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 2015, her playwriting work focused on creating feminist and/or queer identified work for young actors at UMBC–Voracious (2015), Leah’s Dybbuk (2015) and Girls on a Dirt Pile (2019). Susan returned to performing in her plays including Inexcusable Fantasies (Prague and New York Fringe) and Kerrmoor (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival). In 2018, RepStage commissioned her play about Etta Cone entitled All She Must Possess. She is currently developing a play about climate justice with EnActe Arts in Silicon Valley.