Michael Jaros

Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department English
Office 35 Loring Ave 104
Phone 978.542.6719
Email michael.jaros@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENG 794 Studies in Literature of the World
ENL 245H Literature and the Humanities
ENL 280 Topics in Classical Drama
ENL 282 World Drama
ENL 380 Modern Drama I
ENL 381 Modern Drama II
ENL 481 Modern American Drama
ENL 485 Seminar in Dramaturgy
ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English

Professional Biography

Michael Jaros received his PhD in Drama and Theatre from the University of California, San Diego in June of 2008, where he also worked as a dramaturg in the professional theatre training program as well as at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.  His research focuses primarily on 20th century Irish culture in performance. He also holds a MPhil from Trinity College, Dublin in Irish Theatre and Film, and an MA in Theatre History from the University of Texas at Austin.  He primarily teaches dramatic literature, Irish literature, and composition, as well as in the English Graduate and SSU honors programs. He is currently the faculty advisor to Salem State's Student Theatre Ensemble (STE), and has also worked with the the SSU theatre department as a dramaturg.   

Selected Publications


"Spectres of Connolly: The Non-Stop Connolly Show Reconsidered." Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practices. Ed Charlotte McIvor and Siobhan O'Gorman. Dublin: Carysfort, 2015.

In print:

Boxed Rituals: Eamon de Valera, Television, and Talbot’s Box.” The Rest is History: Ireland, Performance, and the Historical Imagination. Ed. Mary Caulfield and Christopher Collins.  London: Palgrave, 2014.

“Image Makers and Their Discontents: Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre Audience.” Theatre Symposium. Vol. 20 (2012): 56-66. 

"Broken Narratives, Performing Ruins: Beckett, Yeats and the Dramatic Landscape of Catastrophe." Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice. Ed. Rhona Trench. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011. 205-218.

“Actor, Aura, Theatrical Event: The Aesthetics of the Pose and the Nostalgic Impulse.” Willmar in the World. Ed. Yael Feiler, Rikard Hoogland and Kalle Westerling. Stockholm: University of Stockholm, 2007. 29-40.

“When I am Laid in the Earth: Dido and Aeneas, Nahum Tate, and Anglo-Irish Consciousness.”  Text and Presentation (2004): 35-44.

“Locating the True-Born Irishman: Patriotism, Nationalism, and Charles Macklin.”  New Voices in Irish Criticism, Vol. 3. (Feb. 2002): 63-70.


Other Publications:
Entry on “Leprechaun.”  Encyclopedia of the Fantastic in the Arts. Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock. London: Ashgate Press, 2011.


Entries on “Gabriel Byrne” and “Jim Sheridan.” ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of Ireland and the Americas. Online. 2006.

Selected Presentations


The Weir by Connor MacPherson.  Dir. William Cunningham.  Salem State Theatre Dept, Fall 2009.
And Yet We Go On: An Evening of Beckett Shorts. Dir. Peter Sampieri.  Salem State Theatre Dept. Fall 2015.


Chalk: A Play. Dir. Michael Jaros.  Salem Arts Festival, 2015.