Theatre

MidSummerNightsDream
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fall 2021

The Division of Theatre awards graduate and undergraduate degrees in a nationally recognized training program. Graduate students receive M.F.A. degrees in Acting or Design, while undergraduates complete a B.F.A. degree in either Acting or Theatre Studies. Classes and studios combined with participation in a robust production season prepare our graduates to move successfully into the performance industry. During their time at SMU, graduate and undergraduate students often work at Dallas area theatres as well as for top regional companies.

Undergraduate Majors/Minors
Graduate Majors/Minors
  • M.F.A. in Acting
  • M.F.A. in Design

Meet Our Faculty

Dawn Askew

Dawn Askew

Production Manager, Adjunct Instructor

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Professor of Practice

Tiana Kaye Blair

Tiana Kaye Blair

Adjunct Professor, Movement & Acting

Linda Blase

Linda Blase

Adjunct Instructor

AmandaCapshawDec2019

Amanda Capshaw

Adjunct Instructor

Brad Cassil

Brad Cassil

Lecturer

Tracy Christensen

Tracy Christensen

Interim assistant professor

Robert Clare

Robert Clare

Visiting Professor

Benard Cummings

Benard Cummings

Associate Professor

Kristi Dana

Kristi Dana

Assistant Professor

GillCarterAugust2022

Carter Gill

Adjunct Instructor

Blake Hackler

Blake Hackler

Chair, Division of Theatre, Head of Acting
Associate Professor

HofeditzKevinAugust2022

Kevin Paul Hofeditz, M.F.A., AEA

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Theatre

Bobbie Lay

Coordinator, Finance and Enrollment

Steve Leary

Steve Leary

Assistant Technical Director, Adjunct Instructor

Justin Mosher

Justin Mosher

Technical Director, Adjunct Instructor

MelissaPanzarello

Melissa Panzarello Cox

Costume Shop Manager, Adjunct Instructor

Russell Parkman

Russell Parkman

Associate Professor

Steven Piechocki

Steven Piechocki

Stage Lighting Supervisor; Adjunct Instructor

Sara Romersberger

Sara Romersberger

Associate Professor

Anne Schilling

Anne Schilling

Associate Professor

SmithGretchenAugust2022

Gretchen E. Smith

Associate Dean for Students and Head of Theatre Studies

Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Assistant Professor

KathyWindrow

Kathy Windrow

Adjunct Instructor

StanleyWojewodski

Stanley Wojewodski, Jr.

Distinguished Professor of Theatre

Steve Woods

Steve Woods

Professor, Head of Design

MargoJonesTheater

Margo Jones Theatre

The Margo Jones Theatre is a 125-seat black box, with seating divided among four platforms that allow directors and designers to choose between multiple configurations. Each spring, the theatre is host for the New Visions, New Voices festival, providing student writers and directors with a flexible and intimate setting where they can workshop and perform new plays.

Featured Story

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Regina Taylor

Actor, Playwright, Director and Activist

Alumna Regina Taylor (Theatre ’81) partners with SMU Meadows and the Division of Theatre on a yearlong initiative, the black album.

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Student Work

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Camilla Frontain
Juliet - 2nd Year Character Workshop
Part of Camilla’s 2nd year Character Workshop, an exploration of Juliet from Romeo and Juliet

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Rhett Goldman BFA ‘24 and Caleb Mosley BFA ’24
Through My Mind
A Short Film written, directed shot and performed by some of our BFA Actors

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Shahrzad Mazaheri MFA ’23, Courtney Amaro MFA ’23, Ariel Kregal MFA ’23
Costumes, Lights and Set by MFA Design Students for SMU’s Fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by faculty member Kara Lynn Vaeni.

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