Amy S. Holzapfel

Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre

'62 Center for Theatre & Dance Rm 186


B.A. Brown University (1996)
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, Dramatury & Dramatic Criticism (2001)
D.F.A. Yale School of Drama, Dramatury & Dramatic Criticism (2006)

Current Committees

  • Curricular Planning Committee


Amy Holzapfel is Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre at Williams College. She is the author of Art, Vision & Nineteenth-Century Realist Drama: Acts of Seeing (Routledge 2014), which explores how modern theories of vision in art and science impacted the rise of realism in theatre. She has published articles in Contemporary Theatre Review, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, The Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Modern Drama, and Theater, as well as chapters in the anthologies: Spatial Turns: Space, Place and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture (Rodopi 2010); The Oxford Handbook on Dance & Theatre (Oxford 2015); The Routledge Companion to Scenography (Routledge 2017); and August Strindberg & Visual Culture (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). Her current monograph-in-progress, The Commons of Tragedy: Democracy, Social Capital, and the Resurgence of the Chorus in Twenty-First Century Performance (U. Michigan), traces the revitalization of the collective body of the tragic chorus as both a safeguard of democracy and resource for social capital. She received her M.F.A. (2001) and D.F.A. (2006) in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.