Catherine Sheehy

Professor of the Practice

DFA

Catherine Sheehy, Professor in the Practice, is the Chair of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama and Resident Dramaturg at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the past six seasons, she has been dramaturg for the Yale Institute for Music Theater. She teaches Criticism Workshop, Comic Theory, Satire, Restoration & 18th-Century British Comedy, and American Comedy on Stage and Screen. Her most recent Yale Rep dramaturgy credits include Happy Days, ElevadaThese Paper Bullets!In a Year with 13 Moons, and The Winter’s Tale. She is a founding member of New Neighborhood, a theater and television company. She has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, the Berkshire Theatre Group, The Public Theater, Signature Theatre Company, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, in New York and Ireland with the late Joseph Chaikin, at Baltimore’s Center Stage with Irene Lewis, for four seasons as Festival Dramaturg at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and for television through HBO. Her adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was produced at Asolo Repertory Theatre and Dallas Theater Center. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Village VoicePlaybillTheater Three, and Parnassus. She has also written guest articles for numerous regional theater programs. She is a former associate editor of American Theatre Magazine and a former editor of Theater Magazine. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. After completing her MFA, she received her doctorate from Yale School of Drama in 1999 for her dissertation: If You Care to Blast for It: Excavating the Lost Comic Masterpieces of the American Canon.