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Diane Cypkin


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

  • @Pleasantville
    Choate House 256W


I teach. I do research and write. I direct and perform myself. I'm very lucky. I love it all!


BA , Brooklyn College

MFA , Brooklyn College

PhD , New York University

Lee Strasberg Master Class , Lee Strasberg Institute , 1981

Awards and Honors

  • Pace, 2017 - Sabbatical for a Semester
  • April 24, 2015 - Carol S. Russett Award--Leading Female Educator December 2014 - Donation of Personal Theatrical Memorabilia to Lincoln Center, Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and the Museum of Broadcasting
  • National Government, December 2014 - Jefferson Award for Public Service
  • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass., 2014 - Participant in Oral History Project--Posted On-Line
  • Dyson, 2012 - Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • Dyson, 2011 - Faculty Summer Research Grants
  • Pace University, 2010 - President's Extra Mile Award
  • Pace University, May 2003 - Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2000 - Member of Dyson Fellows


Cypkin, D. (2016). Book Review of Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel by Leah Garrett. Vol Nov/Dec 2016 , pages p. 4.

Cypkin, D. (2015). Book Review: The Jewish Kulturbund Theatre Company in Nazi Berlin. , pages p. 4..

Cypkin, D. (2015, March). Book Review: Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda during World War II.

Cypkin, D. (2014). Book Review: Jewish Partisans of the Soviet Union During World War II. , pages p. 4.

Cypkin, D. (2014). Book Review: The Jewish Press and the Holocaust 1939-1945. , pages p. 4.

Cypkin, D. (2014). Book Review: Through Amateur Eyes: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany. , pages p. 4.


Cypkin, D. (2013, April 21). Jacob Burns Center. Concert/Lecture "In Search of Yiddish". Jacob Burns Center, Pleasantville, New York


I write generally about speakers who have made a difference on the stage and in the world. I also do a lot of experiential learning with my students


One-woman Show: "Who Wrote that Song? Harry Warren, the Unknown Master of Melody

Many One-Woman Shows: "While You're Away: Love Songs of World War II"
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers

Many One-Woman Shows "More Musical Gems from the Yiddish Theatre"
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital]

Many One-Woman Shows "In Words and Music: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre"
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers

Many One-Woman Shows: A Celebration of the American Musical Theatre
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers in the Tri-State Area

Many One Woman Shows--A Musical Salute to Molly Picon: Star of the Yiddish Theatre
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital] Libraries & Centers in the Tri-State Area--including Lincoln Center Library Performance

Gave theatrical memorabilia to Lincoln Center Library, Yivo and the Museum of Broadcasting--collected, collated, labelled.

A One-Woman Concert/Lecture at the Yiddish Book Center
[One-woman Concert/Lecture at the Yiddish Book Center] Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

One-woman Concert/Lecture at the Jacob Burns Center
[Concert/Lecture at the Jacob Burns Center] Diane Cypkin,, Jacob Burns, Pleasantville, New York

Curator--Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star
[Exhibition Curator] Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York City

One Woman Show--My Papa Writes: Songs of the Kovno Ghetto
[Music Performance - Full Solo Recital] U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Curator--A Celebration: One Hundred Years of Yiddish Theatre in New York
[Exhibition Curator] Museum of the City of New York, New York City

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


  • WQXR Radio [Radio], 2015
    I donated some radio programs that I participated in to their library.
  • Bay Ridge, Courier-Life article in newspaper and on-line [Newspaper], August 28 2015
    Article about my one woman show: "While You're Away: Love Songs of World War II"
  • The Link News-New Jersey Paper [Newspaper], August 19 2015
    Article about my concert/lectures
  • [Internet], 2014
    Announcements of my many one-woman shows
  • Paley Center at the Museum of Broadcasting [Radio], 2014
    For many years I appeared on radio--on WEVD, etc. I continue donating my many tapes to them for research purposes--translated, organized, and labeled.
  • Dr. Samuel Leiter's On-Line Theatre Reviews "On the Leiter Side" [Internet], November 30 2014
    In his review of the theatrical production "On the Other Side of the River" by Peretz Hirshbein, Dr. Leiter--with words of high praise--recalled my production of Hirshbein's "Green Fields" in the 1970s.
  • On-Line Theatre Blog: "The Leiter Side" [Other], November 30 2014
    My directing work noted and critiqued.
  • [Internet], 2013
    Announcements of my many one-woman shows.
  • The Record--Newspaper on line edition [Internet], April 2012
    Announcement of Molly Picon show in Teaneck Library
  • Rogers Memorial Library (Southampton) Newsletter [Newspaper], April 2012
    Molly Picon concert announcement
  • Ridgefield News [Internet], March 2012
    Advertisement for Molly Picon show in Connecticut Library
  • Opportunitas [Internet], March 2012
    Article on me and Molly Picon show at Pace
  • Creative Aging Blog on "The Magic of Music" [Internet], 2011
  • Missoulian on line [Internet], June 2011
    Advertising Molly Show in Montana
  • New York Public Library--Lincoln Center Preview of Exhibit on Molly Picon [Internet], 2007


  • ACE/National Network of Women Leaders
  • Actors' Equity Association
    Performer's Union
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Historical Association
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • New Jersey Communication Association
  • New York State Communication Association
    Film and Televison Union
  • New York Society for General Semantics , January 2017


  • For Mortola Library--Human Book [Guest Speaker]
  • Pace Archive Donation of 3 Scrapbooks Noting University Shows I directed at Pace [I donated 3 scrapbooks full of photos of Administration, Faculty and Staff participating in my various Pace shows throughout the years. ]
    Desc: I wrote, cast, and directed these shows. Placing these scrapbooks in Pace's archive in New York City allows future researchers and the future Pace Community to know just what we did.


  • One-Woman Musical Concert: "Who Wrote that Song? Harry Warren, the Unknown Master of Melody
  • ARC Children's Theatre in Pleasantville [Donation of Children's Theatre Costumes]
    Desc: For many years I ran Children's Theatre. Indeed, one of my students was Alfonso Ribeiro who is best known for his leading role in the tv program "Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire." I have many, many costumes made by professional costumers. I gave many of the to ARC's Children's Theatre in Pleasantville . . . for others to enjoy them as much as I did.
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