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Claudia Zelevansky
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Claudia Zelevansky is a theater director, educator, and arts administrator. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, Claudia has worked at theaters all over the country and taught at Oberlin College, Bard College, CUNY, and both her alma maters. She was Associate Artistic Director of Dallas Theater Center for three seasons, a Fellow in Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Service in Schools Initiative, and a research associate with the Research Center for Arts and Culture. She currently works as an arts consultant, doing strategic planning and design for arts organizations and cultural districts.

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Literary Relatives

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:31 PM

In June of 2012, the wonderful Nora Ephron died, and I wrote a piece about her impact and influence on me. I have, on paper, a ton in common with her: we are both from literary, hyper-verbal families, both born into non-religious but culturally Jewish communities, I grew up three...

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Breathing Room

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Sometimes I get anxious.

There's some understatement to that. In fact, those of you who know me well are probably already laughing. And anxiety is in concept funnier than depression, probably because it tends to manifest in more energy. You're not in bed. You're carrying the bed around in...

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Beat the Heat. (No, Really, Please Beat It.)

(16) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 9:08 AM

I just counted, and I have lived through 25 summers in New York City. Despite volumes of experience, I have never learned to handle it. The only other area in my life where I've shown this kind of zero facility was 10th grade Geometry. Theorems? I still don't know.


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Looking for David Addison

(4) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 10:58 AM

One early spring day in 1987, fulfilling a secret promise I had made to myself and my wall of laminated photos some months before, I drank an airplane bottle of orange liqueur with my 13-year-old best friend while her mother was at work. And then I called ABC Studios in...

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Training Day

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:05 PM

On one very ordinary Tuesday, I temporarily forgot everything I stand for and signed up for the free personal training session at my gym. In my defense, I was seduced.

A little background: I am often approached by trainers, as I suspect many slightly lumpy people on elliptical machines...

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This Is 39

(148) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 12:30 PM

I am one month away from the end of being 38 years old.

That's a convoluted way of saying that in a little over a year, I will be 40. FORTY. I remember when my dad was about to turn 40, he was in a bad mood for months....

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Barack Should Play Ball

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:30 PM

For the last 12 days, Democrats have been coping. By coping, I mean:

1. Panicking
2. Justifying
3. Rationalizing
4. Freaking out
5. Preparing
6. Arguing
7. Avoiding
8. Overeating

And often, at least in my social group:

9. Coming up...

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A Letter From Nora

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Never be afraid of anything.

Nora Ephron didn't say that. I mean, she may have, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if she did, but I'm actually quoting another woman here. Another seriously tough, smart woman who, like Nora Ephron, seemed unusually equipped for living. But even though Nora...

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