Tom Connolly, PhD

Department of English

Phone: 617-305-1918
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: Fenton Building, Rm. 205


  • PhD, Tufts University
  • MA, Boston University
  • BA, Suffolk University

Research Interests

  • 19th century European and American theatre
  • European cultural history
  • Drama criticism
  • Theory and history of American popular culture



Suffolk University. Professor, English Department  1998-present 
University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Visiting Professor of American Literature and American Studies, Institute of English Philology  1999-present 



"O'Neill, 'Camille,' and Marketing Melodrama: 'The Web' and 'Recklessness.' Chapter in The Magic Door: Eugene O'Neill, Domesticity and Dispossession. Cynthia McCown ed. McFarland, 2013 (forthcoming). 

"Neither Fallen Angel nor Risen Ape: Desentimentalizing Robert Smith." In Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives. Edited by Michael Y. Bennett and Benjamin D. Carson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. p. 145-161.

"Challenging Traditional Approaches to Eugene O'Neill." In the Ostrava Journal of English Philology. Vol. 4, no. 1. 2012. p. 45-57.

"How Now, Voyager? The Proper Bostonian on Film." Popular Culture Review, Vol. XXI, no. 1, Spring 2010. 51-60.

Genus Envy: Nationalities, Identities, and the Performing Body of Work. Cambria Press, 2010.

"The Sign for Living: Noel Coward's Path to Paradise." Essay for "The Washington Shakspeare Theatre journal Asides, Spring 2009. p. 17-19. 

"Eugene "O'Neill," "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Drama Critics." Greenwood Encyclopedia of Broadway and American Culture. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. 

"From First Nighter to Essayist: The (dis)Establishment of/and Drama Critic John Mason Brown." The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Vol. XX, No. 3, Fall 2008. p. 29-48. 

George Jean Nathan and the Making of Modern American Drama Criticism. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000. (Finalist for the 2001 George Freedley Prize of the Theatre Library Association, given to the author of the most distinguished work of drama scholarship of the year.

British Aisles: Studies in English and Irish Drama and Theatre from Medieval through Modern Times. Ostrava University Press,1998.

Boston Theatre, The Old Homestead, and George Pierce Baker, articles in The Encyclopedia of New England Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters, Yale University Press, 2006.

Book review of Eugene ONeills Last Plays. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XXVIII, 2006, pp. 188-191.

Edward Albee, the Barrymore Family, History of Theatre in Boston, Boston Ideal Opera Company, Boston Museum, Boston Theater, John Mason Brown, Frank S. Chanfrau, Lotta Crabtree, Colleen Dewhurst, the Drew Family, Federal St. Theater (Boston), Clyde Fitch, Charles Frohman, Rosemary Harris, George Handel Hill, Israel Horovitz, Brander Matthews, Jason Robards, Jr., Tremont St. Theater (Boston), and William Warren, articles in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, ed. Dennis Kennedy, Oxford University Press. 2003.

Book review of City Room by Arthur Gelb. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XXVII, 2003, pp. 181-183.

George Jean Nathan, article in The Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, ed. Keith Newlin. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

"The Hairy Ape in the Context of Early 20th Century American Modernism." The Eugene ONeill Review, Volume XXV. Spring and Fall, 2001, pp. 76-80.

"Happy Endings in American Tragedies in Reflections on Ethical Values in Post (?)" Modern American Literature. Tereza Pyzik, ed. Silesian UP. Fall, 2000.

"William Rylands," "Louis MacNeice," "Desmond MacCarthy," "Tyrone Power and family," "Eric Bentley," "Clive Barnes," "Stark Young," "Mercury Theater," "Boston," "Trinity Repertory Company," "Plymouth Theatre," "Provincetown Players, "Ben Hecht," "Israel Horovitz," "Ring Lardner, "William Saroyan," "Guthrie McClintic," "Maurice Evans," "Alfred Drake," "Katharine Cornell," "Angela Lansbury," "Lotte Lenya," "Colleen Dewhurst," "Jason Robards," and "Jose Quintero", ed. Colin Chambers. In The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre. London: Continuum, 2000.

Book review of ONeill: Life With Monte Cristo by Arthur and Barbara Gelb. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XXIII, nos. 1 and 2, 1999, pp. 150-153.

My Other/My Self: The Dramatic Impulse and the Nature of Reflection. Svt Literatury. Volume XVII. Fall, 1999.

Book review of Modern Games with Renaissance Forms by Peter Egri. Theatre Research International, Vol. XXV, no. 3. Winter, 1999.

Lili Darvas and Helen Menken in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Routledge, New York: 1997.

"Was Good Old Nathan Reliable?" The Eugene ONeill Review, Volume XX. Fall, 1997, pp. 68-76.

Book review of John Barrymore: A Bio-bibliography by John Norden. Theatre Research International, Vol. XXI, no. 3. 1996, pp. 267-268.

"Academic Theatricality and the Transmission of Form in the Italian Renaissance." In Theatre Symposium, Volume III, 1995, University of Alabama Press, pp. 141-148.

Book review of The Dawning of American Drama: American Dramatic Criticism, 1746-1915. Edited and compiled by Jurgen C. Wolter. Theatre Survey, Vol. XXXVI, no. 1, 1995, pp. 141-143.

"Charles Frohman" and "George Jean Nathan." In the 1994 supplement to The International Dictionary of Biography. McGraw-Hill, 1995.

"The Stork Club and Its Night Owls." Popular Culture Review, Vol. VI, no. 2, 1995, pp. 63-70.

"The Place, The Thing: Israel Horovitz's Gloucester Milieu." In Israel Horovitz: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Leslie Kane. Greenwood Press, 1994, pp. 113-124.

"History of Theatre in Boston," "The Boston Theatre and Stock Company," "The Howard Athenaeum" and "Alvin Epstein." In The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, ed. Don B. Wilmeth and Tice Miller. Cambridge University Press, 1993.

"Shirley Temple Black," "Michael Jackson" and Steven Spielberg." In the 1991 supplement to The International Dictionary of Biography. McGraw-Hill, 1992.

"Hay Fever by Noel Coward," "Private Lives by Noel Coward" and "Justice by John Galsworthy." In The International Dictionary of the Theatre, Vol. I: Plays, ed. Mark Hawkins-Dady. St. James Press, 1991.

Theatre Review of the American Repertory Theatre's A Touch of the Poet. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XVII, nos. 1 and 2, 1993,pp. 173-178.

Theatre Review of the Huntington Theatre Company's Long Day's Journey Into Night. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XVI, no. 2, 1992, pp. 134-141.

Theatre Review of the Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario,Production of Ah, Wilderness!. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XV, no. 2, 1991, pp. 114-118.

Book review of Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama, ed.June Schlueter. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XIV, nos. 1 and 2, 1990, pp. 117-120.

Book reviews of The Vital Lie: Reality and Illusion in Modern American Drama by Anthony S. Abbott, More Stately Mansions by Eugene O'Neill, the Unexpurgated Edition, ed. Martha Gilman Bower and The Presence of the Past in Modern American Drama by Patricia R. Schroeder. The Eugene O'Neill Review, Vol. XIII, no. 2, 1989, pp. 105-113.

Publications (Unrefereed)

Get the Guests--Nol Coward Style. Prologue, Volume LIX, no. 3, 2005, p. 1.

Teaching After the Velvet Revolution. Bostonia, Spring, 1998.

"Molire Our Contemporary." Essay commissioned for the program of the Suffolk University Theatre production of Sganarelle: An Evening of Molire Farces. Spring 1996.

"Calming Critical Qualms: Our Town and its Reviewers." Prologue, Volume XLVII, no. 1, 1993, p. 1.

Book reviews of Mirror on the Stage: The Pulitzer Prize Plays as an Approach to American Drama by Thomas P. Adler, The Arrival of Godot: Ritual Patterns in Modern Drama by Katharine H. Burkman and American Realism and American Drama by Brenda Murphy. The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Vol. XII no. 2, 1988, pp. 65-67.

Theatre reviews of Ah, Wilderness! and Anna Christie. The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Volume XI, no. 2, 1987, pp. 32-33.

Theatre reviews of "Before Breakfast," "The Dreamy Kid," and "Where the Cross is Made." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Vol. X, no. 1, 1986, pp. 34-36.

Theatre review of "The Long Voyage Home." The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Vol. VIII, no. 3, 1984, p. 35.

Theatre review of Long Day's Journey Into Night. The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Vol. VIII, no. 2, 1984, pp. 36-37.

Theatre reviews of "Hughie" and A Moon for the Misbegotten. The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter Vol. VII, no. 1, 1983, pp. 20-22.

Theatre review of A Moon for the Misbegotten. The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, Vol. VI, no. 3, 1982, pp. 22-23.

Reviews of 103 plays and films, published in the Boston Phoenix and Boston Journal, 1988-1996.

Forthcoming Publications (Refereed)

Lili Darvas and Helen Menken. Articles in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Jerusalem: Shalvi Publishing Ltd. 2006.

Academic Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial board, New England Theatre Journal. 2010-present.
  • Editorial board, The Ostrava Journal of English Philology. 2011-present. 
    Managing Editor, The Eugene O'Neill Review, 2000-2004.
  • Review Editor, Theatre Research International, 1995-2003.
  • Editor, The Eugene O'Neill Newsletter, 1994-1996.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Medals and Grants

Suffolk University Faculty Research Grant. 2013-2014 academic year.

Suffolk University Service Learning Faculty Fellow, 2009-2010.

Suskind Foundation grant for lectures to the Critics Circle of the Young at Arts Program administered by the Wang Center for the Performing Arts. Spring 2003.

Suffolk University, College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend, 2002.

City of Ostrava grant for artistic excellence, "supporting the performance of the playwright's work by the English Language Theatre of Ostrava." Spring, 1998.

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 1996-97 Fulbright Program with the Czech Republic. (Renewed 1997-1998.)Parliamentary Medal of the Czech Republic, honoring "educational work for the benefit of the nation." 27 July 1997.

University of Ostrava, Research and Publication Grant, 1996-97 academic year.

United States Information Agency Lecture Grant, Czech Republic,March, 1997.

United States Information Agency Lecture Grant, November, 1997.

Massachusetts Bible Society Literature Grant, 1997-1998 academic year.

Lectures and Presentations

"Sex, Race, Song and Dance: 'Moanin' Low as High-wire Act." Plenary session paper. American Society for Theatre Research conference, Dallas. November, 2013. 

"Updike Transfigures You and Me: Mediation and Cinematic Technique in In the Beauty of the Lilies." The Second Biennial John Updike Society Conference. Boston, June 12-16, 2012. 

"Re-righting" Finland's Winter War: Robert E. Sherwood's There Shall Be No Night[s]." American Society for Theatre Research conference, Nashville. November, 2012. 

"Rossini on the Razor's Edge" or "Cutting it Close with the Barber of Seville." Lecture at the Boston Public Library for the Boston Lyric Opera. February 14, 2012. 

"The Aisle is Full of Noises - Not: Mainstream Media's Downward Mobility and the Silencing of the Broadway Critic." ATHE Conference in Los Angeles, August 2010. 

"Genus Envy." Lecture and reading. Suffolk University. 30 April 2010.

"Introducing Don Giovanni." Lecture to the St. Catherine's Guild of Marblehead. 8 April, 2010.

"Straight is the Gate? Queering Micheal MacLiammoir." International Federation for Theatre Research, Lisbon. July, 2009. 

"Champagne Area: Celebrating the Don Juan Legend." Sponsored by the Boston Lyric Opera at the Boston Public Library, 14 April 2009. 

"Wow, Voyager: Proper Bostonians in the Movies." Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Boston, MA. March 2009.

The Imagined Community of National Theatre." American Society for Theatre Research conference, Boston, MA. November, 2008.

"A Muse or a Curse? E.T.A. Hoffmann and Offenbach's 'Contes.'" Boston Lyric Opera's 2008 Overture Series. November, 2008, Harvard Club of Boston. 

"All-Amerikan Playwright? Central Europe and Eugene O'Neill's Cultural Critique" at the 7th International Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Society, 11-15, June 2008 in San Ramon, California.

"Staging Conflicts: Autobiography against Art?" (on some plays of Eugene O'Neill) at the University of Olomouc in the Czech Republic, 14 March 2008.

Shooping it up for Camille: Three Centuries of Natural Coughers. Lecture sponsored by the Boston Lyric Opera at the Boston Public Library, 21 March 2006.

Cosmopolitan Nationalist: Alexander Moissi, the Actor Without a Country. Paper for the International Society for Theatre Research conference, University of Maryland, July, 2005.

Revering ONeill to Death: Is PoMo ONeill Possible? Paper for the Sixth International Eugene ONeill Society Conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts, June, 2005.

"Medals and Mediation: The Performer's Persona, the Petrarchan Ideal & Late 19th Century Viennese Culture." Paper for the American Society for Theatre Research conference, Durham, North Carolina. November, 2003.

Panelist at the Old South Meetinghouse Forum, "Scandal on the Stage: The History of Theater Banned in Boston." The event was videotaped and webcast by WGBH-TV. 1 May 2003.

Lecture series: "Emerson, Thoreau and American Transcendentalism." Part of my ongoing visiting professorship at the Institute of English Philology at the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. December, 2002 and March, 2003.

"From First Nighter to Essayist: The "[dis]/Establishment" of/and a Drama Critic." Paper given at the Federation Internationale du Recherche Theatrale, Historiography Working Group Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands. September, 2001

"Research Opportunities in O'Neill Studies." Lecture given to grama Critics and the Theatre." Tufts University Symposium on the American Theatre. April, 1994.

"The Stork Club and Its Night Owls: Bigotry Behind the Velvet Cord." The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Providence College. November, 1993.

"George Jean Nathan and the Problems of Assimilationism." The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Pine Manor College. November, 1992.

"Discovering the Encounter: La Araucana as Epic Conflict Between Europeans and 'Indians.' " Quincentenary Commemoration Week Symposium, Suffolk University, October. 1992.

"Aesthetics vs. Politics in the Theatre." The New England Theatre Conference, Theatre History Panel, Portland, ME. November 1990.

"Dramatic Dilemmas: The Critic and Contemporary Theatre." Boston Theatre Today, Northeastern University. January, 1990.

"Shelley's The Cenci and the Mask of Democracy. Mid-America Theatre Conference Theatre History Symposium, Omaha. March, 1989.

Public Service

Member, School Committee of the Town of Marblehead, MA. Elected 2011 to a three-year term.

Conference Panels

Chair of the panel, "Eugene O'Neill's Idea of Theatre" at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May, 2011. 

Chair of the panel, "Broadcasting and Blogging Broadway: Talk shows, Tony Awards and Cybercriticism." ATHE Conference in Los Angeles, August 2010. 

Moderator, Israel Horovitz and the Contemporary American Theatre. Boston Center for the Arts. December, 2004.

Co-chair of the panel, "The Unbearable Lightness of Thinking: Empirical Research vs. Theory in Theatre History." American Society for Theatre Research Conference, New York, NY. November 2000.

Conference Co-chair, "O'Neill Bermudiana: The Fourth International Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Society. Bermuda, B.W.I., January 1999.

Chair, English Studies Conference Ostrava University. April, 1998.

Chair, American Literature Section of the English Studies Conference. Ostrava University. April, 1997.

Chair of the panel, "The Black Dimension: African-American Influence/Performance." "O'Neill's People," international academic conference, Suffolk University. May, 1995.

Professional Activities

Vetted an article for the Australian journal, Popular Entertainment Studier (Winter 2013).

Performed in a concert reading of "Performing Bohemia: The Masses, The Players and the People," at the American Literature Society conference in Boston, May 2013.

Popular Culture commentator. "Under the Radar." WGBH, FM 89.7 and "Greater Boston," Public affairs and culture programs. WGBH-TV. Boston, MA. August 2012-present. 

Weekly commentator. "The Callie Crossley Show." Public affairs and culture program. WGBH, FM 89.7, Boston, MA. January 2010-July 2012. 

Speaker, Public Broadcasting System/National Public Radio Forum Network. 2010-present. 

Emma. Performed several roles in staged reading of the Howard Zinn play. Suffolk Univeristy's "Zinnfest," Fall 2009.

Eye of the Beholder." Full-length play. 2009.

Theatre History Consultant, "America, I Am: the African American Imprint." A four-year touring museum exhibition celebrating 400 years of African-American contributions to this country. 2009-12. 

Education Commission. St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Marblehead. 2009-present.

Editorial consultant for anthologies Bedford/St Martin's publisher, 2008-present. 

Dissertation advisor, "A Philadelphia Story: Refinement and Resistance on the Nineteenth Century Stage." Ph.D candidate: Raymond Saraceni, Villanova. 2008-2009.

Consultant, Library of America. Volumes on American theatre. 2008-2010.

Editorial advisor, books on drama and theatre, Longman Publishers, 2008-present. 

Editorial Consultant, Office of the State Auditor, Commonwealth of Masschusetts. September 2006-present.

External Grant Proposal Reviwer, CUNY Graduate School, Spring 2006.

Consultant for BBC-4 radio series on American theatre. Fall, 2005.

Consultant, The New Yorker magazine. Articles on Tennessee Williams and the American theatre in the 1940s. April, 2005.

Consultant, National Public Radio. "Morning Edition" (WBUR), Segment on Boston's historic theaters and turn-of-the-century culture. 27 October 2003.

Completed the cataloguing of the John Mason Brown Papers at the Harvard Theatre Collection. March, 2003.

Events co-coordinator, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference, Suffolk University, June 2000.

Founding Member, National Campaign for Tolerance of the Southern Poverty Law Center February, 2002.

Featured guest, "Greater Boston" (public affairs program). Discussing my book George Jean Nathan and the Making of Modern American Drama Criticism.) WGBH-TV. Boston, MA. 31 July 2001.

"An Evening with Tom Connolly." Reading and discussion of my George Jean Nathan book. Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA. 12 March 2001.

Accredited Adjudicator, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, Summer, 2000.

Elected to Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Fall, 2000.

Consultant, "Sunday Morning." CBS Televison Network series segment on Eugene O'Neill, Spring, 1999.

Life Member, Fulbright Association, elected 1998.

Host, Critics Choice. Syndicated television arts review program.1996-1998.

Grant Proposal Reviewer (American Literature and American Studies.) Czech Fulbright Commission. 1996-1997 academic year.

Co-chair, English Studies State Examination Board, University of Ostrava, 1996-1998.

Co-chair, Entrance Examination Board, Department of English and American Studies, University of Ostrava, 1996-1998.

Co-chair Magister Degree Diploma Thesis Defense Committee, Department of English and American Studies, University of Ostrava, 1996-1998.

Member, Nomination Committee for the Outstanding Regional Theater in the United States. The American Theatre Wing, Antoinette Perry Awards (The "Tony Award.") 1987-2003.

National Consultant, Theatre Hall of Fame, New York, NY. 1987-2003.

Honorary Member, Ukrainian Theatre Artists Union.

Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 1991 and 1996.

Member, Coordinating Committee for the Suffolk University Commemoration of the Columbus Quincentennial, Fall 1992.

Activities Coordinator for two international academic conferences at Suffolk University. "Eugene O'Neill: The Early Years" in 1984 and "Eugene O'Neill: The Later Years" in 1986.

Member, Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honors Society.

Member, International Federation for Theatre Research, The Eugene O'Neill Society and the American Society for Theatre Research.

External member, Ph.D. oral examination boards, Drama Department, Tufts University, 1999-present.

Theatre Experience Directed "Two Women Off Color," revision of original play. Presented at the Suffolk University February Arts Blast.

Courses Taught

Advanced Freshman English
World Drama I and II
English Literature I and II
American Literature I and II
Classical Drama
Modern British Drama
Modern American Drama
Drama Seminar
Russian Literature
Central European Literature