Faculty profile

Toby Malone

Dramaturgy, Theatre History, and Criticism
Assistant Professor
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Faculty Advisor, Oswego Women's and Men's Club Rugby
Pronouns: He/Him/His


125C Tyler Hall

Office hours

Fall 2021: 12-2pm, Tyler 125C

Toby Malone is a classically-trained new play development and production dramaturg from Perth, Western Australia.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (BA Honors, Theatre Studies) and the University of Toronto (PhD, Drama), and has worked with theatres around the world as a dramaturg and actor.  Past credits include productions in Australia (the Hole in the Wall Theatre; Barking Gecko; Shakespearience; the Australian Shakespeare Company), Scotland (Poorboy Theatre Company), the United States (Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company), and Canada (Soulpepper Theatre, the Stratford Festival of Canada, the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, the University of Waterloo).  

Toby serves as Region II Dramaturgy Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and is Faculty Advisor/volunteer coach to Oswego's champion men's and women's rugby teams.


Toby has had work published in Shakespeare Survey, Literature-Film Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, as well as chapters in several collections. He is currently text editor for the first-ever fully annotated modern edition of the Anonymous c.1594 play The True Tragedy of Richard the Third, forthcoming from the Queen’s Men’s Editions.  He is Story Editor and text consultant for the Kill Shakespeare comic book series; has developed a hybrid First Quarto/First Folio Hamlet mash-up called The Hamlet Variorum; is video dramaturg for the Stratford Festival/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's cinema-to-television cutdowns, and his book, Adapting ‘War Horse’: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play was released by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. His latest book, co-written with Aili Huber, Cutting Plays for Performance: A Practical and Accessible Guide, is scheduled for release in December 2021, He is currently contracted as co-author on the revised edition of Jill L. Levenson's important Shakespeare in Performance: Romeo and Juliet for Manchester University Press. Toby’s scholarship centers on dramaturgy, performance texts, adaptation theory, and Shakespeare.

Toby is also head of SUNY Oswego's award-winning Dramaturgy Hub project, which is a practical, functional online research repository for in-rehearsal research support, in-production promotion, and post-production archival.  These are developed in close consultation with the play's director, and features a spotlight on student research.




  • Malone, Toby, and Aili Huber. Cutting Plays for Performance: A Practical and Accessible Guide. London: Routledge, 2021.
  • Levenson, Jill. L. and Toby Malone. Shakespeare in Performance: Romeo and Juliet, Revised Edition. Manchester: Manchester UP, Contracted.
  • Malone, Toby and Christopher J. Jackman. Adapting War Horse: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.


  • Malone, Toby. "Using Theatrical Prompt-Books for Cultural Insight." Research Methods for Primary Sources, SAGE Research, London. (Forthcoming fall 2021).

  • Malone, Toby, and Greatley-Hirsch, Brett. “Digital Shakespeare.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press. June 28, 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1192.
  • Malone, Toby. ““Distract parcels in combined sums”: the Stratford Festival Archives’ Stage-Managerial Collections.” Canadian Theatre Review 156 (October 2013): 64-71.
  • Malone, Toby. “Behind the Red Curtain of Verona Beach: Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.” Shakespeare Survey 65, 2012: 398-412.
  • Malone, Toby. “‘A dog, a rat, … a cat to scratch a man to death!’: Olivier’s Richard III and Popular Cultures.” Literature/Film Quarterly 37(2), 2009: 415-426.
  • Roberts-Smith, Jennifer, Mark KaethlerToby MaloneLiza GiffenMartin HolmesJanelle JenstadJoseph Takeda. "Tagging Time and Space: TEI and the Canadian Stratford Festival Promptbooks." Digital Studies / Le champ numérique 9 (1), p9. 
  • Roberts-Smith, Jennifer, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho, and Toby Malone. “Staging Shakespeare in Social Games: Towards a Theory of Theatrical Game Design.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 9 (3), 2016.
  • Malone, Toby, and Aili Huber. "Cutting and Adapting Text for the Virtual Performing Landscape." New & noteworthy: The LMDA Newsletter. Vol. 6, No. 4 (December 2020).


  • Malone, Toby. “Quoting Shakespeare on the Twentieth-Century Screen.” Shakespeare and Quotation. Ed. Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018. 194-207.
  • Malone, Toby. “Digital Parallel-Text Approaches to Performance Historiography.” Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools. Janelle Jenstad, Mark Kaethler, and Jennifer Roberts-Smith, eds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. 105-123.
  • Malone, Toby. “Parallel-Text Analysis and Practical Dramaturgies.” The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. Ed. Magda Romanska. London: Routledge, 2014. 448-55.


  • Malone, Toby, text editor. The True Tragedy of Richard the Third, Modern Language Edition. Queen’s Men Editions/Internet Shakespeare Editions. Broadview Press, contracted (expected release 2021).
  • Malone, Michael J., OAM. Simmo: A Biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM, One of Australia’s Greatest Soldiers. Ed. Toby Malone. Perth: Imprimatur Books, 2015.


  • Kill Shakespeare: Gods Stand Up. Story writer, Comic book edition, Kill Shakespeare: Backstage Edition. San Diego: IDW Publishing, 2015. 311-317.



  • "Cross-Cultural Collaboration." (with TJ Young). Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 2, Virtual Conference, January 2021.
  • "The Word to the Action, the Action to the Word: The Live Graphic Novel." (with Patrick W. Mathis). Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 2, College Park, Maryland, January 2020.
  • "Reconceiving TEI models of theatrical performance text with reference to promptbooks." (With Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Mark Kaethler, Janelle Jenstad, and Joey Takada) TEI 2019 Conference, Graz, Austria (September 16-20, 2019).
  • “The Problem with Prompt-books, or the Problem with TEI? Tagging Time and Space.” (With Jennifer Roberts-Smith and Mark Kaethler). Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques Conference, Toronto, ON (May 29, 2017)
  • “‘Airs Fae Heaven / Blasts Fae Hell’: The Road to the Hamlet Variorum”. World Shakespeare Congress, King’s College, London, UK (August 5 2016).
  • “Digital Dramaturgy: Textual Archives and Game-Based Learning Environments at the Stratford Festival, Canada.” (co-authored with Jennifer Roberts-Smith), Re-Imagining Dramaturgy: The Future of Dramaturgy one-day symposium, New York City, NY (October 17 2014)
  • “Here We Are Now, Entertain Us:” Dramaturgy, the Theatre, and an Audience Full of Critics.” Fluxible: A User Experience Event, Kitchener, ON (September 14 2014)
  • “Staging the Archive: Production Dramaturgy and the London Theatres Bibliography.” Renaissance Society of America Meeting. Los Angeles (March 2009)
  • “Re-Interpreting the Re-Interpretations: Olivier, McKellen, and the Case of Bosworth.” British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-on-Avon, UK (July 2007) 

Awards and honors

  • Nominee, Provost's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, 2021
  • Nominee, President's Award for Outstanding Academic Advisement, 2020
  • Strongest Advocate Award (Faculty) for Advocacy for the LGBTQ+ Community at SUNY Oswego, SUNY Oswego Pride Alliance, May 2019
  • Artswego, Program Support Grant Recipient 2019
  • Coordinator, Dramaturgy Section, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2 (KCACTF2), 2018 - on
  • College Impact Collections Grant, Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.
  • Residence Hall Association Outstanding Professor Recognition, 2018, 2019
  • Nominee: Outstanding Faculty Advisor, Student Involvement Awards, 2018, 2019


  • Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative Dramaturgy. Dominique Baker-Lanning, Kuvar Bhatnagar, James Hough, Toby Malone (supervisor), for "She Kills Monsters Dramaturgy", January 2021
  • Commendation for Outstanding Dramaturgy Dead Man's Cell Phone, November 2019
  • Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative Dramaturgy. Anna Chichester, Kiersten Mickle, Daniel Monahan, Brian Monahan, Autumn Pollock, Ryan Benson Smith, Toby Malone (supervisor), for "Fun Home Dramaturgy: Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue", January 2020

Performances and exhibitions

  • The Inseparables, Pittsburgh Public Theatre (2021) - Dramaturg
  • Not Really (Little Star), The Marsh International Solo Festival, San Francisco (2020) - Playwright, Performer
  • Lyon's Den, Pittsburgh Public Theatre (2020) - Development Dramaturg
  • Kill Shakespeare: the Live Graphic Novel, SUNY Oswego (2020) - Director
  • Not Someone Like Me, SUNY Oswego (2018) - Production Dramaturg
  • Henry the Sixth, Part One, uWaterloo Drama (2015) - Production Dramaturg
  • King Lear, Stratford Festival of Canada (2014) - Production Dramaturg
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stratford Festival of Canada (2014) - Production Dramaturg
  • R3: Richard III, uWaterloo Drama (2013) - Production Dramaturg
  • Kill Shakespeare (world premiere), Young Centre for the Performing Arts (2012) - Production Dramaturg
  • Death of a Salesman, Soulpepper Theatre Company (2010) - Production Dramaturg
  • Oh What a Lovely War, Soulpepper Theatre Company (2010) - Production Dramaturg
  • Driftwood Theatre Group, Toronto (2008-2015) - Resident Dramaturg
  • Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto (2010-2012) - Resident Dramaturg


  • Ph.D, Drama, University of Toronto, Canada, 2009
  • BA (Hons), Theatre Studies and English, University of Western Australia, Australia, 2001

Classes taught

  • THT 110 - Introduction to Theatre (live and online modalities)
  • THT 198 - Hakas, Hat-Tricks, and Lambeau Leaps: The Theatricality of Sport
  • THT 285 - Text Analysis
  • THT 334 - Production Dramaturgy (live and online modalities)
  • THT 352 - Acting Shakespeare
  • THT 364 - Western Theatre History I (live and online modalities)
  • THT 367 - Western Theatre History II (live and online modalities)
  • THT 470 - From Page to Performance: Adaptation and Popular Culture
  • THT 495 - Senior Seminar

Independent Studies

  • Dramaturgy
  • Social Media Internships
  • Honors Program Supervision