Associate Artistic Director
DR. CHELSEA PHILLIPS is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Artistic Director of Villanova Theatre, a theatre historian, and a professional dramaturg. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Mary Baldwin University’s partnership program with The American Shakespeare Center, and a PhD from Ohio State University.
As a scholar, her research focuses on women and the eighteenth-century theatre. Her current book project is entitled Carrying All Before Her: Celebrity Pregnancy and the London Stage, 1689-1800 and is under contract with University of Delaware Press. Her research has been funded by generous grants from the Folger Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, Villanova University, and Ohio State University. She is 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.
As a dramaturg, she has worked with Pulitzer-Prize winner Michael R. Jackson, J. Julian Christopher, Jonathan Spector, the PlayPenn National Conference, the Polyphone Festival of New Musicals, 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. At Villanova, she has helped develop and produce new works by Owen McCafferty, Douglas Carter Beane, Kathryn Petersen, Michael Hollinger, James Ijames, and Julia Izumi.