Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department

Kim Mohne HillFred Tollini, S.J.


Frederick Tollini, SJ, has been at Santa Clara since 1971, and has taught in the English and Theater & Dance Departments (Chair 1980-93), specializing in Drama and Theater History, Shakespeare Studies and directing plays.

Fr. Tollini has directed over fifty plays and musicals, and acted in productions both at Santa Clara and in regional theater. His musical background at Santa Clara includes founding the Bronco Philharmonic,  an erstwhile and humble predecessor to the current university symphony orchestra. He is a Past President of the California Educational Theater Association (CETA).

He holds a doctorate in Theater History from Yale University and has published three books: Performance and Culture I-II  (American Heritage Press, 1995), Scene Design at the Court of Louis XIV (Edwin Mellon Press, 2003) and The Shakespeare Productions of Max Reinhardt (Edwin Mellon Press, 2004). A fourth work, The Art of Variation in the Scene Designs of Donald Oenslager, is obtainable directly from the Mellon Press.