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Blake Hackler

Associate Professor

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. 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 developed at New York’s Primary Stages and was runner-up in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting competition.The Necessities, which premiered in 2017 was nominated for the ATCA Steinberg award. His play, What We Were, was the winner of the Ashland New Play Festival, and a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. His adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People premiered at Second Thought Theatre in the summer of 2018 to critical and commercial success. He is currently under commission to the Undermain Theatre working on a contemporary version of Ibsen’s verse drama Brand.

He has directed for Theatre Three, Trinity Shakespeare, Second Thought Theatre and the Undermain. 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, This Beautiful City, Mary Stuart, Tartuffe, and Spring Awakening.

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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