I received a B.A. in Classics (Greek) at Yale University, and then a Ph.D. in Classics, with a minor in Comparative Literature, at Stanford University. My doctoral work focused on the interpretive implications of doubling and the three-actor convention in Greek tragedy.
At Randolph my students and I put that work on its feet by continuing the R-MWC Greek Play tradition, begun in 1909 by Greek Professor Mabel K. Whiteside. Directing the plays provides insight into the realities facing the ancient playwrights, and my research continues to argue that you cannot understand the plays without understanding how they were played. I have now directed twelve productions using original practices, eleven in the Whiteside Greek Theatre on campus and one in Greece as part of the 2009 summer travel seminar, “Practical Wisdom: Philosophy and Drama in Greece.”
Although Greek drama is my specialty, I love teaching any course that leads students into an understanding of ancient literature and culture, in translation or in the original language. I haven’t met an obscure grammatical term I don’t love, and I do my best to inspire your passion for them as well in my ancient Greek courses. I also try to help students remember that the point of learning that declension or conjugation is to be able to read the words of the ancients, and to draw us that much closer to understanding them and their importance to us.
When I have time, I see movies, read novels, and knit. I live happily on Garland Hill with my husband Chris, my sons Spencer and Leo, and my daughter Helen.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A. Greensboro College; M.F.A., University of Houston
A professional performer, Stephanie Earl enjoys sharing her knowledge of the stage with Randolph students in acting and directing classes.
After completing her MFA in Texas, he served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston and at Lone Star College and also taught acting and dance classes for children.
In Virginia, Earl was a member of the Barter Players and Barter Theatre Equity Resident Company at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and since 2011 has been a member of the American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College.
Earl has worked professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer for the last 15 years. She earned her B.A. in theatre performance and dance from Greensboro College and her M.F.A. in acting from The University of Houston PATP.
Earl began working as an actor at The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in 2011. Roles include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Other regional theatre acting work includes credits from The Barter Theatre, Main Streen Theatre Houston, Endstation Theatre, and The Farm Theatre.
Her work as a director and choreographer has been seen by audiences at The American Shakespeare Center, Randolph College, and Main Street Theatre, Houston. She directed and choreographed three productions for The American Shakespeare Center last year. Her most recent project, Anne Page Hates Fun, was a world premiere and the first production in the ASC’s world renowned Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries series. Her direction for the ASC’s 2018 production of A Christmas Carol received praise from DCMetro”…with Stephanie Holladay Earl’s intricately-woven choreography and direction, this new production soars in ways I never thought possible.” Stephanie spent last summer performed with Endstation Theatre Company, appearing in Tuesday’s with Morrie and The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story.
Heather earned a B.S. in theatre design and technology from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre studies with a focus in technical direction. She currently teaches Stagecraft, oversees the production labs, oversees production of the theatre department shows, works with the Dance department as lighting designer and co-technical director for their concerts, and teaches a freshman experience course.
Recently, Heather served as season technical director for Endstation Theatre Company, Randolph’s professional theatre company in residence. She takes an active role in the College and is excited to work with students.
She has previously worked as the season technical director at the Theater at Monmouth and Porthouse Theatre. She has strong ties with Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA and has worked there as a props artisan, props master, and assistant technical director/draftsman.
Heather has also worked with Midland Community Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts.
Additional work at Randolph College includes scenic designer for She Kills Monsters and Medea, faculty advisor for the student theatre club “Sock and Buskin”.