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Rosemary Malague

Director, Theatre Arts Program 

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts and English

Affiliated Faculty, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

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Rosemary Malague


Dr. Rosemary Malague is the author of An Actress Prepares: Women and “the Method” (Routledge 2012), the first book to conduct a feminist examination of American, Stanislavsky-based actor training traditions. Her research focuses on American theatre, feminist performance, and realist acting techniques, and her work has been published in the Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky, Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, European Stages, Digital Theatre Plus, and elsewhere.

She is a director and actor as well as a scholar, and is especially committed to the work of women playwrights. She regularly directs student productions for the Theatre Arts Program; highlights include Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls; Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal; Lisa Kron’s Well; Tina Howe’s Museum; Beth Henley’s Abundance and Crimes of the Heart; and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. Dr. Malague has also staged several metatheatrical plays, as well as new and devised works. As an actor, she has appeared in leading roles in plays by Churchill and Marina Carr.

In addition to her scholarship and practice, Dr. Malague received an Award for Distinguished Teaching from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, and was named a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  She is an active member of, and has held leadership roles in, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Women and Theatre Program.

She holds a doctorate in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a master’s degree in Theatre from Villanova University (where she was an acting scholar), and a bachelor’s degree in both English and Theatre from Dickinson College. She has received actor training at Circle-in-the Square Theatre School and HB Studio, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.



Courses Taught

spring 2024

fall 2023

spring 2023

fall 2022

ENGL 1279.401 Provocative Performance  

spring 2022

ENGL 056.401 The Play  

spring 2021

ENGL 303.401 Provocative Performance  

fall 2019

THAR 320.301 Scene Study  

spring 2019

ENGL 303.401 Provocative Performance  

fall 2018

spring 2018

fall 2017

ENGL 356.401 Provocative Performance  

spring 2017

fall 2016

fall 2015

spring 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 456.640 Provocative Performance  

spring 2013

ENGL 456.640 Provocative Performance  

spring 2012

ENGL 356.401 Provocative Performance  

summer 2011

spring 2011

ENGL 356.401 Provocative Performance  

spring 2007

spring 2006

ENGL 256.601 Dangerous Women  

fall 2005

ENGL 256.401 Acting American Drama  

spring 2005

summer 2003

ENGL 068.950 London Threatre Experience  
ENGL 271.950 Carly Churchill Seminar  

fall 2002

summer 2001

ENGL 068.950 London Theatre Experience  

spring 1996