Dr. Fahey’s research and creative activity are primarily focused upon theatrical production. Script choices, the season selection process, and the execution of the director’s concept for shows are rooted in extensive research about the style, period, themes, and cultural context for the work. He also serves in an advisory role with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, and on the boards of The Children’s Theatre Foundation and The Ohio Theatre Alliance.
He is a former editor of the journal Theatre Studies and has also produced reviews of contemporary performances and texts as well as journal articles and academic conference presentations on the training methods of Francois Delsarte as they were incorporated into the women’s liberation activities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as contemporary actor training practices. His other areas of research have included the Theatre of the Cold War, Television Drama, movement training for the modern actor, and the use of psychological models in efforts to enhance character development.
He welcomes involvement by students as production team members (for which they can receive THR 4000 Production Practicum course credit), and he is happy to guide students toward opportunities for research in theatre history, literature, and criticism. Students, if you would like to learn more, send Dr. Fahey an email indicating your interest. There are no prerequisites to work with him, though Theatre 2100 is recommended.