Harley Erdman, Associate Professor of Theater at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is a translator, theater historian, and dramaturg with specialties in Jewish-American theater and Spanish and Latin American theater. He has published numerous articles on the history of Jewish representation on the American stage, as well as the book Staging the Jew. His article on the Yiddish play God of Vengeance won the Kahan Award for Outstanding Essay from the American Society for Theater Research.
His translations of contemporary Latin American plays include Concepción Mora’s Mestiza Power, Arístides Vargas’ Rigoberta’s House Faces South, and Guillermo Calderón’s Demcember, as well as Spanish Golden Age plays by Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina. He is currently working on a collection of translations of plays by 17th-century Spanish women. He is a winner of the Association for Hispanic Classic Theater’s Translation Prize.
Erdman has served as Editor of the journal Theatre Topics. He chaired the UMass Department of Theater, 2002-2007.