Casey Berner is a Brooklyn-based, Philadelphia-born theatre administrator, artist, and scholar. Now in her third year at the Graduate Center, she teaches at Brooklyn College and Baruch College. She also serves as the Development Director of Maestra Music, following two years working in development and marketing at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on musical theatre, popular culture, and commercial failure. Casey’s artistic practice includes stage management, dramaturgy, and costume construction. Favorite productions include: Lagan (Villanova), Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Classic), Ganymede 5 and Serial Opera (ENAensemble), Crooked Shadows (United Solo). Casey has presented at the American Society for Theatre Research Conference, National Communication Association Conference, Song, Stage, and Screen Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, and Kenneth Burke Society Triennial Conference, and was published in Episodes. She holds an MA in Theatre with a certificate in Nonprofit Management and a BA with Honors in Communication and English from Villanova University. Proud member of PSC-CUNY (AFT Local 2334).

Research Interests

  • Musical theatre
  • Pop culture
  • Institutional practices and/as dramaturgy
  • Flops and failures
  • Commercial theatre