skidmore theater faculty

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn AndersonProfessor – Directing, History & Theory

M.A., University of Illinois

Courses taught:

In the Studio:

  • Introduction to Directing
  • Intermediate Directing
  • Collaborations (with Will Bond)

Literature and History:

  • American Theater
  • LGBTQ Voices on Stage
  • Theater of the Absurd
  • Text Analysis: Plays and more Plays
  • American Political Theater: On the Street and in your Face
  • American Political Theater: Plays on Stage
  • Women in the American Theater

Carolyn Anderson is a director and writer. Her devised works, many of which focus on themes exploring human dignity, historical events, social welfare and environmental issues have been performed at Actor’s Alley Repertory Theater in Los Angeles, The Arizona State Theatre’s Cabaret Theatre, the Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University, Capital Rep’s Touring program, the Hyde Museum, as well as many other venues. The Play, Faces: A Living Newspaper on AIDS, written in collaboration with Wilma Hall, was produced by theaters and organizations across the country, and was the subject of a documentary produced by PBS/WMHT-TV. Anderson was part of a team of writers who created the film script, Something More at Stake, about The Saratoga Battlefields for the National Park Service. At Capital Repertory Theater she collaborated with Jill Rafferty on Petticoats of Steel: A Living Newspaper on Women’s Suffrage for the theater’s education program and touring company. Anderson is a director for Capital Rep’s NEXT ACT: New Play Festival, and has directed numerous plays at Skidmore College, among them are: Seamus Haney’s translation of Sophocles’ Antigone, The Burial at Thebes, Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and Passion Play, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and in collaboration with Will Bond, Lorca’s Blood Wedding. At the TANG Museum she directed a series of plays by Samuel Beckett, Beckettshorts, within the context of the museum’s exhibition on abstraction, The Jewel Thief. Also at the TANG, she created and directed American Collision (S), a theater piece in response to the exhibit, Classless Society.


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