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Theater Studies

Chair

    • Jody McAuliffe
    • Chair of Theater Studies, Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Slavic and Eurasian Studies
    • Jody McAuliffe (MFA, Yale University) is a director and writer. Her literary nonfiction work, The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir, came out in spring of 2013 from University of Iowa Press Sightline Series. Most recently, she directed the world premiere of Neal Bell's Now You See Me for Manbites Dog Theater and The Birthday Party (Best Direction, Independent) for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. She is ...
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Faculty

Primary

    • Sarah T Beckwith
    • Katherine Everitt Gilbert Professor of English, Theater Studies and Religion and Professor of Theater Studies
    • Sarah Beckwith (Ph.D., University of London) has worked at the University of East Anglia and the University of Pittsburgh. Her chief interests are in late medieval religious culture, especially culture in performance. Her publications include work on medieval mysticism and gender, Corpus Christi theatre, sacramental culture, and ritual theory and practice. Her first book, Christ’s ...
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    • Claire Conceison
    • Professor of Theater Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Dr. Conceison is a director, a translator, and a scholar. Her directing work focuses on experimental contemporary plays from diverse cultural contexts, including mainland China. She is committed to "total casting" practices that seek inclusion of students from a range of backgrounds, physicalities, and experiences. Her play translations are from ...
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    • Ellen Hemphill
    • Associate Professor of the Practice
    • Ellen Hemphill is an Associate. Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Theater Studies Department. She is also Artistic Director of the professional theater company Archipelago in Chapel Hill and has taught at Duke since 1992. She is also on the Faculty of the American Dance Festival where she teaches Voice and Gesture. Ellen performed ...
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    • Jody McAuliffe
    • Chair of Theater Studies, Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Slavic and Eurasian Studies
    • Jody McAuliffe (MFA, Yale University) is a director and writer. Her literary nonfiction work, The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir, came out in spring of 2013 from University of Iowa Press Sightline Series. Most recently, she directed the world premiere of Neal Bell's Now You See Me for Manbites Dog Theater and The Birthday Party (Best Direction, Independent) for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. She is ...
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    • Jay O'Berski
    • Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
    • Jay O’Berski (M.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University/Moscow Art Theatre School) is an assistant professor at Duke University where he teaches acting, movement, improv and special topics like Black Theatre Workshop and Acting Shakespeare. Jay is artistic director of The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and an associate artistic director of Manbites ...
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    • Richard V. Riddell
    • Vice President & University Secretary and Mary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
    • Richard Riddell has had a career as a scholar, professional lighting designer, and academic administrator. A graduate of Knox College and Stanford University, he has published articles on education and the arts, design, and European theater in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Theater, The Drama Review, and other ...
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    • Bradley Rogers
    • Assistant Professor
    • Bradley Rogers (Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley) focuses on performance theory and musical theater, with secondary research interests in the relationship between theater, film, and new media; the relationships between visuality and aurality in theater; American theater; and modern theater.
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    • Jeff Storer
    • Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Jeff Storer (M.F.A., Dallas Theater Center) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Manbites Dog Theater, a professional company founded in 1986 dedicated to world and regional premieres of contemporary work. He is co-author of Indecent Materials, which opened the 1990 season at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, and has co-authored Tune ...
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Secondary

    • Thomas F. DeFrantz
    • Professor of African & African American Studies and Theater Studies
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    • Markos Hadjioannou
    • Assistant Professor of Literature and Theater Studies
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    • Keval K Khalsa
    • Associate Professor of the Practice and Theater Studies and Director, Dance Program
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    • Toril Moi
    • James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies
    • Toril Moi has three broad areas of interest: feminist theory and women's writing; the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Cavell and Austin. Toril Moi also works on theater. In her work on literature and theater she is particularly interested in the emergence of modernism in ...
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    • William Noland
    • Associate Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts and Theater Studies
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    • Joseph A. (aka Joe Ashby) Porter
    • Professor of English and Theater Studies
    • Author of eight books and editor or co-editor of nine others, as well as the New Variorum Othello in progress, of which he is Editor-in-Chief, Joseph A. Porter aka Joe Ashby Porter studied at Harvard (BA, 1964), Pembroke College Oxford (Fulbright Fellowship, 64-65) and UC Berkeley (PhD, 1972). After teaching full time at U. VA. and part-time at three other institutions, in 1980 he ...
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Visiting Faculty Fellow

Instructional

Emeritus

    • John M Clum
    • Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English
    • John Clum (Ph.D., Princeton) is the author of a number of books including Still Acting Gay: Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama (2001), Something for the Boys: Musical Theater and Gay Culture (2000), and "He’s All Man": Learning Masculinity, Gayness, and Love from American Movies (2002), and essays on Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, and Larry Kramer. He has also edited two ...
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    • Dale B.J. Randall
    • Professor Emeritus of English and of the Practice of Drama
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Staff

Theater Operations

Director of Events Management

    • Charles G Catotti
    • Director of Events Management
    • Chuck Catotti (M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has worked as a designer with area companies including Manbites Dog Theater, PlayMakers Repertory, Little Green Pig, Triangle Opera Theater, the UNC Drama Department, and the North Carolina Theater. He has worked as a lighting director for the North Carolina Center for Public Television and in feature film production for the DeLaurentis Entertainment Group ...
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Associate Director, Ticketing & Theater Operations

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    • Margaret Edenfield
    • Associate Director, Ticketing & Theater Operation
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Assistant Manager, Theater Operations

Scene Shop Supervisor

Costume Shop Supervisor

    • Kay Webb
    • Costume Shop Supervisor
    • Kay Webb (M.F.A., Ohio University) has worked in many costume/prop shops including San Francisco Opera, Sante Fe Opera, St. Louis Repertory Theater, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Her responsibilities as costume supervisor are the acquisition, construction, and implementation of all costume elements for the Theater Studies Department. Recent costume designs for the ...
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Theater Operations Staff