Shirley Kagan

SHirley KaganElliott Professor of Theater
Johns Auditorium, 101
(434) 223-6266


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

Shirley Kagan is in her eighteenth year of teaching theatre at Hampden-Sydney. Kagan is also an Associate Artist of Richmond Shakespeare. Her most recent involvement with the group was directing Omnium Gatherum for their Historical Play Reading Series in September, 2014.

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

  • Text Coach for "Midsummer Night's Dream"Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
  • presented paper "Thou Art thy Mother's Glass: Finding yourself in Shakespeare's Sonnets" Association of Core Texts and Courses
 Conference 2014-04-12
  • presented the paper "Text on the Run: a production of the 39 Steps" at South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, November, 2013

Other Interests

  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Traveling
  • Karaoke