This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on March 27 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:
We are saddened to announce that James Dodding, professor emeritus of theatre, died March 25 in England.
Details about plans at Wake Forest to honor Professor Dodding are not available at this time, but will be announced later in various ways, including on the Inside WFU web site.
Professor Dodding joined Wake Forest’s Department of Theatre and Dance as a visiting lecturer and director in 1979 and continued his association with Wake Forest until 2008, when he last directed a play. Although he retired as professor of theatre in 1998, he had continued to return to Wake Forest to direct many productions in the department.
Professor Dodding, who received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at Wake Forest, was known internationally as a theatre director and teacher at universities and colleges in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere. He also enjoyed a career as a performer, author, broadcaster and more.
We grieve Professor Dodding’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.