Jeffry Casey, PhD, studied English literature and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he later earned an MA in creative writing.
He holds a PhD in interdisciplinary theatre studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scholarly research interests include gender and sexuality in modern and contemporary American theatre, performance, and media, as well as representations of Muslims in American theatre and performance. His current book project, entitled Bachelor Parties, Bromances, and the Brokeback West: Male Friendship in Post-Closet American Culture, focuses on male friendship in American culture. His scholarly articles have appeared in Theatre Topics, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Ecumenica.
He is a playwright and theatre director and most recently directed an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial at UW-Madison’s Fredric March Play Circle. His original plays and performance work have been featured at UW-Madison’s University Theatre Open Stages, the UW Arts Institute’s Inside Story Festival, Mercury Players Theatre, and the Marcia Légère Play Festival. He co-curated the art exhibition Unstable Systems at the UW Art Lofts in the spring of 2012, and his site-specific performance piece Odd Coupling, a Discourse on Friendship with Occasional Reference to Michel de Montaigne was part of the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial. Jeff is the director of Norwich’s Pegasus Players. He enjoys hiking, country music, and podcasts.