Alice Reagan

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Directing




505 Milbank Hall
Office Hours, Spring 2023: Thursdays 2-4pm EST in person


Alice Reagan teaches and directs plays at Barnard; she also directs professionally.  Pre-pandemic credits include No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh by Christina Masciotti at Yocum Institute in Reading, PA; Hir by Taylor Mac at Shakespeare & Company (two Berkshire Theatre Award nominations); Grounded by George Brant at Dobama Theatre (Cleveland Critics Circle Superior Production, Superior Direction, and Best Actress); Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes at Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon; Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek at Boom Arts; Or, by Liz Duffy Adams at Shakespeare & Company (seven Berkshire Theatre Award nominations including Best Director); Phaeton (a diggle of a fragment) by Mac Wellman at Classic Stage Company; The Miser by Molière with Brave New World Rep; Nomads by Julia Jarcho at Incubator Arts Project; I Came to Look for You on Tuesday by Chiori Miyagawa at La MaMa; The Verge by Susan Glaspell at Incubator Arts Project; and Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Chocolate Factory.  She has directed many plays by María Irene Fornés, including: Promenade, Enter THE NIGHT, What of the Night?, Drowning, Abingdon Square, and The Office.

Upon arriving at Barnard in 2010, Alice founded a commissioning program that brings women-identified writers to the college.  Through New Plays at Barnard, she has premiered work by LM Feldman, Dipika Guha, Gab Reisman, and Charly Evon Simpson.

She has workshopped and directed readings of new plays at Page 73, Soho Rep, Partial Comfort Productions, Women’s Project, New Georges, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New Dramatists, Lark Play Development Center, hotINK, and New Voices Play Festival.

Upcoming: Evelyn Brown: A Diary by María Irene Fornés for the Princeton Atelier/Lewis Center for the Arts, The Cherry Orchard with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, and Measure for Measure with Shakespeare & Company.

  • B.A. Bates College
  • M.A. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  • M.F.A. Columbia University, School of the Arts

  • Directing
  • Collaboration
  • Classics
  • New plays
  • Adaptations
  • Ensemble-based work

  • Directing I
  • Directing II
  • Advanced Directing
  • Collaboration: Directing and Design
  • Practicum Performance
  • First Year Seminar: Classics Over Time
  • First Year Seminar: Art, AIDS, Activism

  • Teaching Excellence Award, 2022
  • 9 Berkshire Theatre Award nominations, including Best Director, for Or, and Hir
  • Cleveland Critics Circle Superior Production, Superior Direction, and Best Actress for Grounded
  • Drama League Directing Fellow             
  • Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program/SUITE
  • Princess Grace Award
  • Princess Grace Special Project Award
  • chashama AREA (Accessing Space for the Arts) Award
  • Shubert Foundation Stipend, Columbia University
  • Amankulor Award, NYU/Tisch
  • Mellon Learning Associate, Bates College

  • Wingspace Design
  • New Georges Affiliated Artist
  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
  • Mabou Mines/SUITE
  • Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab
  • Women's Project Directors Lab
  • Lincoln Center Directors Lab

In The News

New Plays at Barnard seeks to support early-career female playwrights and provide rare hands-on production experience.

October 9, 2017

Over the past decade, the Barnard curriculum has expanded its global influence by increasing opportunities for faculty and students to gain educational, work, and volunteer experience.

September 1, 2017

Prof. Reagan writes on Fornés' distinctive aesthetic in a theatre history piece published in American Theatre.

July 17, 2017