Assistant Professor of Theater
Theater And Dance
602 Memorial Hall
Abigail Killeen is a theater artist. As an actor she has worked Off-Broadway, regionally, and in film and television. Her acting has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, The New Haven Register, The Connecticut Post, The Portland Press Herald and The Portland Phoenix. Since moving to Maine in 2008 she has become an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage (please link to Portland Stage www.portlandstage.org), the state’s only LORT theater, and in 2011 she won the Portland-based PEER Award for her work as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Fenix Theatre Company. She is a company member of Compagnia de’ Colombari, an international theater company based in New York. (please link Colombari here: http://www.colombari.org), and in 2014 toured with Karin Coonrod’s adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge”. She also performs in Portland and Boston regularly – recent projects include the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage at the New Repertory Theatre (please link to www.newrep.org ), the world premiere of Rob Urbinati’s Death by Design at the Good Theater (please include link to Good Theater www.goodtheater.com )and the world premiere of John Cariani’s Love/Sick at Portland Stage.
Abigail’s performance research includes generating theatrical projects for women that investigate grace and transformation. She developed a theatrical adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short story “Babette’s Feast”, which played in New York in 2010. Together with Adrianne Krstansky she developed a performance version of Virgina Woolf’s “Mark on the Wall”, which premiered as part of the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Chicago in June of 2014.
Abigail holds a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University’s Professional Actor Training Program. She trained with Master Teachers in the Stella Adler Technique, Suzuki, and Extended Voice with the Roy Hart Theatre in France. Additionally she has studied Eastern European physical theatre with the Double Edge Theater, Gordana Maric from the University of Belgrade and the award-winning Frantic Theatre Company in London.
Abigail is an award-winning theater teacher (Outstanding Teaching Award, Brandeis University and a Karofsky Encore Lecture Recipient at Bowdoin College) and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theater in the Department of Theater and Dance. She teaches acting, voice and Shakespeare.