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)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

THEA 102 / ARTS 102 / DANC 102(F)

In the Room Together: An Introduction to Dance, Theatre, and Live Performance

THEA 248 / ENGL 234 / COMP 248

The Modern Theatre: Plays and Performance

ENGL 253 T / COMP 247 / THEA 250 / WGSS 250

Gender, Sexuality and Modern Performance

COMP 355 / AMST 345 / THEA 345 / ENGL 349

Contemporary Theatre and Performance

COMP 401 / THEA 402(F)

Senior Seminar: The Antigone Project

THEA 439

Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Art of Adaptation

THEA 455(F)

Advanced Practicum

Current Committees

  • Curricular Planning Committee


Amy Holzapfel is Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre at Williams College, where she teaches courses in theatre history and literature, performance studies, and dramaturgy. She also serves as dramaturge on Theatre Department productions and on the advisory committees of the Departments of Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her principal research interests include: nineteenth-century theatre, theatre and visual art, dance-theatre, and contemporary performance. Her monograph, Art, Vision & Nineteenth-Century Realist Drama: Acts of Seeing (Routledge, 2014) explores how modern theories of vision in art and science impacted the rise of the realist movement 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 2018). She is currently at work on two research projects: the first exploring the lost chorus in modern performance and the second theorizing a post-Recession genre of “subprime critique and performance.” She received her M.F.A. (2001) and D.F.A. (2006) in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, a Hellman Fellowship, a Lehman Fellowship at the Oakley Center for the Humanities & Social Sciences, and a Research Fellowship from the American Society of Theatre Research, as well as two Honorable Mentions for her published essays.