Chrystyna Dail

Chrystyna Dail

Associate 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, U.S. Social Activist Performance: History and Praxis, Senior Seminar and the Theatre Studies Capstone in the Department of Theatre Arts. Her research interests include U.S. social activist performance following WWII, 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 a 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. She has recently completed an essay about 1940s U.S. director Margo Jones for a forthcoming eight-volume book series, Great North American Stage Directors and is currently writing a book about witches and witchcraft on U.S. stages during the 19th and 20th centuries. 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 as well as Performing Arts Resources

Chrystyna is Field Conversations Co-Coordinator for the American Society for Theatre Research conference (, the chair of the Committee on Mentorship for the American Theatre and Drama Society (, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. 









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