Head of Acting
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 New Bulgarian University, Roosevelt University, AMDA, the National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped, and through the Kennedy Center as an Artist in Residence. He has given master classes at numerous institutions including the National Conservatory of Music and the National Theatre and Film Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also served as acting coach for comedian Lisa Lampanelli.
As a playwright, Hackler’s work has been seen across the U.S. and won several awards. 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. His play, The Necessities, was nominated for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award. His most recent play, What We Were, was a winner of the Ashland New Play Festival and a finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference in 2018, and will receive a rolling world premiere in 2019. His adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People was named Best Play of 2018 by the Dallas Observer.
Hackler has directed for Theatre Three, Trinity Shakespeare, Second Thought Theatre and the Undermain. His production of The Flick won the Dallas Theater 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.
M.F.A. in Acting, Yale School of Drama
B.F.A. in Acting, Roosevelt University
BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, Graduate and Lifetime Member
1st and 2nd Year Graduate Acting
2018 MacDowell Fellowship
2015 SMU Golden Mustang Award, Excellence in Teaching
2015 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bulgaria