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Laurie J. Wolf

Professor of Theatre

Office: Phi Beta Kappa Hall 213
Email: [[ljwolf]]
Phone: 757-221-2671

Areas of Specialization

Historian, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, Playwriting and Dramaturgy, Renaissance Studies, Film Theory, Director

Courses Taught

Theatre History, Aspects of Film Noir, Women in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock, Feminist Theory and Contemporary Theatre, Shakespeare’s Renaissance Theatre, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Beginning and Advanced Playwriting, Divas and Muses, Introduction to Theatre

Student Advising

Theatre Majors, Pre-Majors, Transfers, Interdisciplinary Studies, Honors Theses, Senior Directorials


Professor Wolf holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, and previously taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she developed and convened the MA degree in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. She is an associate member of the Stage Society of Directors and Choreographers, and included among her directing credits are Candida and Othello (for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Pippin, Unidentified Human Remains, Marat/Sade, Amadeus, Rhinoceros, Avenue Q  and the upcoming Addams Family Musical at the College. She is dedicated to the development of new writing; previous students have had works produced at NYC Fringe, Capital Fringe and the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Laurie’s current scholarship is focused on women in Shakespeare’s problem plays. She has been invited to and has presented at various international Shakespeare conferences situated in such locations as Taipei, Taiwan; Hull, United Kingdom and New Delhi, India. She has authored/edited three books on theatre: Performance Analysis: an Introductory Coursebook, co-edited with Colin Counsell (Routledge), Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, introduction and editor (Nick Hern Books) and Introduction to Theatre: A Direct Approach (XLibris).