The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.


Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.


The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.


Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Blake Hackler

Assistant Professor

As an actor, Blake has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country, working with such acclaimed directors as Michael Mayer, Scott Ellis, Alex Timbers, and Mike Alfreds. In New York, he worked with theatres including Playwrights Horizons, York Theatre, The Ohio, and Roundabout, as well as creating the role of Moritz Stiefel in the original New York workshop of the Tony-award winning musical, Spring Awakening. In Dallas, Blake has appeared at the Undermain Theatre, in the world premeire of Len Jenkin’s Time in Kafka, and at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.

As a teacher, Blake currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU. He has also taught at Roosevelt University, AMDA, the National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped, and through the Kennedy Center as an Artist in Residence.

His musical The Boss in the Satin Kimono premiered at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to great acclaim and some vilification. Other New York productions of his work include: The Lady in Red – EndTime Productions, Mother Courage of Westchester – NYTE, Mariposa and the Pearl Necklace, and Barry Horowitz, co-written with Phillip Chernyak. The Wasp Woman – a musical written with Phillip Chernyak- received a developmental reading at Summer Camp Festival, 2009 and in New York in the fall of 2010. He is a lifetime member of the esteemed BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and was the 2009 recipient of the Harrington Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing as well as a Dramatist Guild Intensive recipient. He writes with composer Phillip Chernyak.

Blake is a member of AEA and AFTRA and received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts




Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies



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