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Meghan Duffy, PhD

I am dedicated to providing a time and place where individuals can come together to explore the ways in which creativity, collaboration, and community lead to the discovery of their unique and powerful voices.

I hold a doctorate in Theatre from the City University of New York Graduate Center.  My research on the history and theory of the art of improvisation has led to the development of my unique approach to the practice of creativity, improvisation, and actor training.  I have taught at several CUNY campuses as well as Pratt Institute and the University of Calicut in India.  As the former Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at John Jay, I devised and oversaw the creation of professional development programs for faculty members, as well as facilitating pedagogy workshops at Fordham University, Princeton University, and LaGuardia Community College.  I have also presented at several national and international conferences.

My research focuses on improvisation, pedagogy, creativity, and learning theories.  My influences are the theories of the Humanistic Psychologists, such as Maslow and May; creativity theorists, such as Runco and Csíkszentmihályi; and behavioral and neuroscience theories as outlined by Iacabonni, Zull, and Goffman.

20th Century U.S. Drama; Gender and Performance; Theories of Comedy

I have performed in every venue from Broadway to boats.  On Broadway, I appeared as Frenchy in the original Broadway production of Grease (1972-1980). National Tour credits include Trixie in The Rocky Horror Show and Gooch in Mame, starring Juliet Prowse.  I have appeared Off- and Off-Off-Broadway as Annie in The Bikinis, Ms. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Knowledge in a musical adaptation of Everyman, Lynnie in The Wonder Years, Helen in Swirl, Sissy in Something Blue, and Georgy in Georgy, a musical based on the film Georgy Girl.  Regional Theatre productions include A Christmas Survival Guide, Over Here, She Loves Me, Return to Forbidden Planet, Christmas Carol, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Beehive, Little Shop of Horrors, Jacques Brel, Godspell, Dames at Sea, for which she received a Sarah Siddons best actress nomination.  My original works include The Meghan Duffy Show, Girls Don’t, and What A Wonderful World!.  I can be heard on the Care Bear recordings, those made when we still had turntables, as well as film soundtracks record in both the US and England and the CD Sieze the Day with Russ Thacker.  I don’t like to talk about the boat.

Ph.D.  Theatre Studies (2011)
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

MPhil  Theatre Studies (2007)
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

M.A.  Theatre Studies (2007)
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Thesis:  Man, Mouse, or Monster:
Representations of Masculinities in American Melodrama

B.A. Cultural Studies (June 1999)
CUNY BA Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York


  • “Exploration and Discovery: A Trialogue Examining a Design for Innovation through the Art of Acting.” ATHE Conference, New York.
  • “Taking Their Space: How Women Can Negotiate the Playground in Improv Comedy.”  The “Funny Ladies” Panel. ATHE Conference; Chicago.
  • “Communication, Collaborative Learning, Consensus, and Competition.” Northeast Regional Collegiate Honors Council Conference; Pittsburgh.
  • Girls Don’t. Women and Theatre/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Focus Group at the ATHE Pre-Conference; Toronto.
  • “Playing C and M in Crave: A Performance Dialogue and Discussion.” Women and Theatre/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Focus Group at the ATHE Pre-Conference; Toronto.
  • “Acting C and M in Crave: A Performance Dialogue and Discussion.” Performance as Public Practice: Imagining the Future of Performance Scholarship at University of Texas Austin Department of Theatre & Dance; Austin.
  • “Are You A Man, A Mouse, or A Monster: Seeking the Masculine in American Melodrama.” ATHE Conference; New York.


  • Thomas W. Smith Graduate Scholarship
  • City University of New York Graduate Teaching Fellowship
  • City University of New York Instructional Technology Fellow
  • Atlantic Theatre Acting School
  • Players Workshop of The Second City


  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
  • Improvisation Theories
  • Improvisation for Performance
  • Theatre History
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Existentialism
  • American Identity
  • The Art of Theatre
  • Process and Pedagogy:  Teaching Strategies Workshop
  • Contemporary Ideas about Art and Self
  • Play and Performance
  • Acting Physical! Cultural Identity and Empowerment through Performance
  • Existentialism
  • Misfits and Outcasts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Testimony in Literature and Drama
  • Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll:  Political Protest and Performance that Defined America in the 1960s
  • Imagining a Future
  • Individuals in Conflict
  • Individuals in Society
  • Clashes in Culture in the Bedroom and Beyond
  • Bearing Witness to Historical Extremities in the 20th Century
  • Our Voice: Inscribing Personal Expressions In/On Public Spaces (Drama/Speech)


  • Actors Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • League of Professional Theatre Women
  • Applied Improvisation Network
  • Association for Theatre in Higher
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network
  • “International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
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