Jill Dolan is a professor in Princeton’s Program in Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts. She is also a professor in the Department of English and serves as the Director of the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.
Dolan began teaching at Princeton in 2008, arriving from the University of Texas at Austin, where she held the Zachary T. Scott Family Chair in Drama and had headed the Department of Theatre and Dance’s MA/PhD program in performance as a public practice since 1999. She was inducted into UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers in fall 2006, after winning a College of Fine Arts teaching award earlier in her UT career. During her six years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Madison—from 1988-1994—Dolan won the William Kiekhofer Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dolan’s most recent publication, Theatre & Sexuality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), is a book-length essay about the relationship between theatre and sexuality from cultural, theoretical, and practical perspectives. The book includes an extended reading of Belle Reprieve, the collaboration between the U.S. feminist/lesbian theatre company Split Britches and the U.K.-based gay male company Bloolips. Belle Reprieve rewrites Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire from a queer point of view.
Dolan is also the author of Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre, which is available from University of Michigan Press (2005); Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance (Wesleyan University Press); Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance (Michigan); and The Feminist Spectator as Critic (Michigan), which has been translated into Korean.
Dolan has also edited Menopausal Gentleman: Plays and Performances by Peggy Shaw, for the University of Michigan Press’s Triangulations: Drama/Theatre/Performance series (forthcoming 2011). The book collects Shaw’s performances You’re Just Like My Father; Menopausal Gentleman; To My Chagrin; and Must, along with other writing by Shaw, and an introduction by Dolan.
Dolan’s blog on which she writes regularly about recent theatre, performance, film, television, and novels, can be accessed at “The Feminist Spectator.” She has written numerous articles and essays on feminist and lesbian theatre and performance, on performance studies, and on arts advocacy, democracy, and social change. Her current book projects include a critical study of the plays of Wendy Wasserstein; a critical history of U.S. lesbian feminist culture in the 1970s and 1980s; and a history of LGBTQ theatre in the U.S. since 1960.
Dolan is a past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and a past president of the Women and Theatre Program, also of ATHE. She is the former Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she taught in the PhD Program in Theatre from 1994-1999. She is also a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.