Associate Professor of Theatre
Co-Artistic Director, The Heartland Festival
BA in English and Theatre, University of Dayton
MA in English, University of Dayton
Ph.D. in Theatre, The Ohio State University
Previous Teaching Positions
The Ohio State University
Columbus State Community College
University of Dayton
Introduction to Theatre
Theatre Writing and Research
Directing Pioneer Players and Musical Theatre Productions
Ann Dillon Farrelly is an Associate Professor of Theatre at UW-Platteville. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Farrelly previously taught theatre as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University. She has also taught English composition and literature courses as a graduate student at the University of Dayton and as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State.
After receiving her B.A. in English and theatre and an M.A. in English from the University of Dayton, Farrelly received her Ph.D. in theatre at The Ohio State University, with emphases in history, literature, criticism, and directing. While at OSU, Farrelly studied with Dr. Tom Postlewait, Dr. Lesley Ferris, Dr. Alan Woods, Dr. Stratos Constantinidis, Dr. Joy Reilly, and Sue Ott Rowlands. Her area of specialization is Irish drama, particularly the works of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (upon whom she wrote her dissertation "It depends on the fella. And the cat.": Negotiating Humanness through the Myth of Irish Identity in the plays of Martin McDonagh). Her other research interests include African-American theatre, memory plays, and the American musical. In addition, Farrelly has worked to develop strategies for integrating technology into the theatre classroom and has co-authored several online teaching tools for theatre textbooks, such as Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup (5th ed.) by J. Michael Gillette and The Theater Experience (9th ed.) by Edwin Wilson. While at OSU, she also co-authored a chapter of Introducing Theatre (8th ed.) by Joy H. Reilly and M. Scott Phillips entitled “Innovations in Technology.
Her directing credits include Godspell and Pippin (University of Dayton), Private Words: The Hiding of Anne Frank’s Diary (Ohio State), Savage/Love, Fiddler on the Roof, All in the Timing, Another Opening, Another Show, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, The Importance of Being Earnest, Into the Woods, Betrayal, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, God of Carnage, and Guys and Dolls (UW-Platteville), and A Year With Frog and Toad, And the Killer Is…, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Murder Rides Again, Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead, and Fiddler on the Roof (Heartland Festival). Farrelly also serves as the co-artistic director of UW-Platteville's Heartland Festival.
Farrelly is active in the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Throughout her career, she has worked in all areas of theatre (acting, directing, design), but her primary focus is as a teacher, director, and scholar.