Eric Colleary

Eric Colleary holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin, he was a visiting professor in Theatre and Dance at Macalester College in Saint Paul where he taught classes in theatre history, performance theory, sexuality studies, and public history/museum studies. He currently serves as co-chair of the American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP), and is co-chair of the communications committee for the Theatre Library Association (TLA). His article "A Queer Victorian Marriage: Henry Blake Fuller's At Saint Judas's and the 'Tyranny' of the Archival Document" was published in the journal Performing Arts Resources and he has had several reviews published in Lambda Literary, Theatre Survey and Theatre Journal.

In his position as Cline Curator of Theatre & Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center, Dr. Colleary is responsible for the interpretation and management of the center's extensive performing arts holdings. The collectors feature holdings in theater, playwrighting, dance, costume and scenic design, opera, and popular entertainments, such as circus, vaudeville, minstrel shows, puppetry and magic. Dr. Colleary co-curated the 2016 exhibition "Shakespeare in Print and Performance."

Areas of Expertise

American and British Theatre History, Dance History, GLBT and Sexuality Studies, Monastic Studies, Museum Studies, Musical Theatre History, Public History, Queer Theory, Theatre Historiography

Recent Publications

  • Writer and Editor, The American Table. 2011-Present
    A popular and ever-growing public history web blog focusing on American foodways, recipes and culture with over 150 unique visits a day and a combined social media reach of over 10,000.
    americantable.org
  • "James J. Hill House" MNopedia article.
    Wiki-style article edited and curated by the Minnesota Historical Society (January, 2016).
  • "How the Diary of Anne Frank First Made It to the U.S." Time.com/HRC Cultural Compass Blog (October 24, 2015)
  • "At the Foot of the Mountain" Pastelgram 5 (Fall, 2015)
  • "A Queer Victorian Marriage: Henry Blake Fuller's At Saint Judas's and the 'Tyranny' of the Archival Document"
    Performing Arts Resources 28 (Summer, 2011)

Recent Works

  • Stage Manager: Delirium for Two, Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Stage Manager: Herocycle, FTF Works, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Director: The Vagina Monologues, MPIRG, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Sound Designer: Amanda Tears, Teen Detective, Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Sound Designer: Have You Seen Steve Stephen?, Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Co-Director: Die Hamletmaschine, Twisted Roots Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (2007)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

The incredible students in the program - such enthusiasm, passion and talent for what they do.