As an actor, Blake 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 (American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York City), the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped and through the Kennedy Center as an Artist-in-Residence. He is currently the acting coach for comedian Lisa Lampanelli as she prepares her one -woman show, Skinny B*itch, for a Broadway run.
His musical The Boss in the Satin Kimono premiered at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to great acclaim and some vilification. Other New York productions of his work include: The Lady in Red – EndTime Productions; Mother Courage of Westchester – NYTE (New York Theatre Experiment); Mariposa and the Pearl Necklace – Acorn Theatre, Theatre Row; and the musicals Barry Horowitz and The Wasp Woman, both co-written with Phillip Chernyak. He 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 as well as a Dramatist Guild Intensive recipient. He is currently a member of the Dallas Theatre Center’s playwriting unit, made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, where he is developing two new plays, Space Where My Body... and Pyrography. His play, The Newport Ladies Society, will receive a workshop in fall 2014 at the Institute of Arts and Humanities in North Carolina.
A member of AEA and AFTRA, Hackler received his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. He has continued his training and studies with SITI Company’s Anne Bogart, Tectonic Theatre and Moises Kaufman.
Hackler was named a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria for 2015, where he will be teaching physical acting as well as researching Balkan theatre.