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James J. Kolb

Professor of Drama and Dance


PHD, 1974, New York Univ (NYU); MA, 1968, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1966, St John Fisher Coll


James J. Kolb (Theatre History, Literature, Styles) has a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York. His M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. A teacher of theatre history and dramatic literature since 1969, Professor Kolb taught for 15 years at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he was also chairman of the Theatre Arts Program for seven years and was a frequent stage director of musicals, operas and plays. After three years as a full-time administrator in University College for Continuing Education at Hofstra, Professor Kolb returned to the classroom as a full-time teacher in the fall of 1988. He served as chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University from 2000 to 2006. As a "Speaker in the Humanities" from 1990 to 1995, he lectured extensively for the New York Council for the Humanities on aspects of the American musical theatre throughout New York State. During 2003-2005 he was once again a "Speaker in the Humanities," presenting a lecture on "Eugene O'Neill and the Drama of the Dysfunctional American Family." For more than a decade, Professor Kolb taught an annual undergraduate course in the American Musical Theatre, and he continues to lecture extensively in public libraries and senior centers on various aspects of musical theater, drama, and opera. Recent publications include an essay, "The Cid: Four Operatic Transformations of a Spanish Classic," in The Hispanic Connection: Spanish and Spanish-American Literature in the Arts of the World, edited by Zenia Sacks DaSilva (Greenwood Press, April 2004); as well as co-editing with Arthur Gewirtz on Experimenters, Rebels, and Disparate Voices: The Theatre of the 1920s Celebrates American Diversity (Greenwood Press/Praeger, July 2003) and Art, Glitter, and Glitz: Mainstream Playwrights and Popular Theatre in 1920s America (Greenwood Press/Praeger, October 2004).

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DRAM 009 PLAY ANALYSIS Undergraduate
DRAM 173 (AA) HISTORY OF DRAMA 1 Undergraduate
DRAM 174 (AA) HISTORY OF DRAMA 2 Undergraduate
HUHC 020H DRAMA, OPERA & DANCE Undergraduate
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