Shirley Kagan

Shirley KaganElliott Professor of Theater
Johns Auditorium, 201
(434) 223-6266


B.A. Williams College; M.F.A. - University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Shirley Kagan is in her nineteenth year of teaching theatre at Hampden-Sydney. Kagan is also an Associate Artist of Quill Theatre. Her most recent involvement with the group was acting as Gertrude in their summer festival production of Hamlet.

Teaching Interests

  • Directing and acting with particular interest in Beckett, Brecht, Pinter and Shakespeare. While at H-SC I have developed two courses that I particularly love: American History Through the Musical and The Theatre of Law. 
  • I also enjoy collaborative work with colleagues across the disciplines.

Committee Assignments & Service to the College

  • Kagan has served on many of the college committees and is currently serving on the Faculty Affairs Committee and as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts. 
  • She is pleased to serve as the advisor to the Jongleurs student theatre group and as advisor to Alpha Psi Omega Honors Dramatic Fraternity.

Most Recent Professional Activity

  • Director for K-Dance Shorts production of Samuel Beckett's Rockaby, March 2015
  • Director of Omnium Gatherum for Quill Theatre's Historical Reading Series, September 2014
  • Text Coach for A Midsummer Night's Dream Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall? 2014-06-12
  • presented paper "Thou Art thy Mother's Glass: Finding yourself in Shakespeare's Sonnets" Association of Core Texts and Courses? Conference 2014-04-12

Other Interests

  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Traveling
  • Karaoke