Nic Barilar (PhD student) had a jammed pack year ~
Nic presented his paper, "The Scenography of Memory: The Maxo Vanka Murals, Space, and Moving Through Cultural Memories” at the Cultural Studies Association Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA.
His professional work included performing in the role of "Father" in the musical Ragtime, (directed by Justin Fortunato) at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, PA.
He was awared research awards from the University of Pittsburgh: The Klinzing Pre-Dissertation Research Grant from the European Studies Center and the Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship, These awards supported Nic's archival research when he spent five weeks over the summer visiting ten different archives between the UK and Ireland.
Nic also received grants from both the European Studies Center and the Provost’s Year of PittGlobal to produce and direct the North American Premiere of a play originally written in Irish Gaelic in the 1960s by feminist writer Máiréad Ní Ghráda called ON TRIAL. He has also assembled panels of scholars who will speak at postshow discussions following the performances. The production will run from April 12-14, 2019.
He recently attended the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) in San Diego, California.
In academics, he passed his comprehensive exams. He also designed and taught a Contemporary Global Stages course that focused around the theme of empire and imperialism.
Nic has been accepted to present at the Mid-America Theatre Conference in March and he has a publication under review. The title is “Stalling Time: Censorship, Sex, and Beckett’s Queer Art of Failure in Happy Days.” and will be In Beckett Beyond ‘the Normal.’ (edited by Seán Kennedy).