2014 PIIRS Global Seminars
Performing Irishness: Theater and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Ireland
Galway, Ireland, June 16 - July 28, 2014
Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and a professor of English and theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts; she also directs Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Dolan received the 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her blog, “The Feminist Spectator,” where she posts regularly about theater, performance, film, and television. Twenty of her blog posts and ten new essays are collected in her most recent book, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism on Stage and Screen (2013), published by Palgrave Macmillan. Other recent publications include A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (editor, 2011), which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama, and Theatre & Sexuality (2010). She is currently working on a critical study of the plays of Wendy Wasserstein and will begin a similar study about the playwright/director Emily Mann. In 2011, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education awarded Dolan its Outstanding Teaching Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from its Women and Theatre Program.
Stacy Wolf is a professor of theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts; and the director of the Princeton Atelier. Wolf also oversees the Lewis Center’s Music Theater Lab and has experience as a director and dramaturg. She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical (2011) and the coeditor (with Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris) of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical (2011). Her articles on theater spectatorship, performance pedagogy, and musical theater have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Theatre Journal , Modern Drama, and Camera Obscura. Her essay, “We’ll Always Be Bosom Buddies: Female Duets and the Queering of Broadway Musical Theatre,” published in GLQ [Gay and Lesbian Quarterly], was honored as the 2006 Best Essay in Theatre Studies from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is also working on a biography of Mary Martin and on “The American Musical after Broadway: Dinner Theatres, Road Shows, and Amateur Hours,” which explores the persistence of musical theater across the country in amateur and semiprofessional venues.