BiographyHillary Miller specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century drama, with interests in theatre post-World War II in the United States, performance and urban development, and contemporary playwriting. Her book, Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists, features interviews with writers of award-winning stage plays and celebrated television shows reflecting on the successes and challenges of being a playwright in the post-network television era.
Her first book, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York (Northwestern University Press, 2016), considers how the framework of municipal and fiscal crisis shaped theatre practices in 1970s New York. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Theatre Journal, Performance Research, The Radical History Review, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and Lateral.
She is assistant professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. She has taught writing, theatre, and oral communications at Baruch College (CUNY), Stanford University, and California State University, Northridge. Previously the Assistant Director for the Summer Writers Lab at Long Island University, Brooklyn, she worked in literary development at Vox3 Films (Steven Shainberg), Young Playwrights, Inc., and Boynton Films.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Theatre post-World War II in the United States, performance and urban development, queer theatre, contemporary playwriting.
Published: Jul 07, 2019 by Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Authors: Hillary Miller
The theatre classroom is necessarily a space in dialogue with myths about the marginalisation of theatre as an art and theatre audiences as a public. It is precisely because theatre is a marginalised discipline that curricula should incorporate the processes by which the labour of theatre artists changes value and joins the mainstream; playwrights employed in television offer a relevant study of just that.
Published: May 01, 2017 by Theatre Survey
Authors: Hillary Miller
The preview performance of Julie Bovasso’s Angelo's Wedding on 11 May 1985 imploded after an altercation between the playwright and the staff of Marshall Mason's Off-Broadway Circle Repertory. Bovasso, then almost fifty-five years old, attended the performance against the explicit wishes of the production team; the rehearsal period had been fraught. At the start of the third act, Bovasso alighted the stage and instructed the audience to leave the theatre.