Chrystyna Dail teaches Introduction to Theatre, History of the Theatre I and II, Social Activist Performance: History and Praxis, and Theories of Comedy and Tragedy in the Department of Theatre Arts. Her research interests include U.S. social activist performance, the intersections of race and politics in performance during the Cold War, labor theatre, 20th century Ukrainian theatre, and witchcraft on the American stage. Her chapter "Driving Race Work: the UAW, Detroit, and Discrimination for Everybody!"is forthcoming in the edited collection Conspicuous Work: Theatre, Performance & History in Process published by Southern Illinois University Press (Jan 2015). 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 as well as Performing Arts Resources. She was the lead archivist for the collection of Broadway lighting designer Peggy Clark at the Library of Congress between 2004 and 2007 and serves as the conference co-coordinator for the Theatre History Symposium at the Mid-America Theatre Conference (www.matc.us). Additionally, Chrystyna is the secretary for the American Theatre and Drama Society (www.atds.org) and is a board member of Ithaca-based Civic Ensemble (www.civicensemble.org). She is currently working on a book-length manuscript of the 1940s social activist performance group, Stage For Action.
Chrystyna is a member of Actors’ Equity Association as well as a director and choreographer. During her ten year stint in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region she performed with the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, and American Century Theatre as well as various regional and touring companies.