Wade Hollingshaus graduated from Brigham Young University in 1998 with honors in theatre arts education. He went on to get an master's degree in Scandinavian studies from the University of Washington and a PhD in theatre history, theory, and criticism from the University of Minnesota in 2008.
Hollingshaus is the chair of the Theatre and Media Arts Department at BYU. He is an associate professor in the TMA critical studies faculty, is head of dramaturgy studies, and is an affiliated faculty with BYU's Scandinavian studies program. Before becoming the Department Chair, he led the assessment efforts of the department to integrate the Aims of a BYU Education into TMA's assessment measures and outcomes. He also served for three years on the college curriculum committee, and was involved in the department's preparation for the 2017 NAST accreditation and site visit.
He is a member of the Performance Philosophy research network, and currently serves as American Society for Theatre Research's liaison with the Theatre Library Association. His primary research interests center on rock performance and culture in the 1960s and 1970s, and he is also interested in Finnish and Scandinavian theatre and film. His work has been published in Theatre Topics, Scandinavian Studies, and The Journal of Finnish Studies. Hollinghaus's book Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie was published in 2013.
In 2014, Hollinghaus attended the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), where he received the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. He is the chair of the region's National Playwriting Program, overseeing all the new play activities and events of the festival. Also in 2014, Hollingshaus received professional development funding from the College of Fine Arts and Communications to attend and present a research paper at an international conference held in Finland, which was associated with The Nordic Studies Journal. Hollingshaus' paper was entitled "Traveling Without Moving: Peter Gabriel's Nomadism," which also serves as a precursor to his upcoming book project on Peter Gabriel and theatricality. The same year, he presented a Youtube live lecture sponsored by the Performance Philosophy international research network.
There was a special section in the 2015 issue of Theatre Topics called "Performance Philosophy Pedagogy" that was co-edited and co-authored by Hollinghaus. The article is part of the work that Hollingshaus and his colleague have been doing to build a presence for Performance Philosophy in North America. Also in 2015, Hollingshaus participated in the biennial Performance Philosophy Conterence in Chicago, Illinois. His paper was titled: “The Atmosphere of Peter Gabriel: Music, Theatre, and Theory.” The same year, Hollingshaus presented a paper on Finnish philosopher, scientist, and artist Erkki Kurenniemi at the annual conference for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.
In 2015, he was awarded the BYU Alcuin Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding teacher-scholars whose work at the university transcends the limits of their disciplines, and who have made significant contributions to the general education and honors curriculums.