Press publication Arthur Miller in Context.

Stephen Marino is the founding editor of The Arthur Miller Journal and past president of the Arthur Miller Society. He taught at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He is the author of A Language Study of Arthur Miller’s Plays: The Poetic in the Colloquial and Essential Criticism, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. His essay collections include Arthur Miller’s Century, Essays Celebrating the 100th Birthday of America’s Great Playwright (2017) and Arthur Miller for the Twenty-First Century, Contemporary Views of His Writings and Ideas (2020). His most recent work is the Methuen Student Edition of Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays (2022). He has completed the manuscript for his upcoming book, Arthur Miller’s New York: The Playwright’s Vision of the City.

Melia is the sixth artistic director, and the first woman, to lead Hartford Stage. She began her tenure in Hartford in July of 2019, after serving as Chair of Performing Arts at Emerson College in Boston. An Obie-award-winning director and artistic leader, she has directed extensively at leading theatres throughout the country, including productions at the Huntington Theatre Company, Sleeping Weazel, Shakespeare & Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Class Company, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons, among others. Raised in Mexico City, Melia is fluent in Spanish and has translated and adapted a variety of texts, including her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding published by TCG. A graduate of Brown University, she is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, and a Princess Grace Directing Fellowship, as well as their top honor, the Statue Award. Melia serves on the Arts Advisory Council for the Princess Grace Foundation and as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).