Erin is an Early Childhood Educator, Actor, Playwright, and Poet. Having studied theatre at Kent State University and Lorain County Community College, where she first became involved in theatre for youth, she discovered her great love of including children in the creative process.
Erin E. Dolan is an Early Childhood Educator, Actor, Playwright, and Poet. Having studied theatre at Kent State University and Lorain County Community College, where she first became involved in theatre for youth, she discovered her great love of including children in the creative process. Her path then led her to Houston, Texas, and later Columbus, Ohio, and then the Akron area, where Ms. Dolan focused solely on her work in Early Childhood Education for several years. She returned to Northeast Ohio four years ago to rejoin the exciting arts community here. As the co-founder of Awesome Possum Theatre Company, Ms. Dolan adapted children’s literature for the stage as well as created original works for youth theatre. She has also been commissioned to adapt children’s classics for The Illusion Factory in Akron. In addition to her role as Program Coordinator for the Hyland Child Enrichment Center, an early childhood program serving the children and families of Hyland Software in Westlake, Ohio, she is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Ms. Dolan currently works as a teaching artist with Spark Theatre 4 Youth in Elyria, Ohio, and is a member of their annual benefit committee. She is also a published poet and a member of Literary Cleveland. Since 2016, Ms. Dolan has sought to contribute to the important work that Talespinner Children's Theatre is doing -- first as a volunteer, then as an outreach artist, a company member, benefit committee member, stage manager, contributor to the Exceptional/Inclusion Program, and most recently, as a playwright. Her adaptation of a Scottish folktale, THE KID FROM KITTLERUMPIT, premiered at Talespinner Children's Theatre's Harlequinade benefit in 2019 and was the touring show for the (sadly) shortened 2020 season. She looks forward to supporting Talespinner Children's Theatre and the arts in the Cleveland area for many years to come.