Shelley Berc

Shelley Berc (translator/adaptor of The Imaginary Invalid). Ms. Berc's previous work at the American Repertory Theater includes stage adaptations with Andrei Belgrader of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Rock, Diderot's Rameau's Nephew, The Servant of Two Masters (with Rusty Magee), and Wedekind's Lulu with Lee Breuer. Ms. Berc also collaborated with Belgrader and Magee on a new musical adaptation of Molière's Scapin for the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her plays include Dual Heads, Burn Out, and Shooting Shiva. Her play A Girl's Guide to the Divine Comedy was published by John Hopkins Press in 1995. Ms. Berc's plays and adaptations have been performed at the Women's Project, CSC Repertory, St. Louis Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Odyssey Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Festival. Her plays and essays have been published in the Drama Review, Performing Arts Journal, TCG's Plays in Progress, and Theatre Magazine. She has held several grants and awards, including two Lila Wallace Reader's Digest "New Young Audiences" commissions, a McKnight fellowship in playwriting, an NEA Opera/ Music Librettist fellowship, and an artist's residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's center in Bellagio, Italy. Ms. Berc is the Professor of Playwriting at the University of Iowa. Her first novel, The Shape of the Wilderness, was published by Coffee House Press in 1995.