Visiting Faculty


Kimberly Patterson

Photo of Kimberly PattersonPatterson is a playwright, dramaturg, and educator. Her plays have appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, the Orlando Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theater Festival. Her musical, Oedipus for Kids!, is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the U.S. The concert version was presented in November 2017 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Douchenozzle, her latest musical, was workshopped in Nashville and premiered at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. She has been a participating playwright in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festival since 2012. In 2019, she received the John Cauble Short Play Award in Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her one-act play Arachnothology. As an educator, she’s received the Linda P. Wise Grant from the Educational Theatre Association and the Innovative Instruction in Playwriting Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Her teaching specialties are Shakespeare, stagecraft, and writing for the stage. Patterson earned an M.F.A. in playwriting from Hollins and has a master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School with a concentration in performance studies, dramatic writing, and technical theatre. She returns to Hollins this summer as dramaturg in residence and will be teaching a section of Advanced Playwriting Tutorial.

dominic Taylor

Photo of Dominic TaylorTaylor is a Los Angeles based writer and director whose work has been seen all over the country. The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop have all commissioned Taylor as a writer. His play, I Wish You Love, premiered at Penumbra Theatre, and was produced at both The Kennedy Center and at Hartford Stage in 2012. Hype Hero was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn., and was produced at Brown University in fall 2014. His written work includes Wedding Dance and Personal History, both produced at The Kennedy Center by the African Continuum Theatre and published by He is also sought after as a director. In 2016, he directed Alan Berks play with music Complicated Fun at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. In 2015, Taylor directed Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind at Augsburg College in St. Paul. In 2014, he re-envisioned and directed a classic of the Harlem Renaissance, The Purple Flower, at Boston’s Factory Theatre, and incorporated shadow puppets as his characters. His directing projects have been as varied as the opera Fresh Faust at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; The Negroes Burial Ground at The Kitchen in New York City; Destiny and Uppa Creek at Manhattan’s Dixon Place; Ride the Rhythm in the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., and The Wiz at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center in Minneapolis. He also reimagined and restaged the Black Nativity for Penumbra Theatre. His next directing project will be a commercial musical, Selassie, which he will also write. He is an alumnus member of New Dramatists. He received his bachelor’s and master of fine arts degrees from Brown University and is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a board member of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and an associate artistic director of America-in-Play. He is the former associate artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Bard College, City University of New York, Columbia College of Chicago, Bennington College, and Brown University. At present he is a full professor at UCLA, School of Theater, Film, and Television.  He joins Hollins University this summer as the Bob Moss Resident Professional Teaching Artist.


  • Playscript Analysis and Criticism
  • Selected Dramatists: Contemporary Black Playwrights

Past Visiting Faculty include:

Kate Bredeson, Jonathan Dorf, Jeff Goode, Jason Grote, Samantha Macher, Stephen Sossaman, Roland Tec, and Peter Ullian.

Planned Guests for Summer 2019

Because of the rotating nature of the program, faculty and guests are listed subject to availability. Please check this page frequently for updated information.

Mark Armstrong

Photo of Mark ArmstrongArmstrong is the executive director for The 24 Hour Plays, where he oversees The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, The 24 Hour Musicals, and time-limited theatre events around the world. He spent four years as the director of new work for Off-Broadway’s Keen Company, where he created the Keen Playwrights Lab for mid-career playwrights and led Keen Teens, producing new plays with high school actors from across New York City. Armstrong spent three years as the literary director for Playscripts Inc., where he compiled and edited the play collections 24×24: The 24 Hour Plays Anthology and Naked Angels Issues Projects: Collected Plays. His writing has appeared in American Theatre, HowlRound and the Brooklyn Rail. Armstrong is a proud member of SDC and Ensemble Studio Theatre. As a director, his credits include projects with Naked Angels, Primary Stages, Keen Company, New Dramatists, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, TheatreSquared, and Dorset Theater Festival.

Becky Becker

Photo of Becky BeckerBecker is professor of theatre and chair of the department of performing arts at Clemson University. In addition to being a longstanding teacher of theatre history, dramaturgy, playwriting, and devising performance, she is a director, dramaturg, and playwright. Becker has directed a wide range of established works, as well as such new works as Compañeras, The Old Ship of Zion, and Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan. She has conceived, written, and directed several oral history plays, including Westville: Collected Lives and Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town. Becker is chair of the National Playwriting Program for Region 4 of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, serves on the publications committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and is a past editor for Theatre Symposium: A Journal of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Volumes 24 and 25. Her research interests include new plays, cross-cultural theatre, hidden histories, social justice, and embodied cognition. She has been published in various edited volumes and journals, including Theatre Journal, Feminist Teacher, Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, and Theatre Symposium. Becker completed a B.S. Ed. in communication arts and a B.A. in English at Minot State University as well as an M.A. in theatre arts at the University of North Dakota, later earning her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. Prior to coming to Clemson University, she was professor of theatre at Columbus State University, also serving as assistant director for the Center for Global Engagement there, and previously associate professor of theatre at Truman State University.

Kirsten Fitzgerald

Photo of Kirsten FitzgeraldFitzgerald is a proud member of the Artistic Ensemble and the current artistic director at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago where her performances include Mud Blue Sky, The Butcher of Baraboo, The New Electric Ballroom, and Abigail’s Party. She received a Jeff Award for her performance in The Sea Horse at A Red Orchid and an After Dark Award for her performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Circle Theatre. On television, Fitzgerald plays Mac in Sirens (USA) and has been seen on Chicago Fire (NBC), ER (NBC), and Underemployed (MTV). She also teaches acting at DePaul University and Columbia College. She has a B.A. (theatre and film) from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and an M.F.A. (acting) from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Jacqueline E. Lawton

Photo of Jacqueline E. LawtonLawton is an advocate for access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the American Theatre, and is the Dramatist Guild of America regional representative for North Carolina. Her plays include: Among These Wild Things, Anna K; Blackbirds; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; The Inferior Sex; Intelligence; Love Brothers Serenade; Mad Breed; and Noms de Guerre. Lawton received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and an alumna of National New Play Network, Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena, and Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Bob Moss

Photo of Bob MossMoss has been affiliated with Hollins Playwright’s Lab since 2009. He is lead faculty for the New Play Directing Certificate program and for the past five years has served as resident professional teaching artist for the M.F.A. program. He began his teaching career in 1983 at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, an affiliate program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 1990 he took over as director of the school and continued teaching there until he left in 1997 for Syracuse University’s drama department. He has also taught directing at Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland. Moss has been an artistic director for 37 years, continues to direct regionally, and was recently named a living legend of Off-Off Broadway. He has served on the theatre panels of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and the board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Carl Hancock Rux

Photo of Carl Hancock RuxRux is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist. Rux is the author of the novel, Asphalt (Simon Schuster), the OBIE Award winning play, Talk, and the Village Voice Literary prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta. He is the former head of the M.F.A. Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University San of California–Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, the University of Iowa, and Brown University. He is the recipient of several awards including the Herb Alpert Prize, NYFA Prize, NYFA Gregory Millard Fellow, and NEA/TCG Artist-in-Residency Fellow.

Planned Guest Respondents for Playwrights Festival 2019

Because of the rotating nature of the program, faculty and guests are listed subject to availability. Please check this page frequently for updated information.

Kate Blair, Robert Caisley, Neeley Gossett, Jere Hodgin, Celise Kalke, Laura King, Bree Luck, Michael Martin, Susanne Shawyer, Rob Urbinati.

Past Guest Speakers and Respondents include:

Liz Duffy Adams, Becky Becker, Mark Bly, Café Antarsia Ensemble, Mark Charney, Rick Cleveland, Erin Courtney, Joseph Craig, Annalisa Dias, Ken Dingledine, Laura Esping, David Faux, Kevin D. Ferguson, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Gary Garrison, Jason Aaron Goldberg, David Gothard, Larry Harbison W. David Hancock, Heather Helinsky, Mead Hunter, Toby Huss, Morgan Jenness, Christopher Jones, Melanie Joseph, Celise Kalke, Marya Sea Kaminski, Drea Lewis, Jessica Litwak, Todd London, Sarah Lunnie, Margaret McKowen, Paul Meshejian, Julie Mollenkamp, Ann G. Morgan, Brett Neveu, Robert Ross Parker, Robert Patrick, Ginger Poole, Craig Pospisil, Scott Proudfit,  Erin Quinn Purcell, Micahel Rau, Ron Riley, Randy Rollison, Jay Reiss, Tanya Saracho, Ed Sayles, Margo Lee Sherman, Kim Shively, Cheryl Snodgrass, Jim Stark, Gwydion Suilebhan, Jeffrey Sweet, Adam Szymkowicz, Dominic Taylor, Lucy Thurber, Naomi Wallace, Mac Wellman, Dwayne Yancey, Ernie Zulia