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Jane House - Translator

Jane House, a professional actress, writer, and teacher, began translating modern Italian plays in the late 1980s and she has been a driving force in bringing the riches of Italian drama to the attention of the English reader. Her translations of plays by Vitaliano Brancati, Dino Buzzati, Roberto Cavosi, Eduardo De Filippo, Natalia Ginzburg, Dacia Maraini, Luigi Pirandello, and Pier Maria Rosso Di San Secondo, among others, appear in 20th-Century Italian Drama: An Anthology, The First 50 Years (Columbia University Press, 1994) or in the six-volume Mellen Collection of Contemporary Italian Drama 1950-2001 (2015). She co-edited both these volumes. In New Plays from Italy (2018), a two-volume collection, the Segal Center published her translations of prize-winning contemporary plays by Fausto Paravidino (The Neighbors) and Lucia Calamaro (The Origin of the World). Readings of her translations have been presented at the 2018 InScena! festival in New York City, at the Italian Cultural Institutes of NYC and London, and at Oxford University’s Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama in 2016. Jane holds a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in theatre from the City University of New York.

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