Professional Experience

  • present Producer of the Edward Albee Festival, Arena Stage
  • 2003-present Freelance Experiential Education (Teambuilding) Facilitator
  • 2007-09 Chair and Director of Theater, Lake Forest College
  • 2006-07 Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Kalamazoo College

Education & Fellowships

  • 2006 Ph.D. Theatre Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2005 Fulbright/IIE Postgraduate Award to Australia, University of Sydney
  • 2004 International Center for Advanced Theatre Studies (ICATS), Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002 School for Criticism & Theory (SCT), Cornell University
  • 1999 B.A. Theatre / Philosophy, New College, Florida


Teaching detailed course descriptions and syllabi

University Teaching

  • 2008-09 Lake Forest College Theater History III: Shaw to Kushner | Playwrights & Performers: Considering Voice (First-Year Seminar) | Origins & Theories of Theater | Directing
  • 2007-08 Lake Forest College Directing | Dramatic Theory
  • 2006-07 Kalamazoo College Fundamentals of Acting | Theatre of Revolt: Modernism and Postmodernism in Western Theatre
  • 2003-04 University of Michigan Introduction to Acting
  • 2002-03 University of Michigan Introduction to Acting | Introduction to Theatre & Performance | Introduction to World Performance
  • 2001-02 University of Michigan Introduction to Theatre & Performance

Freelance Teaching

  • 2010 Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute | instructor: The Educated Audience
  • 2009 Traveling Players Ensemble High School Ensemble director
  • 2009 Camp Hanover Adventure Course Teambuilding Facilitator Training
  • 2008-09 KCACTF region III workshop "Building Ensemble"
  • 2008-09 KCACTF region III Production Response
  • 2008 Camp Hanover Adventure Course Teambuilding Facilitator Training
  • 2008 Lake Forest College Office of Residential Life Teambuilding Session for RA Training
  • 2007-08 KCACTF region III Production Response
  • 2007 Camp Hanover Adventure Course Teambuilding Facilitator Training
  • 2006-07 KCACTF region III workshop "Ensemble Building in Rehearsal"
  • 2006-07 KCACTF region III Production Response
  • 2004 Camp Hanover Adventure Course Teambuilding Facilitator Training
  • 2003 Camp Hanover Adventure Course Teambuilding Facilitator Training
  • 2003-06 University of Michigan Challenge Program Custom-Designed Teambuilding Sessions
  • 2000 Urbana Parks & Recreation Creative Kids After School


Research & Publications abstracts


Ohlandt, D. "This is My Body, Broken: Fantasies of Resurrection in 21st Century Television"
forthcoming chapter in anthology Small Screen Revelations, edited by Marcus O'Donnell, Sheffield Phoenix Press

Ohlandt, D. "Voice Embodied: Rhetoric at the Intersection of Writing and Performance"
2007 chapter in anthology What Is the New Rhetoric?, edited by Susan Thomas, Cambridge Scholars Press

Ohlandt-Ross, D. "Rehearsal As Cartography: Some Challenges for Metaphor and Practice"
January 2006 article published in About Performance, #6 (2006)

Ross, Dee. "Playing the Line: Language Games in the Plays of Tom Stoppard"
April 2002 article published in Text & Presentation, v. 23 (April 2002)


"Trying to Relate: Disability and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary Theatre"
University of Michigan, 2006 | dissertation chair: E. J. Westlake
winner 2007 Michael Myatt Distinguished Dissertation in Disability Studies Award

Juried Presentations & Invited Talks

  • November 2010 "'Tutu-Clad Studs' and 'Pseudo-Ballerinas': The 'Body Language' of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo" ASTR conference
  • November 2007 "The Appearance of Authenticity: Adapted & Artificial Language(s) in Deaf Theatre" PSi conference
  • November 2006 "Actors in the Mist: Observing Theatre Artists in Their Natural Habitat" ASTR conference
  • August 2006 "Science or Art? A (Postmodern) Matter of Life and Death"ATHE conference
  • June 2006 "Speaking As / Speaking For: Mental Illness as Disability in Theatrical Performance" Society for Disability Studies (SDS)
  • July 2005 "Getting Into History: the Problem with People in Historical Re-enactments"ADSA conference
  • April 2005 "Casting Strategies as a Site of Aesthetic Refusal" Philament journal (University of Sydney) conference
  • November 2004 "Considering Bodies in Evaluating Taste" roundtable seminar convened and chaired ASTR conference
  • August 2004 "Bodies of Research: On Acting, Ethnography, and Disability" ICATS seminar
  • April 2004 "Form and Function: Disabled Characters in 20th Century Drama" Comparative Drama Conference
  • April 2003 "Purely Formal Bodies: 'Characters Who Act' and Witkacy's Theory of Pure Form" Comparative Drama Conference
  • November 2002 "Toward a Responsible Portrayal of Blindness: Casting 'Across Ability' in Friel's Molly Sweeney"ASTR conference


Theatre Directing & Production descriptions & photos

  • April-July 2010 R. Buckminster Fuller: The HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, by D. W. Jacobs
    assistant director for director D.W. Jacobs, Arena Stage, Washington, DC
  • July-August 2009 All's Well That Ends Well, by Shakespeare
    director, Traveling Players Ensemble
  • March 2009 Pippin, music by Stephen Schwartz
    director, mainstage musical for Lake Forest College Theater Department
  • October 2008 A Day in the Life of An Undocumented Student, original docudrama
    director and project coordinator, Lake Forest College Office of Intercultural Relations
  • May 2007 The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux
    director, mainstage production for Kalamazoo College, Department of Theatre Arts
  • April 2004 An Arthur Miller Celebration, concept by Mark Lamos
    head dramaturg, scene director, and project manager for director Mark Lamos, University of Michigan Department of Theatre & Drama
  • November 2003 Diary of A Scoundrel, by Ostrovsky
    assistant director for faculty director Malcolm Tulip, University of Michigan Department of Theatre & Drama
  • October 2002 Molly Sweeney, by Brian Friel
    director, in conjunction with the Center for Students with Disabilities, University of Michigan Graduate Studio
  • March 2002 The Balcony, by Jean Genet
    dramaturg for faculty director Mbala Nkanga, University of Michigan Department of Theatre & Drama
  • March 2002 The Possibilities, by Howard Barker
    co-director, series of one-act scenes, University of Michigan Graduate Studio
  • November 2001 Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher
    dramaturg for Globe Theatre (San Francisco) director Mark Lamos, workshop at the University of Michigan
  • July 2001 The 1940's Radio Hour, by Walton Jones
    director, musical produced by The Station Theatre (Champaign, IL)
  • March 2001 Kiss Me Kate, music by Cole Porter
    director, musical produced by Champaign-Urbana (IL) Theatre Company
  • October 2000 Women and Wallace, by Jonathan Marc Sherman
    director, play in full round produced by Pandora's Players (Champaign, IL)
  • January 2000 The Orphan Train, by Aurand Harris
    assistant director for director Jennifer Goran, produced by Parkland College Theatre (Champaign, IL)
  • March 1999 Chinamen, by Michael Frayn
    director, bachelor's thesis practial component, New College (Florida)
  • February 1998 The Juniper Tree, by Wendy Kesselman (original music by Bret Aarden)
    director, fantasy musical, produced with Bret Aarden at New College (Florida)
  • November 1996 Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel
    director, student-produced play at New College (Florida)
  • June 1995 Godspell, music by Stephen Schwartz
    director/producer, community musical, Califon, NJ