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About Beth Cleary

Cleary's primary research and production interests are in North American theater and political performance, women playwrights and performers, playwriting and puppetry.
Her article on Naomi Wallace's In the Heart of America appeared in the Spring 2002 Journal of American Drama and Theatre.
Cleary has directed Wallace's Slaughter City and The Retreating World, both at Macalester, and she is writing a book about Wallace's work.
Cleary has directed readings of new works by Jerome and McKnight Fellows at the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center. Cleary's own recent plays, Findings Uncertain: A Play about Adoption in Three Pieces, and Break: A Short Play about Women and Work, have received readings at the Playwrights'Center in Minneapolis.
She is currently researching African American performance under the 1930s Federal Theater Project and is co-authoring a book on the Buffalo Historical Marionettes of the WPA. She has written on political performance from the 1960s and feminist dance performance dealing with incarceration.
Cleary has worked with and studied the internationally known Peter Schummann and The Bread and Puppet Theater of Vermont.
EDUCATION: BA Middlebury College; M.A., PhD University of California, Berkeley.
Cleary has been teaching at Macalester since 1993.


Present Associate Professor, Theater and Dance, Macalester College

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Contact Information

Macalester College
Theater 114
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6281


Journal Articles (8)

Plays and Playwriting (4)

Contributions to Books (3)

Directing and Dramaturgy (21)