Eleanor Owicki is a dramaturg and theatre historian. She received her B.A. in History and Theatre History from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Performance as Public Practice program at the University of Texas. She teaches in the Performance Studies Department at Texas A&M University, where she recently dramaturged Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief. Her dramaturgical work in Austin included John Ford’s Tis Pity She’s a Whore with 7 Towers and productions of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Euripides’s Trojan Women, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel and a new adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, all at the University of Texas. Earlier in her career, Eleanor completed internships with New Georges in New York and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California.
As a dramaturg, Eleanor conducts historical research and literary analysis to help her collaborators understand and tell the stories of the plays they produce. She also works with playwrights to shape developing scripts. Her scholarly research focuses on theatre and the Northern Irish peace process, and she has published articles and reviews in journals including Theatre Symposium, Theatre Journal, and Eccumenica.