Dr. Yana Meerzon is an Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in drama and performance theory, practical dramaturgy and adaptation, theatre semiotics and communication, theatre of exile, and cultural and interdisciplinary studies. She has completed a study on Michael Chekhov's acting theory and pedagogy, A Path of the Character: Michael Chekhov's Inspired Acting and Theatre Semiotics, in 2005. Her research project “Theatricality and Exile” has been sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her manuscript Performing Exile – Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film is published by Palgrave, 2012. She has co-edited two books on a similar subject: Performance, Exile and ‘America’ (with Dr. Silvija Jestrovic, Warwick University) Palgrave, 2009; and Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations (with Dr. J. Douglas Clayton, University of Ottawa) Routledge, 2012. Her most recent publications include: History, Memory, Performance (co-edited with Dr. David Dean and Kathryn Prince) Palgrave 2015; and recently published (summer 2015) Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov, co-edited with Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu. Her articles appeared in New England Theatre Journal, Slavic and East European Journal, Semiotica, Modern Drama, Theatre Research in Canada, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Canadian Theatre Review, and L'Annuaire théâtral.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research interests and methodologies reflect my personal and professional biography.
A native speaker of Russian and a former citizen of Soviet Russia, today I work in the bilingual environment of University of Ottawa in Canada, in three languages: English, French, and Russian. This linguistic diversity informs my professional interests marked by theatrical and scholarly traditions of my home and adopted countries. During my academic career, I have been studying the work of Michael Chekhov and historical avant-garde; I looked at the issues of theatricality and exile and intercultural performance theory, with more recent focus on Canadian theatre and immigration; trained theatre semiotician I am also interested in new methodologies of drama and performance analysis today. Fostering research in the fields of diasporic studies, exile, and immigration as these social, economic, cultural and personal conditions are reflected in literature and performing arts has been my major academic and pedagogical focus for the last decade.