The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.


Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.


The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.


Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Cecil O'Neal

Cecil O'Neal

Professor Emeritus

Prior to coming to SMU, Professor O'Neal spent 20 years as a professional actor, director, and producer in the United States and Canada.

As a teacher and academic administrator, Professor O'Neal heads one of the leading university theatre programs in the country. Many of his former students are working steadily in film, episodic television, on the New York stage, in major regional theatres from coast to coast and are teaching in highly respected university theatre departments. His international teaching experience includes guest teaching at The National Theatre School of Canada and The Royal National Theatre Studio in London.

As a producer and director, he has worked in every sector of not-for-profit theatre, from small, highly respected "fringe" companies to the largest not-for-profit theatre in North America. He was a founding member of Chicago's Organic Theatre and founding producer of the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre, also in Chicago. He served as associate director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and as producer of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.

Professor O’Neal served two terms as a member of the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts




Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies



Faculty and Staff


Our Season


Actor Showcases