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Errol G. Hill, Theatre Historian

Errol G. Hill visited in 1988 as part of the Ralph L. Collins Memorial Lecture Series, giving two lectures. The first was titled "The Revolutionary Tradition in Black Drama" and the second "Carnival Drama of the Caribbean."

Theatre historian, critic, playwright, editor, actor, director, and teacher Errol Gaston Hill was born and educated in Trinidad. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London he received the BA, MFA in Playwriting, and the DFA in Theatre History from Yale University. In 1968 he became the John D. Willard Professor of Drama and Oratory at Dartmouth College. He also taught and directed theatre at the University of California-Berkeley, Richmond College, City University of New York, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and the University of the West Indies.

In addition to teaching, Hill has produced, directed, and performed in over 150 plays and pageants in Nigeria, the West Indies, England, Wales, and the United States. A prolific writer of plays, poetry, scholarly books, and journal articles, he is author of Shakespeare in Sable: A History of Black Shakespearean Actors and The Trinidad Carnival: Mandate for a National Theatre. He is editor of numerous volumes on Caribbean Theatre and Black Theatre, including The Theatre of Black Americans: A Collection of Critical Essays. Other works include A History of the Afro-American Drama and Theatre and Thespis in Jamaica: Profile of a Colonial Theatre.

Among Hill’s one-act plays are Man Better Man: A Trinidad Folk Musical, Dance Bongo: Fantasy in One Act, and Strictly Matrimony: Comedy in One Act.