Hillary Miller is a writer and teacher from Flatbush, Brooklyn, currently residing in Los Angeles. She is assistant professor in theatre at California State University, Northridge, where she serves as coordinator of the M.A. program in Theatre Studies. Her book, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York, was published in 2016 by Northwestern University Press (winner, 2017 John W. Frick Book Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society; winner, 2017 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, given by the American Society for Theatre Research).
Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Theatre Journal, Performance Research, The Radical History Review, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail. 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).
She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance from the Graduate Center (City University of New York), an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a B.A. in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College. She has taught writing, theatre, and oral communications at numerous universities, including Baruch College (CUNY) and Marymount Manhattan College. From 2013-2015, she was a Lecturer in Stanford University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC).
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.). 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). Previously the Assistant Director for the Summer Writers Lab at Long Island University, Brooklyn, she worked in literary development at Vox3 Films (Steven Shainberg), Young Playwrights, Inc., and Boynton Films.