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: Abrons Arts Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance Institute, L.A. Theatre Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Burning Coal, Manbites Dog Theater, 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.
Resident Artist at Abrons Art Center, New York, she adapted and directed Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist (also part of Duke Performances season) in collaboration with Jim Findlay, Rachel Jett, Jess Barbagallo, and Tanya Selvaratnam. Recent projects include dramaturgy on The Tapestry Room opera project with David Lang and Sibyl Kempson (2018 premiere at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), directing Barbara Hammond's We Are Pussy Riot for Theater Previews at Duke (also dramaturg), and dramaturgy for Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag at Abrons Art Center in New York City. 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, Young Jean Lee, Megan Mostyn Brown. 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 work has 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.
She is a recipient of Duke’s Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award.
- M.F.A., Yale University 1980
- B.S., Northwestern University 1976
Visual Studies Initiative. Unknown. March 2009
Provost's Common Fund. Unknown. July 2008
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. "Ibsen in practice, relational readings of performance, cultural encounters and power." Studies in Theatre and Performance 36.1 (January 2, 2016): 98-99. Full Text
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)
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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)
Giantess by Genne Murphy. Director. (2016)
The Wild Duck. Director. (2016)
We Are Pussy Riot by Barbara Hammond. Director, Dramaturg. (2016)
Anatomy of a Hug by Kat Ramsburg. Director. (2015)
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)
Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag. Dramaturg. (2013)
by Sibyl Kempson, Duke Theater Previews New Works Lab
Lear. Director. (2013)
by Young Jean Lee
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