BJ Gailey

BJ’s area of interest is the use of film in performance, specifically in the first quarter of the 20th Century. BJ’s professional acting aspirations began and ended in 1999, when he got a job in a touring company that took him to forty states over the course of ten months (still the best and the worst job he’s ever had). He worked as Company Manager for the same touring company for two years after that, directing three of their productions each year and coordinating hiring and scheduling. During this time he co-founded the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, currently the largest non-Equity classics company in the country, for which he still occasionally writes grants and performs. BJ enjoys dabbling in devising/adaptation, and his work has been seen onstage at UCM (Too Fat! Too Fat!: The Dada Show Parts 1 and 2) and at UIUC (More Than They That Watch For the Morning). He is a published scholar, and has presented papers on topics such as flash mobs and the Wooster Group.

BJ is currently on faculty in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.


Ph.D. in Theatre (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
M.A. in Theatre (University of Central Missouri)
B.A. in Theatre (Truman State University)