Associate Artistic Director
DR. CHELSEA PHILLIPS is a professional dramaturg and theatre historian.
As a dramaturg, she has worked with Manhattan Shakespeare Project, the for/word company, Uncut Pages Theatre, and artists from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Center, among others. Most recently, she worked with New Dramatist resident playwright J. Julian Christopher on his queer fabulist Bruise & Thorn at the 2018 PlayPenn National Conference, and with Whiting Award Winner Michael R. Jackson on his biting and hilarious 90's musical satire, White Girl in Danger. At Villanova, she has helped develop and produce new works by Owen McCafferty, Douglas Carter Beane, Kathryn Petersen, Michael Hollinger, and James Ijames.
Dr. Phillips received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Mary Baldwin University/The American Shakespeare Center, and a PhD from Ohio State University. As a scholar, her research focuses on celebrity pregnancy on the eighteenth-century London stage, currently the topic of her book project. Her most recent article, “Bodies in Play: Maternity, Repertory, and the Rival Romeo and Juliets” was published in the May 2019 issue of Theatre Survey.
She is also an associate director for the International Perceptions of Pregnancy Researcher’s Network, and co-convenes the Pregnancy and Motherhood working group for the American Society for Theatre Research. Her research has been funded by generous grants from the Folger Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, Villanova University, Ohio State University, and Coca-Cola.
At Villanova, she teaches the core Dramaturgy sequence, and has designed the special topics classes Shakespeare on Stage and New Play Development (developed with playwright in residence Owen McCafferty).