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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.


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

Professional Experience


Dallas Theatre Center (LORT B):
Inherit the Wind; All the Way; Medea; The School for Wives; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; A Christmas Carol; Red, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; Next Fall; Dividing the Estate; The Laramie Project Revisited; Ella; The Seagull

The Alley Theatre (LORT A):
All the Way

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


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

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts




Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for Non-Theatre Majors

Student Internships & Collaborations


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