Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
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 Memoir; My Lovely Suicides; Crimes of Art and Terror; Mysterious Actions: New American Drama, Guest Editor, South Atlantic Quarterly; Plays, Movies, and Critics; Foreword to Sibyl Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag; Gulag 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.
- M.F.A., Yale University 1980
- B.S., Northwestern University 1976
MAO II. Director, Producer, Writer. (2002)
by Don DeLillo
Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams. Director. (2000)
by Nilo Cruz
Bliss Moon. Director. (1999)
by Dakota Powell
The Mystery of Attraction. Director. (1999)
by Marlene Meyer
Orpheus Descending. Director. (1998)
by Tennessee Williams
The New Trial. Director. (1998)
by Peter Weiss
The Bay of Naples. Director. (1997)
by Erin Wilson. Directed and dramaturged by Jody McAuliffe
Somewhere in the Pacific. Director. (1996)
by Neal Bel
The Father. Director. (1996)
by August Strindberg. Adapted by John Osborne
Rachel Carson Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Director. (1995)
by Patricia Montley