Title: Professor of Drama
Company: Hofstra University
Location: Levittown, New York, United States
James J. Kolb, PhD, Professor of Drama at Hofstra University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in drama education.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Kolb pursued his higher education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1966. He continued his academic pursuits at New York University, where he received a Master of Arts and a PhD in theatre history and theory in 1968 and 1974, respectively. Dr. Kolb began his career as an instructor at Nazareth College in 1969, where he went on to achieve the positions of an assistant professor of theatre arts in 1972, an associate professor of theatre arts in 1976 and a full professor of theatre arts in 1982. Dr. Kolb remained at the institution until 1984 when he transitioned to the Hochstein School of Music, where he worked until 1985.
From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Kolb served as the director of liberal arts studies at the University College for Continuing Education at Hofstra University. After holding the post of an adjunct professor of drama for one year, he has served the institution as a full professor of drama since 1988. In addition to his primary professional endeavors, Dr. Kolb contributed to the New York State Council on the Arts as a theater auditor from 1976 to 1983 and as a consultant to Arts Connection from 1988 to 1989. He also shared his expertise as a speaker in the humanities for 15 years.
Dr. Kolb has found success through his creative work as well, writing and contributing to numerous publications and presentations. From 1972 to 2014, he directed myriad plays, including “Madwoman of Chaillot,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Stage Door,” “Merry Wives of Windsor,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” among many others. He has also directed a wealth of musicals and operas, and co-directed the Musical Theater Conference in 2003. Dr. Kolb co-edited two volumes of essays on American theater in the 1920s and directed a multi-day symposium on James Bond in 2007. He credits Joe Beranowski as a mentor and inspiration in his career.
In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kolb has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including multiple New York State Regents Teaching Fellowships and a Zelda Lyons Medal for Proficiency in the Humanities from St. John Fisher College. He was also selected as a Teacher of Excellence in Drama by the New York State English Council in 1983 and was named a Distinguished Colleague of the Year in 1984. Dr. Kolb has maintained membership to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Theatre and Drama Society, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Theatre Library Association, the St. Thomas Aquinas Honor Society and the American Theatre Association, among further organizations. As a further testament to his success and stature, he has been featured in the second edition of Who’s Who in Entertainment.
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