Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts. From 2009-2015, she served as the Director of Princeton's 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.
Dolan received the 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her blog, “The Feminist Spectator." She posts regularly about recent theatre, performance, film, and television. In 2013, Palgrave Macmillan published 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 extended introduction and a “how to” section on writing feminist criticism.
Dolan received the Distinguished Scholar Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Scholarship in the Field of Theatre Studies from the American Society for Theatre Research in 2013. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women and Theatre Program in 2011. In 2009, Dolan 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 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, she received the William Kiekhofer Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dolan edited A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (University of Michigan, 2011), which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama. Her other books include Theatre & Sexuality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (University of 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 was reissued in an anniversary edition in 2012. She is now working on a critical study of the plays of Wendy Wasserstein.
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 research interests include theatre and drama; performance studies; women’s and feminist studies; LGBTQ studies; and American studies.
In the news
“A new sightline at the theater: Dolan and Wolf bring fresh view of performance studies” | February 26, 2009, www.princeton.edu
Jill Dolan Receives Distinguished Scholar Award for Theater Research | DISCOVERY: Research at Princeton
“Performing Desire” | The Drama Review (TDR) Winter 2014 Issue
Princeton Portraits: “Making mistakes is part of being human” | portraits.princeton.edu
ASTR 2013 Distinguished Scholar
Read Jill Dolan’s remarks from the November 9, 2013 American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) conference in Dallas, where she was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award for “Outstanding achievement in scholarship in the field of theatre studies”