Stacey Connelly earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. In graduate school, her work with Dr. Marvin Carlson re-connected her with German language and culture. Additional courses at Indiana and the Goethe Institute prepared her for advanced study in German theatre and a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study in Berlin. There she researched modern German playwrights and directors, culminating in a dissertation on the intersection of theory and politics in the works of playwright Bertolt Brecht and director Erwin Piscator.
Dr. Connelly continues to research and write about German theatre, political theatre, and theatre-in-education. Her years as a visiting professor in Chicago exposed her to a wide range of theatrical styles and organizations, igniting her interest in dramaturgy. As dramaturg, she’s worked on over twenty-five plays; as a director, she’s staged over fifty productions for various university, community, and professional theatres. In 2019, in partnership with Trinity’s International Programs office and IES Abroad, Connelly was one of three professors to launch a seven-week summer study program in Berlin, featuring courses in German theatre and literature, and excursions to Munich, Wittenberg, and Dresden.
Ph.D. in Theatre History/Theory/Criticism and Directing, Indiana University
M.A. in Theatre, Indiana University
B.F.A. in Drama/Speech Education, University of Oklahoma
“The First-Year Experience: Theatre as a Tool in Transdisciplinary Teaching.” New Developments in Teaching Theatre Arts, 2nd edition. Anne Fliotsos and Gail Medford, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 117-136.
“Peer or Professor: Faculty Actors in University Productions.” Co-authored with Dr. Susanna Morrow. Theatre/Practice, Vol 3 2014.
"Difficult and Dangerous Dialogues: Islamophobia, Interrogation, and Torture," Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance, Spring 2008.
"Theatre and the Power of Memory," an address to the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival, Baylor University, October 2007.
"Via Crucis: The San Fernando Passion Play," Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, October 2006.
“Playing for Time: Nelson Jewell and the HIV Ensemble.” Theatre Topics March 1997, Vol. 7, No. 1, 59-76.
“Brecht’s Out-of-Town Tryout: The World Premiere of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Theatre History Studies, Vol. 17, 93-119, 1997.
"William Henry West Betty: Classical Actor, Romantic Ideal." Theatre Southwest, Spring 1996.
Play Structure and Analysis
Acting I and II
History of Theatre
First-Year Experience: Social Justice
Seminar on Theatre Between the Wars
Seminar on German Theatre
Special Topics in Performance: Contemporary Realism
Community Service & Involvement
Director of Theatre, 2018-present
Trinity’s Workload Task Force Committee
Staff director and dramaturg, AtticRep Theatre
Director of Theatre, 2008-2011
Director of Trinity Theatre’s Drama in the Classroom program
Member of Council on Teacher Education
Community service & Involvement
Educational consultant, Edgewood Independent School District
Educational consultant, North East Independent School District
Adult educator and lector, the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation
Director of theatre, 2008-2011
Staff director and dramaturge, AtticRep Theatre
Director of over thirty productions, including You Can't take it with You, Booth, and Pride's Crossing for Trinity theatre
Director of Just a Kiss and Blackbird for AtticRep