Cynthia Goatley

Cynthia Goatley
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Dr. Goatley came to UNI in 1992 after teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to that time, she taught at a number of colleges and universities including: Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Trinity University in Texas, and the University of Houston. Her professional credits include performance, directing, and playwriting with a number of theatres: Teatr Wybrzeze and Maybe Theatre Company in Poland; Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, England; Red Eye Collaboration, Park Square Theatre, Penelope’s Web, Outcaste Theatre, A Leap of Faith Theatre, Brass Tacks Theatre, and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; and the Burtness Summer Theatre at University of North Dakota, among others.

Dr. Goatley spent two years teaching in Poland at the University of Gdansk having been awarded two consecutive Fulbright Scholarships. She continues to make regular trips to Poland conducting workshops and participating in projects about racism (The Ripples Project), child abuse, and ADD. Her play about ADD, Catching Butterflies, was commissioned by Teatr Wybrzeze in Poland and has since been performed by Sturgis Youth Theatre in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and in Sacramento, California. Currently, Dr. Goatley is Graduate Director of the Women’s Studies Program at UNI and has recently been recognized with a Regent’s Teaching Award.

In 2003, she was recognized by the American College Theatre Festival with a Meritorious Achievement Award in Directing for The Laramie Project. She received another Meritorious Achievement Award for directing The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. She received a Jones Commission award from The Playwrights’ Center for her play Underbodies. Dr. Goatley teaches directing, playwriting, feminist theatre, collaborative process, and others. She is currently working on an opera with Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt in the UNI School of Music, and a book about her two years teaching in Poland.

Ph.D. Theatre, Bowling Green State University