Alvin Eng

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre


MFA, Playwriting and song lyric writing NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, 1993

Courses taught: Playwriting I & II, Introduction to Theatre, Dramaturgy & Play Development in the American Theatre, and Theatre Practicum

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

My most recent academic and artistic research has centered on exploring the parallels between drama, portraiture and history as manifested in the convergence of different disciplines, eras and cultures. 

Currently, I am writing a play cycle that dramatizes the intense, intimate process of portraiture, as well as the long term, wide-ranging interpersonal and global impact on its subjects and artists.

"THREE TREES:  A Philosopher's Portrait Of Alberto Giacometti" Off-Broadway production, West End Theatre, NYC, 2013Click Here fot the NY Times Review of Three TreesProfile of "Portrait Plays"Staged reading, Moving Parts Theatre, Paris, France, 2012

"33 & 1/3 CORNELIA STREET: Tracing the Lines & Times of Alice Neel & Joe Gould"Goucher College "Family Weekend" October 2013

33 & 1/3 CORNELIA STREET was performed as the focal point of a conference co-presented by the Departments of Theatre and Fine Arts. A panel discussion followed, featuring Fine Arts faculty, Stuart Abarbanel and Allyn Massey, who studied with Alice Neel.  
Staged reading of Act I at Comparative Drama Conference staged reading, Baltimore, 2013


Excerpts will be presented in a staged reading at Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, 2014


Based on my research of American author Thornton Wilder, I was in residence at City University of Hong Kong as a Fulbright Specialist scholar, U.S. Studies/Theatre, in 2011. At "CityU," I created a devised theatre piece and workshop model that utilizes western and Chinese narrative techniques and incorporates oral history, personal anecdotes, music and movement.    "Our Town At 75: Its Global, Personal Impact" 

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of this seminal American drama, I published an article on my Hong Kong experience with "Our Town" in the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of The Dramatist Magazine (click here to read article)  
Director: "The Woodsman" by Steven Fechter (director),  Goucher College Theatre mainstage production, Fall 2012  Solo performance of memoir monologue: "The Last Emperor Of Flushing" , XiaoZhou People's Hall, Guangzhou China, 2011

Funded Research


Research grant to develop an interdisciplinary course, "Playwriting and Composing for the Musical Theatre," to be jointly offered by the Departments of Theatre and Music.BAU INSTITUTE, Otranto, Italy, 2013Awarded Artist Residency to research "Portrait Plays" at this international forum for interdisciplinary cultural exchange. 

Awards/Significant Accomplishments


DRAMATISTS GUILD NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Chicago, IL, August 2013 Moderated and curated a panel on "Crafting the Historical Drama"  UNIVERSITÉ DE LA SORBONNE, "&Now 2012 New Writing in Paris" conference Lecture/reading in conjunction with my play, "Three Trees," Paris, France, 2012