Drama faculty member Anne Cattaneo, who teaches theater history, is the dramaturg at Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. A three-term past president of Literary Mangers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she is the recipient of its first Lessing Award for lifetime achievement in dramaturgy. She has worked widely as a dramaturg on classical plays with directors including Bartlett Sher, Robert Wilson, Adrian Hall, Jack O’Brien, Robert Falls, Mark Lamos, and JoAnne Akalaitis.
As the director of the Playworks Program at the Phoenix Theater during the late 1970s, Cattaneo commissioned and developed plays by Wendy Wasserstein (Isn’t It Romantic), Mustapha Matura (Meetings), and Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy). For the Acting Company, she created two projects: Orchards (published by Knopf and Broadway Play Publishing), which presented seven Chekhov stories adapted for stage by Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding Gray, John Guare, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller, and Samm-Art Williams; and Love’s Fire (published by William Morrow), responses to Shakespeare sonnets by Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange, and Wendy Wasserstein. Cattaneo’s translations of 20th-century German playwrights include Brecht’s Galileo and Botho Strauss’s Big and Little (Phoenix production starring Barbara Barrie, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux). In July 2011, she was awarded the Margo Jones Medal.
Cattaneo received her BA from Mills College and completed her MFA at Yale University’s School of Drama. She has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1992.