Carole Zucker is from New York City, where she began her acting career. She studied Drama at Clark University in Massachusetts as an undergraduate, and then went on to graduate studies in Theater at the State University of New York at Binghampton (where she studied with Arthur Lessac, amongst others.) Carole then went to graduate for her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University. She has taught film studies at Concordia University for over 30 years (where she is now a Professor Emerita,) and has developed a large range of courses. Carole has written for most major film journals, such as: Cineaste, CineAction, Cinema Journal; The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies; Literature/Film Quarterly; Postscript, and many others, and Carole’s books have been reviewed by Film Quarterly; Film Studies Journal of Canada; Stage; American Drama Review; Times Higher Education; Playbill; Edinburgh Journal of Philosophy; Gothic Studies Journal; The Dublin Times, and elsewhere. Carole has spoken about performance (amongst other subjects) at conferences across the US, Canada, Ireland, and Sweden. Her work, both as a teacher and writer, has been instrumental in the development of the field of Performance Studies internationally. Carole has studied acting at both the HB Studios in New York as well as The Neighborhood Playhouse and appeared as an actor in a multitude of off-off Broadway plays and regional theater.

Books: Carole Zucker has written 7 books, as well as interviewing over 100 actors and directors. One of Carole’s interviews was extracted in The Sunday London Times, with a readership of 2 million. Her books include:

  •   Neil Jordan: Interviews (Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 2013.)
    • The Cinema of Neil Jordan : Dark Carnival (London: Wallflower/Columbia University  Press, 2008.)
    • Conversations with Actors: on Film, Television, and Stage Performance (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Drama, 2002.)
    • In Company of Actors: Reflections on The Craft of Acting (London: A & C Black/Bloomsbury, New York: Routledge, 2000.)

    The interviews from In The Company of Actors were edited by the author so that they read like a seamless narrative rather than a Q & A format.

    • Figures of Light: Actors and Directors Illuminate the Art of Film Acting (New York: Plenum/Da Capo Press, 1995.)

    Cited in Oxford Bibliographies as a “must to read” for the craft of film acting.

    • Making Visible the Invisible: An Anthology of Original Essays on Film Acting. Editor, introduction, contributor.(Metuchen, NJ.:Scarecrow Press, 1990.) 

    Cited in Oxford Bibliographies as a “must to read” for Acting.


    Grants: Carole has received four major grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council between 1991 and 2006 to support her work on performance, on Irish cinema and work on the Irish filmmaker, Neil Jordan.Carole is also beginning work on a new project, a book on the great acting teacher, Stella Adler. It will be called: The Work of Stella Adler: Teacher, Philosopher, and Creator. She received the 2013-2014 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities to carry out her research at The University of Texas in Austin, where Adler’s archives are kept.

    Carole was honored to have a recently published issue of the online film journal Offscreen/Hors Champs dedicated to her and her work on performance. It is a double issue devoted to acting for film. You can find the dedication, as well as a short article by Zucker on David Lynch’s Inland Empire in the online journal Offscreen/Hors Champs,Volume 16, Issue 9-10, October 2012.