Jody McAuliffe

Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies

External address: 
109D Page, Professor of the Practice, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90680, Durham, NC 27708-0680
(919) 660-3363

Jody McAuliffe (MFA, Yale University) Publications: The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir (2013); My Lovely Suicides (2008), Crimes of Art and Terror with Frank Lentricchia (2003); New American Drama, Guest Editor, South Atlantic Quarterly; Plays, Movies, and Critics (1993); Gulag Follies in Ethics and Images of Pain (2012); ; Lucia Joyce as Cordelia and the Fool, Journal of Modern Literature (2005); Reflections on a Director's Process, afterward to Peter Weiss’s The New Trial (2001). Fiction:"Grave Love" (South Atlantic Quarterly); "The Imaginary Letters of Heinrich von Kleist to the Poet Holderlin" (Literary Imagination); "Standing on End" (Southwest Review). Former National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow at the Mark Taper Forum and member of the Directing Workshop for Women at American Film Institute.  Directing Credits: Mark Taper Forum, Manbites Dog Theater, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Burning Coal, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance Institute, L.A. Theatre Center, Private Theatre. Member SDC.  She is a recipient of Duke’s Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award.


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

McAuliffe, J. The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir. University of Iowa Press, 2013.

McAuliffe, J. My Lovely Suicides (a novel). Ravenna Press, 2008.

Lentricchia, F, and McAuliffe, J. Crimes of Art and Terror. University of Chicago Press, November 1, 2003.

Plays, Movies, and Critics. Ed. J McAuliffe. Duke Press, 1993.

McAuliffe, J. "Bozo’s Circus." Litscapes: Collected Writings 2015. Ed. CM Alvarez. Normal, IL: Steerage Press, May 2015. (Essay)

McAuliffe, J. "Gulag Follies." Ethics & Images of Pain. Routledge, 2012.

McAuliffe, J. "Mythical Bill: An Inordinately Bright, Dreary Life." Topograph: New writing from the Carolinas and the landscape beyond. Ed. J Jackson. Novello Festival Press, 2010.

McAuliffe, J. "He Sings the Body Tinterotic." Frank Lentricchia: Essays on his Fiction. Ed. TD Pietro. Guernica Editions, 2009.

McAuliffe, J, and Lentricchia, F. "Groundzeroland." Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after 9/11. Duke Press, 2003.

McAuliffe, J. "Reflections on a Director’s Process." The New Trial. Ed. P Weiss. Trans. K Evers and J Rollerston. Duke University Press, 2001. (Afterword)

McAuliffe, J. "The Church of the Desert: Reflections on The Sheltering Sky." Plays, Movies, and Critics. Duke Press, 1993.

McAuliffe, J. "Enda Walsh - med unik scenisk fantasi." Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine (2011).

McAuliffe, J. "Maly Theatre of St. Petersburg’s production of Uncle Vanya." Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine (2010). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "The Wooster Group - La Didone." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2009). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Faulkners romanunivers til scenen." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2008). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Teater som inkvisisjon." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2008). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Den ultimate feminist." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2008). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Fire korte av Beckett." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2008). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Mesterlig av Caryl Churchill." Norsk Shakespeare Og Teater-Tidsskrift (2008). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Boos etterkommere (Descendants of Boo)." Vagant Magazine, Norway (September 2006). (Review)

McAuliffe, J. "Lucia Joyce as Cordelia and the Fool." Journal of Modern Literature (2005).


McAuliffe, J. "The Neurology of Ninfa." Italy, Italy (1999).

McAuliffe, J. "American Dreaming: 1492." Duke Magazine (May 1992).

My Man Ray. Director, Producer, Writer. (1988)

Goin' A Buffalo. Director. (2008)


GOIN' A BUFFALO. Center for Documentary Studies

RODINA. Director. (2008)


Scenes of Secrecy Interdisciplinary Inquiries on Suspicion, Intelligence and Security, Duke University

My Man Ray. Director, Producer, Writer. (1988)

Camouflage. Composer, Director. (1992)

Roe's Bouquet. Director. (1992)

Tapestry Room opera project. Dramaturg. (2018)

Eleanor/In Her Own Words. Consultant. (1985)


KCET/Taper Media

Dr. Ruth. Producer. (1981)


MGM Television

Tom Cottle, Up Close. Producer. (1981)


1981 - 1982. Metromedia Producers.

Now You See Me. Director. (2010)


by Neal Bell

The Beatification of Area Boy. Director. (2010)


by Wole Soyinka

Skies, Cries, Mysteries and Some Horses. Actor. (1992)


Two Evenings of Dance by Clay Taliaferro

Lizzadro. Actor. (1991)

Hans und Zuruck. Director. (1987)


by Hindemith

Giantess by Genne Murphy. Director. (2016)

The Wild Duck. Director. (2016)

We Are Pussy Riot by Barbara Hammond. Director, Dramaturg. (2016)

Drown by David Hilder. Director. (2014)


Great Plains Theatre Conference, Guest Artist, Workshop Instructor, Mainstage Reading Director, PlayLab Panelist

The Perfect Detonator. Director, Writer. (2014)

Lear. Director. (2013)


by Young Jean Lee

Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag. Dramaturg. (2013)


by Sibyl Kempson, Duke Theater Previews New Works Lab

The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killers. Director. (2012)


by Rebecca Kricheldorf


A Stampede of Zebras. Director. (1996)


National Science Foundation Betacam SP Video

Academic Integrity: The Bridge to Professional Ethics. Director. (1994)


National Science Foundation. Betacam SP Video