Chrystyna Dail

Chrystyna Dail

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Arts
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Theatre History
Phone:(607) 274-3924
Office:033 Dillingham Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


Chrystyna Dail teaches Introduction to Theatre, History of the Theatre I and II, and U.S. Social Activist Performance: History and Praxis in the Department of Theatre Arts.  Her research interests include U.S. social activist performance, the intersection of race and politics in performance during WWII and 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 included in the edited collection Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor published by Southern Illinois University Press (,6154.aspx).  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 as well as Performing Arts Resources.  Chrystyna is secretary of the American Theatre and Drama Society ( and a board member of Ithaca-based Civic Ensemble (  She is currently completing a monograph of the 1940s social activist performance group, Stage For Action.

Chrystyna is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  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. 




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