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 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her blog, which can be accessed at “The Feminist Spectator.” She posts regularly about recent theatre, performance, film, and television. In 2013, Palgrave Macmillan will publish her book, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism on Stage and Screen, which collects 20 of her blog posts and includes 10 new essays, as well as an introduction and a “how to” section on writing feminist criticism.
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 edited A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama.
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. She is working on a critical study of the plays of Wendy Wasserstein, and will soon start a similar study about playwright/director Emily Mann.
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; and American studies.