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Barbara Naomi Cohen-Stratyner

Barbara Naomi Cohen-Stratyner, American curator. Shubert Foundation fellow, 1977-1978, Smithsonian Institution fellow, 2000.


  • Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara Naomi was born on March 5, 1951 in New York City. Daughter of Maxwell Tillman and Cecelia (Spivakowsky) Cohen.

  • Education

    • AB, Barnard College, New York City, 1972. Master of Fine Arts, New York University, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1980.


    • Professional costumer opera companies, New York City, 1972-1977. Costume coordinator Theatre Development Fund, 1974-1976. Editor Dance Data Dance Horizons, 1976-1978.

      Editor The Bookwoman Women's National Book Association, 1987-1988. Editor Performing Arts Resources Theatre Library. Association, since 1980.

      Freelance exhibition curator, since 1986. Curator of exhibitions New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York City, since 1987. Faculty fashion history Parsons School Design, New York City, since 1987.

      Consultant Shubert Archive, New York City, since 1987, Barnard College Centennial, New York City, since 1988, Carnegie Hall Centennial, New York City, since 1989. Board directors Museum Accessibility Consortium.


    • Author: Biographical Dictionary of Dance, 1982, Popular Music: 1900-1919, 1988, Ned Wayburn and the Development of the Routine Structure, 1998. Co-author: (with Alice Hudson) Heading West, Touring West: Mapmakers, Performing Artists, and the American Frontier, 2001. Contributing editor Contemporary musicians, since 1989.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Judaism


    Public service writer Gay Men's Health Crisis, New York City. Fellow Royal Society Arts. Member American Association Museum (treasurer diversity coalition), International Council Museum, New York Museum Council, Museum Education Roundtable (board directors since 1993, vice-chair publications since 1994), Theatre Library.

    Association (editor since 1980), Mid-Atlantic Association Museum (board directors).




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    Born March 5, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1972
      Barnard College
    • 1974
      New York University
    • 1980
      New York University
    • 1972 - 1977
      Professional costumer opera companies
    • 1974 - 1976
      costume coordinator, Theatre Development Fund
    • 1976 - 1978
      editor Dance Data Dance Horizons
    • 1980
      editor Performing Arts Resources Theatre Library Association
    • 1986
      freelance exhibition curator
    • 1987 - 1988
      editor The Bookwoman Women's National Book Association
    • 1987
      curator of exhibitions New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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