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Joseph Fahey

Joseph Fahey

Joseph Fahey

Professor at Ohio State-Mansfield


(419) 755-4276

The Ohio State University at Mansfield, 359 Ovalwood Hall
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906

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Areas of Expertise

  • Theatre Production and Administration
  • Delsarte Actor Training in America (c 1860-1910)
  • Laban Effort Actions in Actor Training
  • Cold War Theatre
  • Television Criticism


  • PhD The Ohio State University
  • MA Brandeis University
  • MA The Ohio State University
  • BA The University of Dayton

Dr. Fahey’s research and creative activity are currently primarily focused upon theatrical production and administration. Script choices, the season selection process, and the execution of the director’s concept for shows are rooted in extensive research about the style, period, themes, and cultural context for the work. He is a former editor of the journal Theatre Studies and has also published reviews of contemporary performance and texts. He has authored journal articles and academic conference presentations on the training methods of Francois Delsarte as they were incorporated into the women’s liberation activities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as contemporary actor training practices. His other areas of research have included the Theatre of the Cold War, Television Drama, movement training for the modern actor, and the use of psychological models in efforts to enhance character development. He welcomes involvement by student researchers in productions (for which they can receive THR 4000 Production Practicum course credit), and is happy to guide students toward opportunities for research in theatre history, literature, and criticism.  His essays and reviews have been published in The Mime Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Eugene O’Neill Review, and The Pinter Review.  He serves on the boards on the Children’s Theatre Foundation and the Ohio Theatre Alliance, and he is the Coordinator for Associate Respondents in the Ohio and West Virginia Circuit of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. 

Fahey CV.pdf

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