Assistant Professor, Dramatic Literature & Dramaturgy
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Northwestern University
BA, Tufts University
Kristin Leahey served as the Director of New Works at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Resident Dramaturg at Northlight Theatre, outside of Chicago, and, prior to that post, the Literary Manager at Washington D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has freelanced as an artist with the O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, Classical Stage Company, the Playwrights’ Center, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Village Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Lark, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Victory Gardens Theater, American Theatre Company, Collaboraction, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Redmoon, New Repertory Theatre (2019-20 Scholar-in-Residence), Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Galway Arts Festival, Teatro Luna, Teatro Vista (artistic associate), Steep Theatre Company (artistic associate), and A Red Orchid Theatre, among others.
She serves as a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) executive committee and as the Editor of the LMDA Journal Review. She’s presented her scholarship at Performance Studies International, American Society for Theatre Research, Arts Patronage Conference at Oxford University, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the International Federation of Theatre Research, and American Alliance in Theatre Education (Book Awards Committee Chair). She’s served as a scholar/artist-in-residence at Weber State University, Walla Walla University, and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Her publications include articles in Theatre Topics, Theatre History, and Theatre Studies, and she has taught at Cornish College, DePaul University, the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Loyola University Chicago, The University of Texas at Austin, and Lake Michigan College.