SHONNI ENELOW


Fordham University

924 Leon Lowenstein Building

113 West 60th St NY, NY 10023

senelow@fordham.edu  

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2018–present: Associate Professor of English, Fordham University.

2012–2018: Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, 2012.

  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 2011–2012.

  • Dean’s Scholar, 2009-2010.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

B.F.A., Theater, with honors, Tisch School of the Arts, 2005.

  • Department of French Book Award, 2005.

RESEARCH AWARD

2015-2016 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama. Administered by the English department of Cornell University; selection committee comprised of members of the English departments of Cornell, Princeton, and Yale Universities.

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama, Northwestern University Press, 2015. Winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, 2015-2016. A cultural and historical analysis of Lee Strasberg’s Method acting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this book analyzes Strasberg’s acting methods through contemporaneous works of American drama, and locates it alongside debates about psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of race and gender, and developments in mass media. Nathan Award citation: “a forceful and timely rethinking of the American theater’s dominant acting theory. In chapters ranging across Broadway and Off Broadway plays, Hollywood and experimental films, and classroom sessions at the Actors Studio, she probes the Method’s assumptions, identifies its blindspots, and tests it against the tumultuous politics of the 1950s and 1960s.”

Research Theatre, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project: A Casebook, co-authored with Una Chaudhuri, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. This co-authored and co-edited volume includes the full text of Carla and Lewis, by Shonni Enelow, as well as essays by Chaudhuri, Enelow, and Fritz Ertl. The book describes The Ecocide Project, a research theatre project by Chaudhuri, Ertl, Enelow, and Josh Hoglund undertaken to explore ecological theater and the representation of climate change, and the process of developing the resulting play, Carla and Lewis.

ACADEMIC ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

“And if there’s no more beholder?: Acting and Surveillance,” Theater, April 2018.

“Home Theater: Louis C. K.’s Web Series Horace and Pete,” Theater, June 2017.

“The Literary Life of Performance: Emergency INDEX’s Performance Documentation Project,” Theater, April 2013.

“The Method and the Means: James Baldwin at The Actors Studio,” Theatre Survey, April 2012.

“Animalizing Performance, Becoming-Theatre: Inside Zooësis with the Animal Project at NYU,” co-authored with Una Chaudhuri, Theater Topics, March 2006.

ACADEMIC BOOK CHAPTER

“Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine,” Close Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 1: America, eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens, Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

JOURNALISM AND NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

For Film Comment:

“Feel the Love: Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis in Do the Right Thing,” feature essay, print and online, July 2019.

“The Big Screen: Peterloo,” review, print and online, March 2019.

“The Greatest Love of All,” feature essay, print, May/June 2018.

“The Kid Slays in the Picture: John Adames in Gloria,” essay, print, September/October 2017.

“Stronger Together: The Films of Joan Micklin Silver,” feature essay, print and online, September/October 2017.

“Interview: Alison Maclean and Kerry Fox,” interview, online, January 2017.

“The Great Recession,” feature essay, print and online, September/October 2016.

    Selected as one of five essays comprising the “Best Culture Writing of 2016” by Buzzfeed and listed by The Atlantic as one of the exceptional works of journalism of 2016.  

For the Criterion Collection:

“When Actors Do Double Duty,” The Current, 2018.

“Amy Wright in Wise Blood,” June 2017.

“Lindsay Crouse in House of Games,” January 2017.

For Reverse Shot, film journal of The Museum of the Moving Image:

“Stuck in the Middle: Juliette Binoche in Code Unknown,” essay, July 2019.

“Best of Enemies: Madeline’s Madeline,” review, August 2018.

“Make it Real, Make it Alive: Shonni Enelow on Listen to Me Marlon and Birdman,” essay, May  2016.

“Caught in the Act: Juliette Binoche’s Clouds of Sils Maria,” essay, October 2015.

For T: The New York Times Style Magazine: “Revel Yelp,” September 2010, print edition. “New York Botany: Highline Planting” (6/23/09), “Oakland Eclectic: Cafe Van Kleef” (6/10/09), “Soan: A Nouvelle Star is Born” (6/9/09), “Now Spinning: A Sound from an Early Grave” (5/29/09), “Second Life: The Invisible Dog Barks Again” (4/15/09), “Trash Talk: Bushwick's Junk Shop” (4/9/09), “Poetry in Motion: Ugly Duckling Presse” (3/20/09), online edition.

INVITED LECTURES AND EVENTS

“Bad TV: A Critical Conversation with Shonni Enelow and Julia Jarcho,” invited presentation, PAM Residencies (Los Angeles), 2018.

“Living Cinema: Film Comment Live,” panel discussion, New York Film Festival, October 2016.

“Affects of Surveillance: American Film Acting after 2008,” invited talk, Spectatorship in an Age of Surveillance conference, Bard College, September 2016.

“Method Acting and Its Discontents: Pathological Hypnotism in Boleslavsky and Strasberg,” invited plenary lecture, American Realism conference, Université Jean Jaurès (Toulouse, France), June 2016.

“Ron Vawter’s Roy Cohn/Jack Smith.” invited presentation, LEGACY seminar, The New Museum (New York), May 2016.

Staged reading and presentation of Carla and Lewis, “Play: A Reading Series,” NYU-AD Theater Program, NYU Abu Dhabi, February 2016.  

“Method Acting and Its Discontents: The Psycho-drama of Tennessee Williams,” invited lecture, Callaway Distinguished Lecture in Drama (co-sponsored by English, Drama, Comparative Literature, Dramatic Literature), New York University, December 2015.

“The Technology of Sweat in Tennessee Williams,” invited talk, Acting as Technology panel, The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute (co-sponsored by Theatre and Performance Studies), October 2015.

“Method Acting and Documentary,” invited talk and co-curated event, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (New York), October 2015.

Introduction to William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, invited talk, The Museum of the Moving Image (New York), September 2015.

“Stop Acting,” performance lecture/event with David Levine, Gallery TPW (Toronto, Canada), September 2015.

“‘She’s Just––Just––Perverse!’: Suddenly Last Summer, or, What Does the Actress Want?,” invited guest lecture, Bard College, October 2014.

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS

“The Power of Emotion: A Conversation with Katherine Brook and Shonni Enelow,” interview, Miranda 15, 2017, online.

“My Dinner with Bernard Frechtman,” essay/performance piece, Aufgabe 13, Litmus Press, 2014.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

Introduced screening at BAMcinematek of Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver) and The Frontier Experience (Barbara Loden), (May, 2018).

On the Film Comment podcast:  “Musical Performers on Film (April 24, 2018), “Wanda. Woman” (July 11, 2017), “Bad Scenes in Good Movies, Good Scenes in Bad Movies” (June 27, 2017),  “Terrence Malick” (April 11, 2017), “Acting for All Ages” (March 7, 2017), “Tearjerkers and Manchester by the Sea” (November 29, 2016), “Live from FF: The Living Cinema” (October 11, 2016), “American Film Acting Today” (September 7, 2016).

On The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC: “Inside the Mind of an Actor” (January 16, 2015).

SELECTED THEATER AND PERFORMANCE

Playwright, The Power of Emotion: The Apartment, directed by Katherine Brook, Abrons Art Center (New York), October 2017. Developed during two Mount Tremper Arts Residencies (Mt. Tremper, NY), May 2016 and August 2017.

Playwright, The Power of Emotion: Actresses, directed by Katherine Brook, The Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival (New York), 2015. Developed at a Chashama Summer Performance Residency (New York), 2014.

Member, Devised Theater Working Group, The Public Theater (New York), 2014-2015.

Co-conceiver and dramaturge, Acting: The First Six Lessons, by Richard Boleslavsky, directed by Katherine Brook, Experimental Theater Wing main stage production, New York University, 2013.

Dramaturge, Pink Melon Joy, by Gertrude Stein, directed by Katherine Brook, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown, MA), 2013.

Visiting Artist, Carnegie Mellon University, fall 2011; dramaturg, Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Williams, MFA thesis production, directed by Katherine Brook (Pittsburgh, PA), 2011.

Playwright, Carla and Lewis, directed by Fritz Ertl and Josh Hoglund, Incubator Arts Project (New York), March 2011. Long-term research theater project (The Ecocide Project), collaboration with Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Josh Hoglund. Workshops held at NYU, July 2010; Invisible Dog Art Center, 2010.

Writer and performer, My Dinner with Bernard Frechtman, directed by Josh Hoglund, the Invisible Dog Art Center (New York), April–May 2010; invited keynote performance, American Literary Translators Association Conference, October 2010. Previously presented at PS122, New York, 2010; Dixon Place, New York, 2009.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016: Casting/Dramaturgy, Feast of the Epiphany, independent film directed by Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert.

2010–2012: Theater and performance curator, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY.