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Jill Dolan

Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She 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 headed the Department of Theatre and Dance’s MA/PhD program in performance as a public practice from 1999-2008.

Prof. Dolan received the 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She was inducted into the University of Texas at Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers in Fall 2006, after receiving 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, Prof. Dolan received the William Kiekhofer Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 2009, she was inaugurated into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in 2011, became an invited member of the National Theatre Conference, a limited-membership organization for theatre professionals. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women and Theatre Program in 2011.

Prof. Dolan’s most recent book, Theatre & Sexuality, is available from Palgrave Macmillan (2010).  She also recently edited A Menopausal Gentleman:  The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (University of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the author of Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (Michigan, 2005); Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance (Wesleyan University Press, 2001); Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance (Michigan, 1993); and The Feminist Spectator as Critic (Michigan, 1991), which has been translated into Korean and will be reissued in an anniversary edition in 2012.

Prof. 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, lesbian, and queer theatre and performance, on performance studies, and on arts advocacy, democracy, and social change. Among her most recent publications include “Performing Jewishness Inside and Outside the Classroom,” which she co-authored with Prof. Stacy Wolf for the journal MELUS, based on their experiences teaching “Jewish American Theatre and Performance” at Princeton in Fall 2010; “I Will Survive:  Changing Trends in Feminism and Performance,” collected in True Confessions:  Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, edited by Susan Gubar (Norton, 2011); and “Unassuming Gender,” in Performing Arts Journal 33:3 (September 2011): 118-124.

Her current book projects include a critical study of the plays of Wendy Wasserstein; a critical history of US lesbian feminist culture in the 1970s and 1980s; and a history of LGBTQ theatre in the US 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.

Dolan holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University.  Her interests include theatre and drama; performance studies; women’s and feminist studies; LGBTQ studies; American studies; cultural studies and public intellectuals and the arts.

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