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Individual: Leon Katz

Leon Katz (July 10, 1919 - January 23, 2017) was professor emeritus of drama at Yale University. He was a playwright, dramaturg, and scholar. Katz was best known for his interviews with Alice B. Toklas, the companion of Gertrude Stein, which he conducted over the period from November 1952-February 1953. In addition to Yale, where he was co-chairman of the School of Drama's Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Katz taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, UCLA, Cornell, Stanford, Columbia University, Vassar College, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Giessen in Germany, and the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory in Bulgaria (of which he was a founding member, and which was renamed in his honor in 2008), among other institutions. Israeli theatre director Rina Yerushalmi was among Katz's master's students at Carnegie Mellon, and went on to direct two of his adaptations of The Dybbuk (Toy Show and Shekhina: The Bride) at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the early 1970s.
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