Guest Artists

Drama students have had the extraordinary experience of working with a wide range of actors, screenwriters, playwrights, and other drama professionals.

Drama Guest Artists

  • Andre' De Shields  - Three-time Tony-nominated actor and Broadway legend whose credits include The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', Play On!, The Full Monty, Hair, and Prymate
  • Danny Hoch - Obie Award-winning performer and originator of Some People, Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop, and Pot Melting. Founder of the Hip Hop Theater Festival. Films include Bamboozled, The Thin Red Line, and Black Hawk Down
  • John Patrick Shanley - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for Doubt, he also received the Academy Award for his screenplay, Moonstruck
  • David Strathairn - Academy Award-nominated actor for his performance in Good Night and Good Luck. Other film credits include We Are Marshall, The Bourne Ultimatum, Dolores Claibourne, The River Wild, L.A. Confidential, Passion Fish, and City of Hope. 
  • David Rambo (Playwright) - Writer for television (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 'V', Revolution) and author of award-winning plays God's Man In Texas, The Lady with All the Answers, and The Ice-Breaker
  • Barry Kur (Voice) - Theatre Voice and Speech specialist, Penn State University; Lessac Training and Research Institute Workshop Instructor.
  • Cecil O’Neal (Actor) - Professor Emeritus, Southern Methodist University; founding member of Chicago's Organic Theatre and founding producer of the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre and  Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.
  • Robert Francesconi (Mask) - Assistant Dean and teacher of Acting, Movement, and Mask at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 
  • Megan Gogerty (Playwright) - Jerome Fellowship Award (Playwright’s Center); plays include Bad Panda, Feet First in the Water with a Baby in My Teeth, Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant, and Love Jerry (musical); Lecturer, University of Iowa Theatre Arts. 
  • Michael York (Actor) - Film: The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Broadway: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Bent, The Crucible
  • Jeffrey Hatcher (Playwright) - Compleat Female Stage Beauty (play) and its film adaptation, Stage Beauty; co-wrote the stage adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie; wrote the screenplay Casanova, which starred Heath Ledger, and the screenplay for The Duchess.
  • Jacqueline Farrington (Voice) - Voice and Speech specialist, Yale University; MA in Voice from The Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and MFA from Rutgers University.
  • Gordon Owens (Jazz Dance) - Broadway: A Chorus Line (Richie), Dreamgirls, Starlight Express, and Miss Saigon. National Tours: Dreamgirls and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • Dale Girard (Stage Combat) - Award-winning Fight Director, Choreographer, and author of the stage combat manual Actor’s On Guard. Fight choreography credits include The Metropolitan Opera, Folger Theatre, Arden Theatre, San Diego Opera, and films Junebug, Sleeping Around, and Eyeborgs.