Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Jody McAuliffe
  • Jody McAuliffe

  • Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
      • Box 90680, Durham, NC 27708-0680
      • 109D Page, Professor of the Practice, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 660-3363
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  • Overview

    Jody McAuliffe (MFA, Yale University) 

    Award-winning director, writer, adapter, dramaturg, translator, scholar and teacher whose artistic work has been seen across the country. Her directing combines theater, film, documentary, literary adaptation, dramaturgy and the development of new work. Her writing encompasses multiple genres: short fiction; film, literary, and cultural criticism; literary non-fiction; a novel. 

    Directing Credits: Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre, Manbites Dog Theater, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Burning Coal, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance Institute, L.A. Theatre Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Private Theatre. Member SDC.  

    Publications include The Mythical Bill, A Neurological MemoirMy Lovely Suicides; Crimes of Art and TerrorMysterious Actions: New American Drama, Guest Editor, South Atlantic QuarterlyPlays, Movies, and Critics; Foreword to Sibyl Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan SontagGulag Follies in Ethics and Images of Pain (an essay about her theatrical adaptation of Shalamov's Kolyma Tales); Reflections on a Director's Process, Afterword to Peter Weiss’s The New Trial.  Short fiction in South Atlantic Quarterly. Literary Imagination, and Southwest Review.  Reviewed theatre for Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine.  

    Currently adapting Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist in collaboration with Jim Findlay, Rachel Jett, Jess Barbagallo, and Paul Lazar in residence at Abrons Art Center, New York, in 2017.   Collaborators include Don DeLillo, Wole Soyinka, Sibyl Kempson, Frederick Neumann, Neal Bell, Allan Havis, Nilo Cruz, Erin Cressida Wilson, Clay Taliaferro, William Noland, Joseph L. Guindi, Barbara Hammond, Marlane Meyer, Julie Hebert, Donald Margulies, Anna Deavere Smith, Lewis Black, Robert Auletta, Reynolds Price, Tug Yourgrau, Young Jean Lee, Megan Mostyn Brown, Kat Ramsburg, David Hilder.  Her adaptations have been produced at Manbites Dog Theater.

    As chair of theater studies, she revived the professional producing arm of the department, Theater Previews, and presented New Works Labs by Sibyl Kempson and Barbara Hammond (both New Dramatists) and hosted The Builders Association for a workshop with freshmen in the Focus program she created--Liveness: Digital Media & Performance. Received a Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Grant to study new play development at Scotland’s Traverse Theater.  Convener of the Mellon funded Humanities Writ Large Performance and Integrated Media; Guest Director and Guest Faculty at the National Theater Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center; Director of the Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship Program which she created; Guest Artist at Great Plains Theatre Conference; National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow at the Mark Taper Forum and member of the Directing Workshop for Women at American Film Institute. Her video screened at AFI, North Carolina Museum of Art and festivals.  She was Associate Producer on Metromedia Producers' Tom Cottle. Up Close.

    As a Duke Faculty Fellow in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, she hosted a panel on domestic terrorism with Tim Nichols, Executive Director, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program, and Fellows after a performance of her adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent from the point of view of Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber: The Perfect Detonator.  Most recent projects include directing Genne Murphy's Giantess for Great Plains Theatre Conference, Barbara Hammond's We Are Pussy Riot for Theater Previews at Duke (also dramaturg), The Wild Duck at Duke University, and dramaturgy for Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag at Abrons Art Center in New York City. 

    She is a recipient of Duke’s Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award.











  • Education

    • M.F.A., Yale University 1980
    • B.S., Northwestern University 1976
  • Awards and Honors

    • Collaboration Development Grant. Council for the Arts., 2016
    • Faculty Research Grant. Arts & Sciences Council ., 2016
    • Grant. Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation ., 2015
    • Duke Faculty Fellowship. Innovation & Entrepreneurship., 2014
    • Humanities Writ Large, Performance and Integrated Media. Mellon Foundation., 2012
    • Best Direction, The Birthday Party, Independent Weekly. Independent Weekly., 2011
    • Collaboration Development Grant, Duke University Council For The Arts. Duke University Council For The Arts., 2010
    • Franklin Center Fellowship, Innovating Forms. Franklin Center., 2009
    • Visual Studies Initiative. Unknown., 2009
    • Provost's Common Fund. Unknown., 2008
  • Professional Activities

    • Outreach
      • Emerging Artists panel, Durham Arts Council. Panelist. 2016
    • Service to the Profession
      • Emerging Artists Panel. Durham Arts Council. 2016
      • Dean's referee on promotion for Northwestern University. 2015
      • external reviewer for promotion, Old Dominion University. May 15, 2012
      • external reviewer for tenure appointment, UCSB. December 24, 2008
      • Emerging Artists Panel. Durham Arts Council. 2008
      • external reviewer for tenure at SUNY Buffalo, George Mason University, and Northwestern University. 2006 - 2014
    • Presentation
      • Guest Director, Guest Faculty. National Theater Institute. Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 2016
      • Mainstage Responder, Theatre Workshop Instructor, PlayLab Director. Great Plains Theatre Conference. 2016
      • Guest Artist, PlayLab Panelist Theatre Workshop Instructor. Great Plains Theatre Conference. 2015
      • Guest Director, Guest Faculty. National Theater Institute. Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 2015
      • Guest Artist, PlayLab Panelist, Theatre Workshop Instructor. Great Plains Theatre Conference. 2014
      • Literature in Music & Music in Literature, "Use of Music in the Stage Adaptation of Shalamov's Kolyma Tales". April 10, 2013
      • The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir. April 10, 2013
      • In the Process: Technology, Liveness & Stage/Screen Synthesis. March 13, 2012
      • The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killers by Rebecca Kricheldorf, staged reading, Theatrical Translation as Creative Process: A Conference/Festival, Process Series, UNC/Duke, 2012. November 29, 2011
      • Gatz: 10 Years After 9/11. November 17, 2010
      • TCG/ITI - US: Focus Group on International Exchange - Training for the World Stage. May 19, 2010
      • Duke Arts Weekend Creative Arts Panel, Moderator. November 10, 2009
      • Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008), Screen/Society Panel Discussion. November 10, 2009
      • Documenting the Pain of Others, Gulag Follies. The Second Nomadikon Meeting. University of Bergen, Norway. July 6, 2009
      • Roundtable Discussion: Images of Pain/Painful Images. The Second Nomadikon Meeting. University of Bergen, Norway. July 6, 2009
      • Film/Video/Digital Capstone,On Directing Actors. March 22, 2009
      • Ibsen's "Ghosts". March 22, 2009
      • RODINA (documentary short). December 24, 2008
  • Selected Publications

  • Selected Grants

    • Gulag Follies 2008 - 2009
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