Associate Professor

53 Mac
Telephone: 651-696-6281

Professor Cleary teaches at the intersection of performance practice, histories and theory, and her theatre productions allow students and collaborators to join her in this exciting inquiry.


Directing and Devising
Performance Methods as/and History
Political Theatre
Feminisms in Performance


Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints
Directing and Devising
Performing Feminisms
Staging Hard Times
Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities
Oral Histories in Performance


Director, The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Macalester College, Spring 2016

Director, Naked Stages Experimental Works, piece by Emily Zimmer ‘00.  Venue:  Pillsbury House Theatre, December, 2013.  

Co-Deviser with Wynn Fricke and student collaborators, RATIONS:  a new performance about food and eating.  April, 2013.

Director, staged reading of The Way of Water, by Caridad Svich, as part of the world-wide readings project marking the 2nd anniversary of the BP/Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  A  Frank Theatre/Macalester THDA collaboration, April, 2012.

Director, The Inland Sea, by Naomi Wallace. Macalester College. U.S. Premiere.
November, 2011.

Director, staged reading of And I And Silence, by Naomi Wallace. Eclipse Theatre
Company, Chicago, IL, August, 2011.

Director, 12 Ophelias: a play with broken songs, by Caridad Svich. Macalester
College, April, 2011.

Director, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, by Dario Fo. Macalester College, April

Director, 2.5 Minute Ride, by Lisa Kron. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, St.
Paul, MN, April, 2009.

Director/Dramaturg, Seven Jewish Children: a play for Gaza, by Caryl Churchill.
In collaboration with Frank Theatre, Minneapolis, and for performances at several
venues, Spring, 2009.

Director, The Witness Project: 3 Plays about Power and the State (Pinter, Fornes
and Churchill). Macalester College, April, 2008.

Director, Cherry Docs, by David Gow. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, St. Paul,
MN, October, 2007.

Director, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Carson Kreitzer. Macalester
College, April, 2007.


The Lost Show:  Tender, Tender, Tenderly and Yugo-nostalgia," in Barnett, Dennis, ed. (2016) DAH Theatre:  A Sourcebook,  Lexington Books.

“Crucial Unspeakables, or Pedagogies of the Repressed: Directing Sex in the Plays of Naomi Wallace,” in Cummings & Abbitt, eds.(2014) The Theatre of Naomi Wallace:  Embodied Dialogues, Palgrave Macmillan.

Performance Review, How Can you stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?,
Ralph Lemon Dance Company, Theatre Journal, V64, No2, 2011.

Performance Review, Maggie’s Brain, dir. Paul Herwig and Jennifer Ilse, Off-Leash
Area Productions, March 2006; publ. Theatre Journal, Winter 2007.

“Class Dismissed” and “Grace in Neverland” (poems), Artist and Influence, Hatch,
Amos & Blum, eds. Vol. XXV, 2006. NY: Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc.

Performance Review, Come home, Charley Patton, Ralph Lemon Dance Company,
Theatre Journal, V. 57, No. 4, December 2005.

Excerpt from Findings Uncertain in The Playwrights’ Center: Monologues for Men.
NY: Heinemann Publishing, 2005.

Excerpt from Break in The Playwrights’ Center: Monologues for Women. NY:
Heinemann Publishing, 22005.

Break (one-act play), XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, No. 13, Fall, 2003.

“Haunting the Social Unconscious: Naomi Wallace’s In the Heart of America,” Journal
of American Drama and Theatre
, Spring 2002.


Participant, Oral History Summer School, Studs Terkel Archives, Chicago. Summer, 2016. 

Participant, Northwoods Writers' Conference. Summers 2015 and 2016.

Participant, Taos Summer Writers' Conference. Summers 2013 and 2014

Participant, DAH Teatar International School for Actors and Directors, Belgrade,
Serbia. Summer, 2011.

Certified Practitioner, Global Somatics Process and School for Movement Education,

Certified Teacher, American Viniyoga Institute. 25+ year practice.


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Director/Scholar Program of the
Dramatic Art Department. Dissertation: ‘Making the gods’ voices yell: Performing
Theories of the Bread and Puppet Theatre

M.A., University of California at Berkeley, Dramatic Art

B.A., Middlebury College