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Emily Rollie, PhD

An artist-scholar, Emily Rollie's (Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies)  work spans theatre practice and scholarship, finding ways for each area to fuel the other. Dr. Rollie completed her PhD in Theatre from the University of Missouri, and received her Master’s degree in Theatre Production at CWU, where she directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a touring children’s production, for her MA thesis project. 

Her primary research areas include women and feminist theatre, Canadian theatre, directing practice and theory, and theatre for social change.  She has had work published in Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, Theatre Journal, Canadian Theatre Review, SDC Journal (peer-reviewed section), Theatre Survey, and Theatre History Studies.  Most recently, her article “‘And we are here’: Performance, Reality, and Canadian National Identity in Electric Company Theatre’s Tear the Curtain!” was nominated for the ATDS Vera Mowry Roberts Award, and her article on directing feminist solo women performers appeared in the edited volume  About Directing (edited by Anna Migliarsi). Her current book project considers the ways Canadian women directors negotiate issues related to power, gender, and other intersectional identities in their artistic work.

As an artist/director, Dr. Rollie has directed in venues around the country and spent five years as the artistic director of Independent Actors Theatre (IAT), a "purposefully nomadic" theatre company, which became known for its annual short Women's Play Festival (the plays are short, not the women!). She also was the associate director of the Troubling Violence Performance Project (TVPP), a group dedicated to opening lines of communication about issues of relationship violence through the performance of personal narratives, for four years, and she began a second branch of TVPP in 2014.

An active member of multiple professional organizations, Dr. Rollie is the focus group representative for the Directing Program, part of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).  She also is a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) as well as a member of the new CATR Task Force on Adjunct, Graduate Student, and Alternative Academic Career Advocacy. She regularly attends and has held positions for the Mid-America Theatre Conference. She is also an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and serves as an assistant editor for the SDC Journal – Peer Reviewed Section.

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