The Department of Theater and Dance is pleased to welcome Frederick Douglass Institute Scholars Fellow, Ethan Hollinger. Hollinger is completing his MFA in lighting design at Illinois State University and will be teaching courses at IUP this semester in Basic Stage Audio, Lighting for the Stage, and Theater Graphics in addition to serving as the resident lighting, sound, and media designer for Theater-by-the-Grove.
Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Hollinger completed his undergraduate work at North Greenville University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Theater and a minor in English. He continued his studies at Illinois State University, where he is completing a Master of Fine Arts in Theater with an emphasis in lighting design. He has also competed in the National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence for Region 3, receiving an honorable mention for his work on Waiora, his monograph project.
Through his work on pieces such as Waiora, Harvest, the Walls, and the Sun Serpent, Hollinger explores and promotes multiculturalism in every way he can, stating “Diversity is best encouraged to thrive through the creation of a space that accepts and encourages all, regardless of credo, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, or anything else.”
Ethan is excited to continue his work with the Frederick Douglass Institute and Department of Theater and Dance as he works to expand viewpoints and begin conversations about intersectionality and queer theory within theater.