2023 CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence: Susan McCully

Associate Professor of Theatre Susan McCully was awarded the 2023 CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence Fellowship to pursue her proposed project Theatrical Representation of Climate Science for a Green Theatre Revolution. Professor McCully intends to use the fellowship to interview IMET scientists working to restore ecosystems and to dramatize the work being done at IMET in a way that helps to reframe the stories being told from alarm and doom to the understanding of natural processes and communicating that vital information through theatre. 

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Dr. Susan McCully is a queer feminist theatre-maker and playwright. Over the past thirty-years, all of her professional efforts involve advocacy for intersectional feminist and queer theatre whether through her own playwriting, performing, and teaching or through creating opportunities for others as a producer and dramaturg. From 2005 to 2012, she served as artistic director and dramaturg for the GirlParts Festival of New Plays at UMBC. Beginning in 2013, her research shifted toward developing her own work own plays. VoraciousLeah’s Dybbuk and Girls on a Dirt Pile (all produced at UMBC) were conceived specifically to create feminist and/or queer-identified roles for young actors. Susan returned to performing in her plays including Inexcusable Fantasies (Prague and New York Fringe) and Kerrmoor (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival). She has received commissions from RepStage for All She Must Possess (produced in 2018) and for her upcoming Lady MacBeth Meets Lady MacDuff Tuesday Mornings at Wait? Watchers scheduled for the 2022-23 season.