Wesleyan portrait of Kathleen F. Conlin

Kathleen F. Conlin

Chair, Theater

Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor of Theater

Theater Studios, 104


BA Youngstown St University
MA University of Pittsburgh
PHD University of Michigan

Kathleen F. Conlin

My creative research and practice are rooted in theatrical story-telling both in large-scale professional productions of Shakespearean plays, operas and musicals and in richly textured small scale plays. Live theatre has always embraced stories of families and cultures engaged in both the personal and the political. Along with detailed analysis of the primary (often literary) text, I have also developed a collaborative approach to production and design with particular emphasis on the impact of sound, lighting and projections. These three emphases facilitate the story-telling in such a way that "time" and "space" become fluid and can change in an instant. Contemporary audiences, exposed to the fluency of film and other digital contexts, respond quickly to such techniques and experience an immediate kinetic response to the live performance. My productions have varied from Shakespeare's RICHARD THE THIRD, to Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTI, to contemporary MacArthur grant recipient and award-winning playwright Tarell McCraney's THE BROTHERS SIZE. I am currently preparing a re-staging of my large scale production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the Clarence Brown Theatre and am in discussions to return to the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeate Festival.

My undergraduate degree in English prepared me for textual study, while graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh and the completion of a Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in theatre sharpened my skills in theatrical production primarily as a director. My career has been developed along two lines nearly simultaneously: 1) the academic positions as a tenured faculty member at The Univerisity of Texas at Austin, Ohio University, THe Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana; and 2) the professional work as Casting Director/Associate Artisitc Direcor/ Stage Director for 22 seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Theatre and as free-lance director for hire across the country.

Beyond the academic credentials, I also completed a management development program at Harvard University and a Shakespeare intensive at Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

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Fall 2019
THEA 281 - 01
Introduction to Directing