Please remember in your prayers retired theater and English professor Amelia Kritzer, who died Thursday from complications following a heart procedure.

Kritzer was a faculty member from 1997-2014 of the university’s former Theater Department (which she chaired for several years) and of the English department. She directed many plays at the university’s former Foley Theater and was a well-known leader of the joint theater program with St. Catherine’s University, which shuttered in 2008. She was also an author and editor of several books and essays, including Political Theatre in Post-Thatcher Britain (Palgrave, 2008), Plays by Early American Women, 1775-1850 (University of Michigan Press, 1995) and The Plays of Caryl Churchill: Theatre of Empowerment (Macmillan, London, and St. Martin’s Press, 1991).

“Amy loved the theater. When not attending a production she might be found directing one: She directed nearly a dozen student productions at St. Thomas/St. Kate’s. But I think she spent even more time writing about the theater,” College of Arts and Sciences Dean Terry Langan said. “As associate dean I was involved with putting together Amy’s promotion committee … I remember being extremely impressed, and somewhat surprised, by the scholarly record that easily earned her promotion.”

“I am saddened by our loss, but I am even more saddened that Amy was able to enjoy only two years of a well-earned, and productive, retirement,” Langan added.

Funeral services are tentatively planned for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Shir Tikvah, 1360 West Minnehaha Parkway.

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