Theater Faculty - Stephen Hollis

Director of the Theater Program
Stephen Hollis

Originally trained as an assistant director with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, England, Professor Hollis worked with the Citizens Theatre Company in Glasgow, Scotland, before being appointed Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre, a leading repertory theater just outside London. His West End credits include three world premiers by the distinguished British playwright, Simon Gray: Spoiled, Molly and Stagestruck starring Alan Bates. In 1985, he was appointed Artistic Director of New Arts Theater in Dallas until 1988, since which time he has guest directed at many of the leading regional theaters across the country including: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Arcadia), California Shakespeare Festival (Henry 1V, Part 1), Long Wharf Theater (Molly), Alliance Theater Atlanta (Master Harold and the Boys), Cincinnati Playhouse (Notebook of Trigorin, Barrymore, Dracula, Master Harold and the Boys), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet, Henry 1V, part II, Arms and the Man, Sisters Rosensweig, Merry Wives of Windsor, Hay Fever). Since making New York City his home, Hollis has directed at the Manhattan Theatre Club (In the Summerhouse), Roundabout Theatre Company (The Philanderer, Fallen Angels), The Pearl Theatre Company (Blithe Spirit), Abingdon Theater Company (Private Battles, Pagans, Greek Holiday), amongst others. He has also taught and guest directed at The Juilliard School, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the State University of New York, Purchase. Professor Hollis has a BA in French Literature from the University of Grenoble.