Professor , DRAM/HUAS
Office: JO 4.906
Areas of Specialization: Performance (acting, directing, writing, voice, movement, music, design, masks, puppetry, shadow/art, video).
Education: MA, Queens College, City Univ. of New York, 1972
Fred Curchack has written, directed, designed, and performed seventy-six original theatre works, (fifty ensemble works and twenty-six solos). His performances have been featured at scores of international theatre festivals. He has received the Gold Medal at the International Festival of Solo Theatre, the American Theatre Wing Award, and Critics' Awards in L.A., S.F., Dallas, and Austin. His work was chosen as "one of the year's ten most noteworthy theatre productions" by The New York Times, "Top Ten of the Decade" by the Austin Chronicle, and "Top Ten of All Time" by The Dallas Morning News. He has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Jim Henson Foundation, Arts International, and he is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Curchack teaches acting, directing, writing, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, Asian Theatre, design, video, music, mask work, puppetry, voice, movement, art and performance, and solo performance. He creates plays and original ensemble performances with students.
Curchack has studied world theatre techniques, such as Indian Kathakali, Japanese Noh, Balinese Topeng, African and Native American dance and ritual, choreography with Alvyn Nikolais, and he trained with Grotowski and the Polish Theatre Lab.
Works include: Milarepa; Monkey: The Quest to the West; Noh: Angels, Demons & Dreamers; An American Dream Play; Golden Buddha Beach; Gauguin's Shadow; Gauguin's Paradise; Dionysos Does Dallas; Glimpsings; Lear's Shadow; Live Love Acts; Hamlet: Carnal, Bloody, & Unnatural Acts; A Surprise Party; Orpheus in Hollywood: a Myth Mash; The Comeback of Freddy Chickan; Abel & Cain: a Biblical Debacle; Heddy & Teddy: a Closet Drama; Art-O-Rama #3: The New World/The New Wing; What Fools These Mortals Be; Stuff as Dreams are Made On; The Sexual Mythology Trilogy--Part I: The Underworld; Part II: Purgatory; Part III: Heaven-or-The Big Talk Show; Fred Breaks Bread with the Dead.