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Blake Hackler

Associate Professor

As an actor, Blake Hackler 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, Hackler is a company member at the nationally recognized Undermain Theatre, and has also appeared at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Second Thought Theatre and Theatre Three.

As a teacher, Hackler 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. He served as acting coach for comedian Lisa Lampanelli.

As a playwright, Hackler’s work has been seen across the country and has won several awards. New York productions of his work include: The Boss in the Satin Kimono, NYC Fringe Festival; The Lady in Red, EndTime Productions; Mother Courage of Westchester, NYTE; Mariposa and the Pearl Necklace, and the musicals Barry Horowitz and The Wasp Woman, both co-written with Phillip Chernyak.

Hackler 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. His play, This Sweet Affliction, was given a developmental workshop by New York’s Primary Stages and won runner-up in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting competition. His most recent play, What We Were, is the winner of the Ashland New Play Festival, and his adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, called The Facts of the Matter, will receive its world premiere in 2018.

He directed the world premiere of Meg Miroshnick’s The Droll for the nationally recognized Undermain Theatre. His production of The Flick won the Dallas Critics Best of 2015. At Meadows, he has directed productions of Black Snow, St. Joan of the Stockyards, The Women, and Martyr.

Hackler received his M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. He has continued his training with SITI Company and Anne Bogart; and Tectonic Theatre and Moisés Kaufman.

In 2015, Hackler was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Bulgaria, where he taught acting at New Bulgarian University and the National Theatre Conservatory, among other places.


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