Oliver Gerland
Honors RAP Director
Theater

I earned High Honors at Swarthmore College, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy.  I received my PhD in Drama and Humanities from Stanford University where I met my wife, Kate.  We moved to Boulder in 1992 when I became an Assistant Professor of Theatre at CU and had three children over the next seven years.  I published my first book, A Freudian Poetics for Ibsen’s Theatre (Mellen 1998), and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.  I chaired the Theatre & Dance Department from 1999-2003 (and again, 2009-1010), coordinated the dramaturgy program of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and wrote and directed plays.  I also began to develop new research and teaching interests, in copyright law and disability studies.  I joined the Humanities program in 2011 and am currently revising a book manuscript, Owning the Insubstantial Pageant: Copyright in Theater and Performance.  I was appointed Faculty Director of the Honors Residential Academic Program in January 2013. I am a scholar, artist, and administrator but, most of all, I am a teacher, committed to growing people of all ages and abilities.