Eleanor Skimin is based in Los Angeles and works as a dramaturg in theatre, and on the development of television projects for Disney Studios. She was Humanities Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City. Dramaturgy credits include: Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City (Hamlet, Midsummer, The Seagull); Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Poetics: A Ballet Brut, Kasimir and Karoline, Three Sisters); Kate Whoriskey at the Bard Summerscape Festival in New York (Camille); the Native Voices Festival at the Autry Museum of American Art in Los Angeles; Poor Dog Group’s Group Therapy at Cener for the Art of Performance at UCLA; and the development of a musical with actress Judy Davis based on Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul. In 2016 she had a writing residency at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on the island of Fårö in Sweden. In 2017 Eleanor won first prize in the IFTR New Scholars Essay Competition for an essay on dramaturgy. Her article, “Reproducing the White Bourgeois: The Sitting-Room Drama of Marina Abramovic,” was published in TDR (The Drama Review) and she has written for Theater Survey.
Eleanor has taught theatre, dramaturgy and performance courses: in the U.S. at Brown University, CalArts, UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC); and in Australia at the University of New South Wales and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She was a research fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Eleanor has a law degree and is a graduate of the MFA program in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. She is working on a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown University. Her research explores late nineteenth century modernist theatre in relation to domesticity and the formation of white bourgeois subjectivity.