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Theater Studies

    Jay O'Berski
  • Jay O'Berski

  • Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
  • Theater Studies
  • 03C Page Auditorium
  • Campus Box 90680
  • Office Hours: By appointment. Email me!
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  • Specialties

    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Dramatic Literature
  • Research Description

    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 Dog Theater. His work has been seen in New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Moscow (Russi), San Miguel Allende (Mexico and Port-au-Prince (Haiti). Recent directing credits include A STEADY RAIN, THE LOWER D'S, MISTERIOSO (Duke); GLASS, NIGHT OF THE BEAST, WESTERN MEN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, EUROPE CENTRAL, FISTFUL OF LOVE, and GOIN' A BUFFALO (Little Green Pig); THE OVERWHELMING, THE MAN WHO, SHOPPING & FUCKING, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, BACK OF THE THROAT (Manbites Dog); BOSTON MARRIAGE (Ghost & Spice). Acting credits include ANARCHIST!, JANE EYRE, THE ITALIAN ACTRESS (Little Green Pig); BUDDY COP 2, THOM PAIN, DYING CITY, AGE OF AROUSAL, THE PILLOW MAN (Manbites Dog); SUPERIOR DONUTS, ENDGAME (Deep Dish Theatre).
  • Education

      • MFA-Acting,
      • Carnegie-Mellon University/Moscow Art Theatre School,
      • 1997
      • BA in Theatre,
      • Theatre,
      • Michigan State University,
      • 1992
  • Recent Publications

      • Jay O'Berski.
      • Middleton & Rowley's THE CHANGELING.
      • Palgrave-Macmillan,
      • May, 2012.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley is a luridly sensual dramatic work which was highly regarded in its day, but then largely forgotten until its revival three hundred years later. This timely Handbook: • offers a detailed theatrical commentary which tracks the motivations of the capricious characters and explores performance possibilities • examines the cultural conditions that gave rise to the play, juxtaposing them with the conditions of the twentieth century • analyses early performances as well as later stage and film productions • presents key critical debates and assessments of The Changeling.

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  • Teaching

    • THEATRST 145S.02
      • ACTING
      • Branson 100
      • MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • THEATRST 242.01
      • Branson 100
      • MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM