Pamela Brown Lavitt

MA '95, PhD (ABD) '01

Pamela Brown Lavitt

Pamela Brown Lavitt has been director of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival - one of the largest in the US - since 2005, and has run a theatre that produces 45 global music, comedy and theatre shows and spoken word and culinary programs annually. She received two undergraduate degrees from Duke University and completed her Masters and PhD coursework in Performance Studies at New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, where she served as Assistant Editor of "The Drama Review" under Professor Richard Schechner and taught in the English and Drama Departments. In addition to teaching at University of Washington, Pamela's public projects include serving as oral historian for the Jewish Women’s Archives and as a scholarly researcher and contributor to exhibits at The New York Jewish Museum and Seattle's Museum of History and Industry. Pamela has published numerous scholarly articles on the history of Jews in vaudeville and popular culture.

Education

New York University

PhD - Performance Studies, ABD

New York, New York

 

New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York

 

Duke University

Bachelor of Science - Zoology 

Durham, North Carolina

 

Duke University

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Durham, North Carolina

 

Published Works

• "Last of the Red Hot Mamas: Coon Shouting and the Jewish Ziegfeld Girl," American Jewish History 87.4 (1999) 253-290. Issue editor: Joyce Antler.
• "Jews in Vaudeville," Jews in American Popular Culture Volume 2. (Praeger, December 2006). Editor: Paul Buhle.
• "Vaudeville," Enzyklopeadie Juedischer Geschichte und Kultur, 2015.
• Contributor to Jewish in Seattle Magazine (SAGA City Media)