This article was reprinted from The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, a publication of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center.
Dr. Fiona Gregory first began to uncover lost stories in the letters and scrapbooks of long-forgotten performers during postgraduate fieldwork at the British Library and New York Public Library that convinced her to pursue an academic career. She went on to received her Ph.D from the Australian National University, working on theatre historiography within the English program. Gregory's research continued in an interdisciplinary mode, bringing together areas such as Elizabethan performance, nineteenth-century cultural history, and classical Hollywood cinema. Her current research project is a wide-ranging study of actresses and mental illness, drawing on historical examples and literary and cultural representations to consider the intersections of hysteria and the histrionic'.
Gregory taught in the School of English, Journalism and European Languages at the University of Tasmania before joining Monash University in Australia in 2006. At Monash, she introduces first-year students to the history of drama and performance and also teaches classes in Elizabethan performance, nineteenth-century literature, modern fiction, and British comedy.