Nic Barilar

  • PhD Student

Nic is a fourth-year PhD student in theatre history and performance studies. His primary research centers on censorship and twentieth-century Irish theatre and drama. Nic’s secondary interests include queer theory, imperialism and performance, and musical theatre. He has also written and presented research on the representations and dramaturgy of violence across multiple geographies, historical periods, and theatrical genres. In addition to his PhD, Nic is working towards a graduate certificate in Western European Studies. This June and July, he will be traveling to Ireland and the United Kingdom to conduct archival research toward his dissertation thanks to the support of Klinzing Pre-Dissertation Grant and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship.

Nic counts himself as a scholar/practitioner and has found that an engagement with practice is vital to his theoretical and historical scholarship. He has held a variety of production positions. At the University of Pittsburgh, he directed Samuel Beckett’s short plays Footfalls and Catastrophe and was the assistant director for Hair. Nic is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and has performed professionally in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Alabama. This June, he will be performing the role of “Father” in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s production of Ragtime. Nic was a Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera for their 2017 season where he served as assistant director for the original Rodgers and Hammerstein revue If I Loved You… and sang in their productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Xerxes. Nic has also worked as a scenic painter for over two dozen productions. In 2010, he was recognized for outstanding achievement in projection design by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work on Clarion University’s production of RENT. In 2014, he was the dramaturg for the University of Alabama’s production of Merrily We Roll Along.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Nic has taught and/or assisted with introductory courses in acting, theatre history, and performance studies. Prior to coming to Pitt, Nic taught courses in American and British literature and rhetoric/composition. He has also led workshops on stage dialects, performing non-musical theatre songs in musical theatre settings, and using Shakespeare’s First Folio as an acting tool. Nic is also extremely proud to have founded the drama club at his high school which now presents a play every year for the community of Punxsutawney.

Representative Publications

“Stalling Time: Censorship, Sex, and Beckett’s Queer Art of Failure in Happy Days.” In Beckett Beyond ‘the Normal’. Edited by Seán Kennedy. Under review, Press TBA.

Research Interest Summary

20th Century Irish Theatre and Drama; Theatre Censorship and the Politics of Aesthetics.

Research Interests

20th Century Irish Theatre and Drama
Transnational Historiography

Education & Training

  • MA, English Literature, The University of Alabama, 2015
  • BA, English: Drama and Film Studies, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • BA, English: Drama and Film Studies, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2013