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Benard Cummings

Associate Professor

Benard Cummings, Assistant Professor, teaches acting in the Division of Theatre, where he earned his B.F.A. in 1987. After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, he moved to New York City, where he has lived ever since. As an actor, he has performed in regional theatres across the country, as well as Off-Broadway and on episodic television. In recent years, he has also directed productions in New York (most recently, The Woman Standing on the Moon by James Haigney, Off-Broadway) as well as productions at SUNY-Purchase and Stella Adler/NYU. He has also delved into playwriting and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Ft. Worth, St. Louis, The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Ky. and London, England. He has taught acting at SUNY-Purchase, Stella Adler/ NYU and the summer apprentice company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. This fall, he is slated to direct Normalcy by Bennett Windheim Off-Broadway for Theatre East.

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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