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Fred Tollini S.J.
Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
Frederick Tollini, S.J., has been at Santa Clara since 1971, and teaches in the department of theatre and dance, specializing in drama and theatre history, Shakespeare studies, and directing plays. He has directed more than fifty plays and musicals and has acted in productions both at Santa Clara and in regional theatre.
Father Tollini has also directed a number of operas with SCU's music department, including The Magic Flute and The Medium.
He holds a doctorate in theatre 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.
Father Tollini studied acting in Greece and Israel, after serving as a civilian chaplain for the U.S. military in Germany in the 1960s. He was chair of SCU's theatre department for 12 years, served as president of the California Educational Theater Association, and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center's Excellence in Education award in 2002.
On Sundays, Father Tollini serves as visiting priest at Transfiguration Catholic Community church in San Jose. In his free time he also plays the fiddle and restores old violins.