Featured English Alumni

Jill Gold Wright, M.A. in English, 1997 & Ph.D. in English, 2003


Having earned her Masters in English 1997 and her Ph.D. in 2003, Jill Gold Wright is a proud alumnus of the Claremont Graduate University. Jill has a varied experience in teaching and lecturing, highlighted by an academic and practical knowledge of theater arts.

Jill became a full-time professor of English at Mt. San Antonio College in 1998. She was twice voted Outstanding Teacher by the honor society, Alpha Gamma Sigma, in 2000 and 2003, and was nominated Outstanding Faculty of the Year in Spring 2008.

In 2003, Jill was invited by the Board of Trustees of College du Leman in Versoix-Geneva, Switzerland to oversee the English instruction of the summer session.

In 2004, Jill won a grant through the National Endowment of the Humanities, to participate in the program, “Shakespeare’s Playhouses: Inside and Out.” At the reconstructed Blackfriars Playhouse in Virginia and Globe Theatre in London, she focused on the study of the original practices of Shakespeare and other Early Modern Dramatists.

Jill’s book, Creating America on Stage: How Jewish Composers and Lyricists Pioneered American Musical Theater, was published by VDM Publishing in 2009. She has had articles published by Press Americana, Magazine Americana and The CEA Forum.

Jill enjoys lecturing about literature, drama and musical theater, having delivered papers at numerous PCA/ACA Conferences, to the Shakespeare Society of Laguna Woods, at an NEH Symposium. She is scheduled to speak at the upcoming annual conference of American Jewish Librarians. She has been invited to lecture to Academic Decathlon teams, Jewish interest groups, book clubs, librarians and actors.

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