President: Ellen Gillooly-Kress

Get to know your President!

What is your name?

Ellen Gillooly-Kress

What pronouns do you use?


Where are you from?

New Mexico

What degree are you working toward?

PhD in Theatre Arts

What projects (research, creative) have you worked on? If your degree has a thesis component, what is/will it be about?

I’ve been the producer of Summer SOUP at UO, I directed Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, and I do Dialect Coaching (which is what my dissertation is about). My dissertation examines the biases that audience members bring into performance when they hear accented language on stage. I examine how those biases affect their perception of both the character but also the show that that character is in! I am surveying a bunch of dialect coaches but also get to work in the Speech Perception and Production Lab in the linguistics department!

What would you like for your post-graduation career to be/focus on?

Dialect coaching? Advocating for more live performance? Creative labor organizing consulting? Research assistant? I’m open to possibilities!

What job(s) do you have now or have had in the past?

I’ve been a children’s theatre teacher! I’ve also been an artistic director and producer.

What GE positions have you held while at UofO?

I taught a whole bunch of Linguistics classes and have been an Instructor of Record in Acting! I’ve also been a TA for theatre history.

What is your educational background (e.g., degree, subject, school)?

I got my Bachelors in Linguistics and Theatre at UNM, Masters in Linguistics at UO, and now I am working on a PhD.

How many years have you been at UofO?

5 (since 2014)

How many years have you been a GE?

5 (since 2014)

How many years have you been a member of GTFF?

5 (since 2014)

What roles have you held within GTFF?

Committee Chair

Committee Member

Convention Delegate

Executive Board Officer (VP Operations, 2018-19; Member Communications, 2017-18)


Full Member


What is your favorite aspect of GTFF?

Working cooperatively towards a goal with a tight deadline! (Hmm… sounds like theatre…)

What are your goals for GTFF for the coming year?

Let’s get this bread (aka a fair contract)!