Bio / contact

Hillary blank backgroundHillary Miller is a writer and teacher from Flatbush, Brooklyn, currently residing in Los Angeles. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre at California State University, Northridge, and was previously a Lecturer in Stanford University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC). Her book, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York (Northwestern University Press, 2016), looks at theatre and performance during the 1974 fiscal crisis in New York. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Theatre Journal, Performance Research, The Radical History Review, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her playwriting has been produced in venues in New York including the Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, Manhattan Theatre Source, and HERE Arts Center, in addition to three international Fringe festivals (New York, Edinburgh, Washington D.C.).

She received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Theatre History Focus Group Debut Award and a doctoral research grant for her project Lewis Mumford’s Dramatic Writing (Graduate Center, CUNY). Other fellowships and awards while at the Graduate Center include a Digital Fellowship (2012-2013), a GC New Media Lab grant for Geographies of Performance in New York City, and a Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Fellowship (Baruch College). 

Her plays have been named as semi-finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (The Hovering and Jimmy Carter’s Table), the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers (Sylvie Ann), and the Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition (The Hovering). She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and her BA in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College. In 2013, she completed her Ph.D in Theatre with a focus on the sociology of culture from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

She has taught writing, theatre, and oral communications at numerous universities including Stanford University, Baruch College, and Marymount Manhattan College. Previously the Assistant Director for the Summer Writers Lab at Long Island University, Brooklyn, she has worked in literary development at Vox3 Films (Steven Shainberg), Young Playwrights, Inc., and Boynton Films. 

hillaryemiller AT gmail DOT com