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Jody McAuliffe, Chair of Theater Studies, Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jody McAuliffe
Office Location:  109D Page Auditorium
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3363
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Research Interests: Directing, Literary & Cultural Criticism, Literary Nonfiction, Documentary

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 a co-convener of the working group Performance & Integrated Media, a recipient of a Humanities Writ Large Mellon grant and a Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award. Other publications include: Gulag Follies in Images of Ethics & Pain (Routledge 2012), My Lovely Suicides (a novel) (2007) Crimes of Art and Terror (with Frank Lentricchia, 2003); Mysterious Actions: New American Drama, Guest Editor, South Atlantic Quarterly (2000); Plays, Movies, and Critics, Editor (1993). Adaptations: The Italian Actress; My Lovely Suicides (Semi-Finalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Center National Playwrights Conference), Manbites Dog Theater Other Voices Series. Literary criticism: Journal of Modern Literature; South Atlantic Quarterly; Reflections on a Director's Process, afterword to The New Trial, by Peter Weiss (2001). Fiction: South Atlantic Quarterly; Literary Imagination; Southwest Review. Former National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow at the Mark Taper Forum, she has developed and directed new plays nationally and regionally: Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction, Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory, and The Rule of Fate at Manbites Dog Theater; Neal Bell's "Shadow of Himself," New Play Summit, Denver Center Theater. In New York, she directed the English-language premiere of Heiner Muller’s Philoctetes; on the west coast she directed Sleeping Dogs by Neal Bell at Mark Taper Forum and Haut Gout by Allan Havis at South Coast Repertory; on the east coast Otherwise Engaged and The Road to Mecca for Virginia Stage Company, The Front Page for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; regionally, world premieres at Burning Coal (Lydia Stryk’s Safe House) and Manbites Dog Theater (Neal Bell’s Somewhere in the Pacific). As part of Duke Previews, a professional producing entity, she developed and directed Nilo Cruz’s Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Megan Mostyn-Brown’s Going After Alice, and her own adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Mao II, a multimedia premiere starring Fred Neumann of Mabou Mines. She has developed and directed new plays at Sundance Institute, L.A. Theatre Center, Old Globe, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival at the Magic Theater. She directed her translation of Andreyev's He Who Gets Slapped and her translation/adaptation of Gogol's Inspector General--The Special Prosecutor-- at Duke, and developed her translations of Andreyev's The Idea and Chekhov's Seagull with New York Theatre Workshop. As a member of the Directing Workshop for Women at American Film Institute, she wrote, produced and directed a short film, My Man Ray, screened at AFI and festivals on both coasts. Her documentary short about a gulag survivor, Rodina, screened at Duke and her documentary short with Elizabeth Davis, Goin’ A Buffalo, screened at Center For Documentary Studies. She has been a regular reviewer of New York theatre for The Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine. A member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, she is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Teaching (Fall 2014):

    Bryan Center 127, Tu 06:30 PM-08:30 PM
Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • THEATRST 255S.01, DIRECTING Synopsis
    East Duke 209, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:35 AM

MFAYale School of Drama
BS with Highest DistinctionNorthwestern University
Pushkin InstituteMoscow, U.S.S.R.

Literary & Cultural Criticism
Curriculum Vitae
Selected Production Credits

    Directing Credits

  1. DROWN, by David Hilder, MainStage, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Guest Artist, PlayLab Panelist, Theatre Workshop Instructor, 2014
  2. The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at Common Ground Theatre, 2011
  3. Now You See Me by Neal Bell, World Premiere, Manbites Dog Theater, 2011
  4. The Rule of Fate by Marlane Meyer, Other Voices, Manbites Dog Theater, 2009
  5. Shadow of Himself, by Neal Bell, New Play Summit, Denver Center Theater, 2007
  6. Safe House, Burning Coal Theatre Company, 2004
    by Lydia Stryk, World Premiere
  7. MAO II by Don DeLillo, Theater Previews at Duke, 2002
    adapted, co-directed, and produced by Jody McAuliffe with Theater Previews at Duke and the Department of Theater Studies
  8. Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams by Nilo Cruz, Theater Previews at Duke, 2000
  9. The Mystery of Attraction by Marlene Meyer, Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory, 1999
  10. Somewhere in the Pacific by Neal Bell, Manbites Dog Theater Company, 1999
  11. Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, Duke University, Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, 1998
  12. The Knee Desires the Dirt by Julie Herbert, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Magic Theatre, 1995
  13. The Front Page, by Hecht & MacArthur, NC Shakespeare Festival, 1992
  14. Accelerando by Lisa Loomer, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 1991
    World Premiere
  15. Otherwise Engaged by Simon Gray, Virginia Stage Company, 1991
  16. The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, Virginia Stage Company, 1989
  17. Heartbreaker by Donald Margulies, Sundance Institute Playwrights Lab, 1989
  18. Piano by Anna Deavere Smith, LabWorks, Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1988
  19. Haut Gout by Allan Havis, South Coast Repertory, 1987
    West Coast Premiere
  20. Dakota's Belly, Wyoming by Erin Wilson, New Works Project, Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1987
  21. Souvenir by Jayne Anne Phillips, Mark Taper Forum Cabaret, 1986
  22. Sleeping Dogs by Neal Bell, New Theatre For Now, Mark Taper Forum, 1985
  23. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World, Taper Literary Cabaret, 1984
  24. Emigres by Slawomir Mrozek, Theatre/Theater, 1983
    Director and Designer, West Coast Premiere
  25. Philoctetes by Heiner Muller, The Open Space, New York, 1981
    English Language Premiere
  26. Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht, Yale School of Drama, 1980
  27. Interludes by Allan Havis, Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts, New Haven, 1978
    World Premiere

    Dramaturgy Credits

  1. Ten Below by Shem Bitterman, Sundance Institute, 1989

    Film Credits

  1. RODINA, director/editor, Scenes of Secrecy Interdisciplinary Inquiries on Suspicion, Intelligence and Security, Duke University, 2008
  2. GOIN' A BUFFALO, director/editor, Center for Documentary Studies, 2008
  3. My Man Ray, American Film Institute, 1988
    Directing Workshop for Women, produced, adapted & directed by Jody McAuliffe

    Other Production Credits

  1. The Italian Actress, adapted by Jody McAuliffe, Little Green Pig, Other Voices, Manbites Dog Theater, 2009
  2. My Lovely Suicides, by Jody McAuliffe, Little Green Pig, Other Voices, Manbites Dog Theater, 2007
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1.  The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir.  Sightline Series University of Iowa Press, (2013).
  2.  My Lovely Suicides (a novel).  Ravenna Press, (2007).
  3. Jody McAuliffe and Frank Lentricchia. Crimes of Art and Terror.  University of Chicago Press, (2003).
  4.  Plays, Movies, and Critics.  Duke Press, (1993).
  5. Jody McAuliffe and Frank Lentricchia, translated into Turkish by Ayrinti Yayinlari. Crimes of Art and Terror. (2005).
  6. "Mysterious Actions: New American Drama."  Guest Editor South Atlantic Quarterly  (Spring/Summer 2000).
  7. "Standing on End."  short story Southwest Review  (1989).
  8. "The Imaginary Letters of Heinrich von Kleist to the Poet Holderlin."  fiction Literary Imagination  (Winter, 2001).
  9. "Mythical Bill: An Inordinately Bright, Dreary Life." Topograph: New writing from the Carolinas and the landscape beyond  (2010).
  10. "Gulag Follies." Ethics & Images of Pain  (2012).
  11. "Enda Walsh - med unik scenisk fantasi." Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine  (2011).
  12. "Lucia Joyce as Cordelia and the Fool." Journal of Modern Literature  (2005).
  13. "Boos etterkommere (Descendants of Boo)." Vagant Magazine, Norway  (2006).
  14. with Frank Lentricchia. "Groundzeroland." South Atlantic QuarterlyDissent from the Homeland: Essays after 9/11  (2003).
  15. William Noland. "The Image World of Mao II."  contains my notes on William Noland's images South Atlantic Quarterly  (2003).
  16. "Reflections on a Director's Process."  afterword to The New Trial, by Peter Weiss, translated by James Rolleston with Kai Evers   (2001).


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