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.

Michael Connolly

Associate Professor

Michael Connolly began teaching at the university level in 1980 and signed his first Equity contract in 1982. He combines his professional acting career with his teaching career, a balancing act that has garnered him teaching awards from three universities. In 2012, the Dallas Theater Center invited him to join its Brierley Resident Acting Company. In 2006, he was named a Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor. Connolly has worked under LORT, LOA, Stock, SPT, SAG and AFTRA contracts and is no stranger to regional and national commercials, with a former client list that includes the New York Museum of Natural History, Sprint and Cancer Care Centers of America.


A.B. History (cum laude), College of the Holy Cross, 1973; M.A. Acting and Directing, Illinois State University, 1976; Ph.D. Theatre History, Indiana University, 1998.


Senior B.F.A. and second-year M.F.A. acting studios; Text Analysis II for M.F.A. actors


Dallas Theatre Center (LORT B):
A Christmas Carol; Red, Chad Diety; Next Fall; Dividing the Estate; The Laramie Project Revisited; Ella; The Seagull

The Utah Shakespearean (LOA):
King Lear; Candida; Hamlet; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Taming of the Shrew; Henry IV, pt. 1; Hayfever; Othello; Arsenic and Old Lace; The Tempest; As You Like It; Henry VI, pt. 2; Romeo and Juliet

PlayMakers Repertory (LORT-D):
Measure For Measure; The Importance of Being Earnest; Travesties; As You Like It; Cyrano de Bergerac; Curse of the Starving Class; Ring ’Round the Moon; Our Town; The Hostage

Kitchen Dog Theatre (SPT):
King Lear; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

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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