Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Research, CFA

Performing Arts Building, Room 220 (801) 585-1080

Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell has been the Head of Theatre Studies in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah since 2005. In addition to advising B.A. students and Theatre Minors, Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell teaches Dramaturgy, Directing, Theatre and Theory, Gender on the Global Stage, Science on Stage, and the History of Theatre.

Dramaturgy credits include Laughing Stock, Next to Normal, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Chicago and The Heiress (Pioneer Theatre Company); Course 86B in the Catalogue and Charm (Salt Lake Acting Company); Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Capitol Hill Arts Center, Seattle); Three Days of Rain, Enrico IV, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (University of Washington); The Chekhov Project (Frank Theatre, Minneapolis); Fever, The Seagull and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (University of Utah).

Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell is also applying her dramaturgical skills and knowledge of Augusto Boal’s “forum theatre” techniques in a project with the Utah Pediatric Partnership for the Improvement of Healthcare Quality (UPIQ). Research interests include the intersections of science and performance, feminist performance and historiography, the history and current practice of dramaturgy, and the application of dramaturgical tools in non-theatrical settings.

Dr. Cheek-O’Donnell earned a PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism from the University of Washington’s School of Drama in 2004. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and Editor of Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy.