University Place, Syracuse University
Jan Cohen-Cruz

Department of Drama

Jan Cohen-Cruz is senior editor and co-founder of Public: A Journal of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of some 100 colleges and universities committed to campus-community partnerships through the arts, humanities, and design, located at Syracuse University. 

She wrote Local Acts: Community‑Based Performance in the US and Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response; edited Radical Street Performance; and, with Mady Schutzman, co‑edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics.

As a longtime professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Cohen-Cruz produced community‑based arts projects, including one on community gardens and another on gentrification. She also directed the minor in applied theatre and Tisch’s Office of Community Connections, and was among the founders of the Department of Art and Public Policy. She co‑conceptualized/co‑initiated HOME, New Orleans, collaborating with local universities, artists, and other residents, experimenting with art’s role in the revitalization of “home” as dwelling, neighborhood, and New Orleans itself. She received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement (2012).