Denise Asfar holds an honors B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature from Princeton University; an M.A. from Brown University in Teaching English; and CT teaching certificates in French, English, and Latin.
At ETS (Educational Testing Service) for over 30 years, she developed material for tests of students and teachers of French and Theater; and directed French and English recordings of professional voice-over actors for multi-media testing programs.
On the adjunct Arts and Sciences faculty of Rider University’s Westminster Choir College, she taught courses in French language, French reading and translation, and dramatic literature.
Her background in French literature—and life-long passion for theater—have inspired her development of over 20 new courses in classical theater, French for Opera-Lovers, and French language, which she taught at the Princeton Adult School, as well as several mini-courses on French film, which include the classic Cyrano de Bergerac.
As amateur thespian, her rôles include the female lead Elmire, in an all-French production of Tartuffe (also featuring her future husband of 42 years!) at the Princeton Inn Theater.
Her publications and essays include: Teachers’ materials for textbooks in French language instruction; theater and music articles for local newspapers (The Princeton Packet’s Time Off, Princeton University’s Daily Princetonian); a translation (with Gabriel Asfar) of Musiques Cubaines; Princeton University’s Alden Prize essay on Albert Camus’s Noces; and a New Yorker-sponsored short story contest-winner, “A Case of La Grande Dame.”