Partner Carol Lyons

Queer Places:
Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, Stati Uniti

Dorothy "Dottie" D’Anna (March 27, 1918 – August 1, 2012) was the Artistic Director of the Footlight Players Theatre and with her partner, Carol Lyons, founded the Little Theatre School in the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston.

Dorothy D'Anna was born on March 27, 1918, in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of George Bullen D'Anna and Sayde Washburne.[1]

She attended a girls-only Catholic school and then moved to New York City to study theatre. Moving back to Buffalo, she worked as both actress and director at Grand Island Playhouse and East Aurora Playhouse, among other theatres. In this period she became acquainted with Pat Colbert, later wife of Emmett Robinson, Managing Director of the Footlight Players Theatre, and they became friends and professional associates.[1]

In 1958 Robinson brought D'Anna to Charleston and she became the Associate Director of the Footlight Players Theatre. After the death Robinson, D’Anna move to the tole of Artistic Director for the theatre. In 1960 she co-founded and co-directed, with her partner Carol Lyons, the Little Theatre School in the Dock Street Theatre.[2]


Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401

D'Anna also taught at the Baptist College and College of Charleston.[1]

She died on August 1, 2012.[1]


  1. "Dorothy D'Anna Obituary". Charleston Post & Courier. 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. "Special Collections > The Real Rainbow Row > 135 Church Street". College of Charleston. Retrieved 30 September 2017.