Name: Dr. Eileen Curley
Title: Associate Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 214
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2536
Personal Web Page:
Degrees Held:

BA in Theatre, Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa
MA, Ph.D in Theatre History, Theory & Literature, Indiana University


I teach American Drama I & II, Modern Drama, British Drama II, Postcolonial Drama, Intro to Theatre, Stagecraft, Honors: Performing the Nation, The Literary Traditions of Harry Potter, Writing for College and a variety of other classes. I am also the co-coordinator of English Internships. Syllabi and schedules for all courses can be accessed through the website listed above. 

For the Fall 2015 semester, I will be teaching in Florence Italy as part of the Freshman Florence Experience (FFE) Program. 

For additional information, including a full CV, theatrical portfolio, and resources for internship & job listings, please see the linked website.

Awards & Honors:

Award for Distinguished Service, Marist College, 2008


Articles & Chapters in Edited Collections:

"Parlour Conflagrations: Science and Special Effects in Manuals for Amateur Theatricals," Popular Entertainment Studies, 6.1 (2015): 26-41.

"'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 (2011): 160-168.

"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 Shot over the Bow: William Gillette and Amateur Play Piracy," Journal of American Drama and Theatre 22.3 (2010): 23-41.

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

Book Reviews:

Review of An Introduction to Theatre Design by Stephen Di Benedetto and Scene Design: Rendering and Media by Wenhai Ma. Theatre Topics 23 (2013).

Review of Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York by James Livingston. Hudson River Valley Review 27.2 (2011): 161-163.

Review of Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914 by Kim Marra. Theatre Journal 60.1 (2008): 155-156.

Review of The Shakespearean Dramaturg: A Theoretical and Practical Guide by Andrew James Hartley. Theatre Topics 18.1 (2008): 87.

Research Interests:

Nineteenth-Century Theatre of the United States and United Kingdom; Scenic Design; Gender in Performance; Amateur and Community Performance; Theatrical Architecture and Audiences; Performance of Nation and Empire.

Conferences & Workshops:

“Community-Building through Dogs and Opera: Pre-WWI Florentine Amateur Theatre.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 2015 

“Charitable Ticket Sales: The Changing Role of the Patroness System and Audience Access to Nineteenth-Century Theatricals in New York.” RAPPT, London, June 2014.

“Troubled Collaboration: Belasco, the Fiskes, and the Society Playwright, Mrs. Burton Harrison,” Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 2014

“Parlor Conflagrations: Adaptations of Theatre Technology,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington DC, August 2012 

"Effortlessly Feminine: Debutantes and Performance in Late Victorian London," Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago IL, March 2012

"Limelight in the Parlor: An Inquiry into Theatre Technology for Parlor Theatricals," Northeastern Modern Languages Association, Rochester NY, March 2012

"A Community of Amateurs: YouTube and Pedagogy," Working Session participant, American Society for Theatre Research, Montreal ON, November 2011

"Performing Ourselves: YouTube, Amateur Performance and Performance Theory in the Theatre Classroom," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August 2011

"Introduction to Theatre Textbook Enhancements," Roundtable discussion participant, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August 2011.

"Debuting in Boxes and Ballrooms: Amateur Theatricals Amid the London Season," WSAT2: What Signifies a Theatre 2: Private Theatricals and Amateur Dramatics, 1780-1900, Royal Holloway, University of London, June 2011

"The Economics of Widowhood in Nineteenth-Century Amateur Drama," Northeastern Modern Languages Association, April 2011.

Dramaturg for New Play Development Workshop production of "Turkey Day" by Matt Olsen, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2010.

"Society Column Skirmishes: Mrs. James Brown Potter's First Professional Tour," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2010.

"Surviving Graduate School and the Job Market," Roundtable discussion participant, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2010.

"An Homage to Sparknotes? Why Students Plagiarize," Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 2009.

"An Archival Travelogue through Amateur Theatre," Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2008.

"Hiring Outside Talent: When Goals and Missions Don't Mesh," Roundtable discussion organizer and participant: "Making it Up as We Go: Advising Student Theatre." Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2008.

"An Unnatural Lack of Breeches: Comedic Mother Roles and the Introduction of Female Performers in Restoration England." Women & Society Conference, October 2007.

"From New Orleans to New York to New Woman: Cora Urquhart Brown Potter's Choice to 'Go Pro.'" Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2007

"A Shot over the Bow: Gillette Takes on Amateur Play Pirates," American Theatre and Drama Society Emerging Scholars Panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August 2006

"Tainted Money? Nineteenth Century Charity Theatricals," Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre Symposium, Atlanta, GA, March-April 2006.

"Guiding the Nineteenth Century Home Performer: How Published Advice on Staging Home Theatricals Steered Amateurs Towards the Guise of Respectability," Seminar Paper, American Society for Theatre Research, Las Vegas, NV, November 2004

"Arming Innocents Against the Vampire," 28th Comparative Drama Conference, Columbus OH, April 2004

"Thanksgiving in 'America's Hometown,'" Mid-America Theatre Conference, Indianapolis, IN. March 2003

Robert of Sicily, Set/Prop Design, Bloomington Early Music Festival and Digby Mary Magdalene and Saint's Play Festival, Poculi Ludique Societas, University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, May 2003


Association for Theatre in Higher Education

American Theatre and Drama Society

American Society for Theatre Research