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Marist College
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Theatre history, nineteenth-century theatre, amateur theatre, gender, performance studies, theatrical design history
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About Me

Eileen Curley is a theatre historian who specializes in amateur performance and nineteenth-century theatre of the US and UK. She is Chair and Associate Professor at Marist College in the interdisciplinary English department. She also serves as Editor in Chief of Theatre Design and Technology, the quarterly journal of USITT. She holds an MA and PhD in Theatre History from Indiana University and a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College.

Recent Publications

“Parlor Conflagrations: Science and Special Effects in Amateur Theatricals Manuals,” Popular Entertainment Studies 6.1 (2015): 26-41.

“Amateur Economies: Widowhood and Marriage for Amateur Performers,” in “To Have or Have Not”: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modern Theatre, edited by James Fisher, (McFarland & Co., 2011): 41-56.

“Recording Forbidden Careers: Nineteenth-Century Amateur Theatricals” in Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance, edited by Glen McGillivray, (Peter Lang, 2011): 229- 248.

“’a most dreadful position’: Amateur Reputations in a Professional World,” PAR 28: A Tyranny of Documents: The Performance Historian as Film Noir Detective: Essays Dedicated to Brooks McNamara, edited by Stephen Johnson, 28 (2011): 160-168.

“A Shot over the Bow: William Gillette and Amateur Play Piracy,” Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 22 no.3 (2010): 23-41.

“Tainted Money? Nineteenth Century Charity Theatricals,” Theatre Symposium: Theatre and Moral Order, 15 (2007): 52-73.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States & United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
North America, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Gender, Material Culture, Women