Dr. Ann D Farrelly

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Contact Info

114 Art Building
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001

Campuses and Colleges

  • UW-Platteville
  • Liberal Arts and Education

Department Info

0114 Art Building
0114 Art Building
Department Chairperson
0114 Art Building
0114 Art Building




  • B.A. in English and Theatre, University of Dayton
  • M.A. 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

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Play Analysis
  • Irish Drama
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Critical Theory
  • Theatre History
  • Theatre Writing and Research
  • Directing Pioneer Players Productions


Ann Dillon Farrelly is a Professor of Theatre and Theatre Program Coordinator 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 (fifth ed.) by J. Michael Gillette and The Theater Experience (ninth ed.) by Edwin Wilson. While at OSU, she also co-authored a chapter of Introducing Theatre (eighth 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), Her directing credits include 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, Guys and Dolls, The Normal Heart, night Mother, The Pillowman, Company, Marat/Sade, Eurydice, Stupid F*cking Bird, A Streetcar Named Desire, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Waiting for Godot, Noises Off, 1776, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Hamlet, Fool for Love, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Cloud 9, The Taming of the Shrew, I Hate Hamlet, A Lie of the Mind, Doctor Faustus, Something Rotten, Life Sucks, Macbeth, and Assassins, Stop Kiss, and Our Town (UW-Platteville) A Year With Frog and Toad, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Fiddler on the Roof, next to normal, The Last Five Years, and Mary Poppins (Heartland Festival), and Peter and the Starcatcher, Big Fish, Bright Star, Once, and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Platteville Summer Arts Festival). Farrelly also served as the Artistic Director of UW-Platteville's Heartland Festival and currently serves as the artistic director for the Platteville Summer Arts 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.