Dr Alex Cahill

Dr Alex Cahill

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


PhD in Theatre - University of Missouri (2015)
PGCE in Online Education - University of Missouri (2015)
MLitt in Ancient Drama - University of Glasgow (2011)
BA in Theatre Arts - University of Iowa (2010)
BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature - University of Iowa (2010)

Teaching interests

Theatre and Performance 402 - Introduction to Theatre
Theatre and Performance 403 - Performance Praxis 1
Acting Programme

Research interests

The relationship between theatre and the Catholic Church
Ancient Greek Drama
The intersection between online education and theatre

Creative practice & artistic projects


The Proper Execution of the Playwright William Shakespeare, by Camilla Maxwell, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Associate Director with Dr. Cheryl Black, University of Missouri (2014)

Edge, by Emily Brauer Rogers, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

Hot Coffee, by Emily Brauer Rogers, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

Zoo, by Amanda Newman (concert reading)
Mizzou New Play Series, University of Missouri (2014)

Posh Potatoes, by Bradley Stephenson (concert reading)Mizzou New Play Series, University of Missouri (2014)

The Defeat of Grandfather Devil, translated and adapted by Josefina NiggliThe University of Missouri Libraries and Department of Theatre (2013)

Not I, by Samuel BeckettUniversity of Missouri (2012)

God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2012)

Play, by Samuel BeckettUniversity of Iowa (2010)

Not I, by Samuel BeckettUniversity of Iowa (2010)

Quintelligiate, by Lauren Baker (world premiere)University of Iowa (2010)

Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, City Circle Acting Company, Iowa (2010)

Hard and Fast, by Jess Foster (concert reading)University of Iowa (2010)

How Catherine D__ Got Her Expression, by Lisa Leaverton (world premiere) (2010)

Visiting, by Clark McFerrenUniversity of Iowa (2009)

Triptych, by Lauren Baker (world premiere) 200910 Minute Play Festival University of Iowa (2009)

Pollyanna, by Susan Pargman, Regina Junior High School, Iowa (2008)

Scapino, by Frank Dunlop & Jim Dale, Regina Junior High School, Iowa (2007)


Cahill, A. No Crown without the Cross: The Formation, Existence and Deconstruction of the Catholic StageGuild of Ireland. Under contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Cahill, A. “The Theatrical Double Reflexivity Complex: How the Spectator Creates Metatheatre.”Studia Dramatica. (Forthcoming)

Cahill, A. Review of Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theatre in Shakespeare’s Time byGarry Wills. Theatre History Studies Vol. 35 (2016). Forthcoming.

Cahill, A. Review of Costuming Greek Tragedy by Rosie Wyles. Theatre Survey 55.2 (May 2014),277-9.

Cahill, A. Review of Shakespeare and the Shrew: Performing the Defiant Female Voice by AnnaKamaralli. The Shakespeare Newsletter 63:1, no. 289 (Summer 2013), 27-8.

Cahill, A. Review of Dion Boucicault: Irish Identity On Stage by Deirdre McFeely. Studies in Theatreand Performance 33.3 (September 2013), 397-8.


“Playing Catholic: The Catholic Priest on the American Stage” (2014) Association for Theatre in Higher Education (invited paper)

“The Land of Regretted Dreams: Success in America for Immigrant Playwrights” (2014) Association for Theatre in Higher Education (invited paper)

“The Wicked Ways of Good King Alfred’s Opposition” (2014) Missouri Valley History Conference (invited paper)

“Medieval Guilds: Religious? Political? or Somewhere in Between?” (2014) Mid America Medieval Association (invited paper)

“Playing with the American Woman Identity" (2013) Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (invited paper)

“American Women’s Identity: The Possibilities through Performance” (2013) Central States Communication Association Conference (invited paper) 

“American Woman, Stay Away from Me! and Other Ridiculous Notions” (2013) Women and Gender Studies Conference, University of Missouri

“Tailoring History to Satisfy the Different Modalities of Learning” (2012) Inspired: Facilitating Student Creativity Workshop (poster session), University of Missouri


Iben [Cahill], A. “Replacing Fear with Faith.” The Catholic Messenger 27 April 2011.

Iben [Cahill], A. “When Two or More Are Gathered in My Name.” The Catholic Messenger 20 April