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Description: This workshop is designed to provide hands-on practice at translation for the theatre and a forum in which to discuss that work, as well as theoretical issues specific to translating theatre. Participants will be selected based on working knowledge of both English and French and proof of committed interest to translation as a creative activity.
Group translation work will be combined with independent translation work. Each participant will complete an independent project of a work they choose in consultation with Prof. Postlewate.
  1. The workshop will meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from May 22-June 8 and will run from 10 AM to 1 PM. The meeting place is the Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 75006. (Exact dates: 5/22, 5/23, 5/25, 5/29, 5/30, 6/1, 6/6, 6/7 and 6/8.) These sessions will be devoted to the following activities:
  • Collective translation into English of three plays written in the French language.
  • Discussion of that work and of individual translations done out of session.
  • Group readings of translations.
  • Conversations on performances of the plays which we will attend together.  
  • Discussion of current theoretical and critical models for translating theatre.
  1. Participants will attend four theatre performances with other workshop members; these will be the three works being translated in the workshop + another play.
  2. Optional excursions and theatre outings will be made available to participants every Wednesday which is otherwise a day to do independent work and catch up on reading.
  3. Weekends are free for participants to travel or enjoy Paris.
  4. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Center for Translation Studies of Barnard College and a letter of reference from Prof Postlewate.
  5. Participants will receive by May 1, 2017 a packet of readings which will include the texts of the three plays that we will translate together.
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students who have fluency in English and a solid working knowledge of French.
Workshop cost: $100 activity and materials fee. The costs of the workshop (instruction, theatre outings, materials) are covered by a generous grant from the Geen Family Foundation.  (Perhaps see if other entities would contribute a small amount, like the Provost’s Office, the French Department, etc.)
Housing: There is limited availability for room and partial board at FIAP Jean Monnet, 30 rue Cabanis, Paris 75014. Please contact Loren Wolfe at the Columbia Global Centers | Paris for details on housing:  Please note that housing and board are not included in the regular costs for the workshop and participants are responsible for their housing arrangements and payment. (Some financial assistance is available for current students of Barnard College; see below.)
Travel arrangements: All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
(Some financial assistance is available for current students of Barnard College; see below.)
Application and deadlines: For an application to the workshop please contact Professor Laurie Postlewate of the French Department of Barnard College at
The deadline for application to the workshop is: April 20, 2017
Please note that this workshop will be limited to 12 participants who will be selected on the basis of linguistic preparedness and motivation.
Financial Assistance: Barnard College is able to provide limited financial assistance for travel and housing for students currently enrolled at Barnard College. Please notify Prof. Laurie Postlewate if you are interested.
Professor Laurie Postlewate has been Senior Lecturer in the French Department of Barnard College since 1997. She teaches Advanced Translation workshops as well as courses in the literature and culture of medieval and Renaissance France. She is the translator of works from both medieval and modern French, including most recently the novel Joseph by Marie-Hélène Lafon which received a 2016 French Voices translation award from the French Cultural Services.

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