Holly A. Blumner

(on leave, 2019-2020) Associate Professor of Theater, Film, and Media Studies

Holly A. Blumner


Holly A. Blumner received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian theatre from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her B.A., in theatre and biology, is from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Holly studied kabuki for four years in Kyoto and at Waseda University. While in Japan, she studied the traditional performing arts nihon buyo (classical Japanese dance) and nagauta (long song) singing. She was a commentator/translator for the English "Earphone Guide" kabuki performances in Tokyo. Research interests include play translation, anime and manga, theatre for youth, theatre history, and dramatic criticism. She has presented papers at several national conferences, and her translation of the play Domo Mata--Matahei the Stutterer is published in Brilliance and Bravado: Kabuki Plays on Stage, 1697-1770.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Play translation
  • Anime and Manga
  • Theater for youth

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Dramatic criticism


  • B.A. in Theater & Biology at University of California at Santa Cruz,
  • M.A. in Asian Theater at University of Hawai'i at Manoa,
  • Ph.D. in Asian Theater at University of Hawai'i at Manoa,
  • in Studied kabuki at Waseda University & Kyoto,