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Dr. Dorothy J. Holland
Dr. Dorothy J. Holland
Associate Professor of Theatre and WGSS
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Dorothy Holland is associate professor of theatre and associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Dr. Holland teaches a range of courses: Production Studies, Theatre History, 20th-century Acting Styles and Theories, Physical Theatre, Staging Gender, Musical Theatre, and the First Year Seminar.  Her research explores the intersections of performance theory, feminist theory, and contemporary theatre practice. 

Holland has been a professional actor and director for over 30 years; she has performed leading roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national tours, and in regional theatres throughout the country.  Since she came to the University of Richmond in 1999, Holland has directed a variety of main-stage productions: All My Sons (Arthur Miller), How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel), Mother Courage and Her Children (Brecht), Company (Sondheim), Gypsy (starring Lorna Luft), The Furies (Aeschylus), Amadeus (Peter Shaffer), Small Tragedy (Craig Lucas), Fiddler on the Roof, The Skin of Our Teeth (Thornton Wilder), The Madwoman of Chaillot (Giraudoux), and Rent (Jonathan Larson). She has also performed leading roles in several local productions: Prospero in The Tempest,  Emily Stilson in Arthur Kopit's Wings, Evelyn in Tales of the Lost Formicans, and the Catwoman in By the Bog of Cats  -- all directed by Walter Schoen.  She was also the Old Woman in Ionesco’s The Chairs, directed by Paolo Emilio Landi, appeared in The Laramie Project for Barksdale Theatre, was Vada Love Powell in The Exact Center of the Universe and Susan Strasberg in the premier of Alex Finlayson's Misfits, also for Barksdale Theatre.


Distinguished Educator Award, 2005

Excellence in Acting Award. Rainbow International Theatre Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, for THE CHAIRS (Ionesco), directed by Paolo Emilio Landi, 2007


International Directors Symposium. DAH Research Center, Belgrade, Serbia. June 2010.

AiR Project. Queen’s College, University of London. March, 2010.

International Directors Symposium. Spoleto, Italy.  July 2008.

Public Radio International Special, "I Saw Three Ships." Broadcast aired on NPR  24-25 December 2007.

International Directors Symposium. Spoleto, Italy. 18 July - 6 August, 2006.

Shakespeare’s Cross-Gender Game: Women Get into the Act. University of New Hampshire Women’s Studies Program. Durham, NH, March 2005.

History, Method, and Meaning: Directing Mother Courage. University of Richmond Faculty Forum, 2001.

Figuring Gender in the Black Crook: Representations of Gender on the Nineteenth-Century American Stage. Southeast Theatre Conference. Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, 2001.

Cross-Gender Casting in Educational Theatre: Perils and Promise. Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, Chicago, 2001.

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Actors Equity Association
Screen Actors Guild
Dramatists Guild
Association of Theatre in Higher Education
Selected Publications

“The Old Buzzard: Figuring Gender in the Black Crook,”  Theatre Symposium. Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 2002.


"Bodies at Play: A General Economy of Performance." Reading Bataille Now. Shannon Winnubst, ed. Indiana University Press, 2006.

Ph.D., University of Washington
Theatre History and Theory
M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College
B.S., Skidmore College
Contact Information
201 Booker Hall
(804) 287-6662
(804) 287-1841 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Theatre history
Gender studies