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Chrystyna Dail

Associate Professor and Director of ICC, Theatre Studies
School: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Phone: 607-274-3924
Office: Dillingham Center 004g, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Theatre History, Theatre Studies

Chrystyna Dail, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Studies and Director of the Integrative Core Curriculum. Her area of specialization is Theatre History, with research interests in US social activist performance, labor theatre, 20th century Ukrainian-American performance, and the representation of witches in performance.

Her book, Stage for Action: U.S. Social Activist Theatre in the 1940s, is part of the Theater in the Americas series published through Southern Illinois University Press. Her chapter, "Driving Race Work: the UAW, Detroit, and Discrimination for Everybody!" is included in the edited collection Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor. Additionally, her chapter on Margo Jones is included in the eight-volume book series, The Great North American Stage Directors published through Methuen Drama. She is currently writing a book about theatrical stagings of the Salem witchcraft crisis by female-identifying artists .

She has presented her research at ATHE, ASTR, IFTR, MATC, ALA, and SEA and has published with the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Arthur Miller Journal, Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, Modern Drama as well as Performing Arts Resources

Chrystyna is the Book Review Editor of Theatre Survey, which is published through Cambridge University Press and is a theatre history journal chartered through the American Society for Theatre Research. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Office Hours: Please email for an appointment. Student meetings are always welcome!