Sharon Carnicke

Professor of Theatre and Slavic Languages
Email Office DRC 101 Office Phone (213) 740-2202


  • Ph.D. Russian/Theatre Arts, Columbia University, 1/1979
  • M.Phil. Russian/Theatre Arts, Columbia University, 1/1977
  • M.A. Russian/Theatre Arts, New York University, 1/1973
  • A.B. Russian Literature, Barnard College, 1/1971
  • Certificate Russian Language, Moscow University, 1/1970
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor with joint appointment in Theatre and Slavic, University of Southern California, 01/01/2000 –
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1993 – 01/01/2000
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1987 – 01/01/1992
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, New York University, Department of English, 01/01/1986 – 01/01/1987
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University, Department of English, 01/01/1984 – 01/01/1986
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, Communication Arts, 01/01/1980 – 01/01/1983
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, New School for Social Research, 01/01/1979 – 01/01/1980
    • Adjunct Instructor, 92nd Street YM-YWHA, 01/01/1979 – 01/01/1980
    • Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University, Department of Slavic, 01/01/1978 – 01/01/1981
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Dr. Carnicke is the author of The Theatrical Instinct and Stanislavsky In Focus, as well as numerous articles on Stanislavsky and Russian theatre. She has translated several works and directed in New York, Los Angeles and Moscow. She received an American College Theatre Festival Award for her translation of The Seagull, a 2003 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a fellowship from the American Society for Theatre Research. She previously taught at New York University and the Moscow Art Theatre-Studio School. Dr. Carnicke is a Distinguished Fellow of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching and teaches courses in Theatre History, Stage and Film Acting Theory, and Literature.

    Carnicke’s fields of expertise include Acting Theory and Stanislavsky; Acting on Film; Russian/Comparative Dramatic Literature; Russian Ballet; Performance Studies; World Theatre History; and Literary/Dramatic Theory.

    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2001
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