Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Areas of Specialization: I teach acting, directing, writing, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, Asian Theatre, design, video, music, mask work, puppetry, voice, movement, art and performance, and solo performance. I create plays and original ensemble performances with students.
Office: JO 4.906
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
A working theater artist and teacher, I've written and performed seventy-eight original theater pieces (fifty-one ensemble works and twenty-seven solos). My performances have received international acclaim.
Research includes world theater, literature, music, video, photography, visual art, dance, philosophy, psychology, comparative religions and ritual practices.
Many former students are now artistic directors of theater companies, working actors, directors, writers, and teachers. My work as a teacher focuses on helping students to develop the tools, the awareness, and the confidence to create their own work.
After receiving a drama degree from the High School of Performing Arts in N.Y., and a BA and MA in Theater from Queens College, I studied Indian Kathakali with Krishnan Nambudiri, Japanese Noh with Sadayo Kita, Balinese Topeng with Nyomen Wenten, choreography with Alwin Nikolais, and I trained with Grotowski's Polish Theater Lab. Before coming to UTD, I taught theatre at the United Nations International School, N.Y. and Sonoma State University, California.
My performances have been featured at dozens of international theatre festivals (Next Wave-BAM, Theatre of Nations, Theater der Welt, Theatre des Ameriques...). I have received the Gold Medal at the International Festival of Solo Theatre, the American Theatre Wing Award, Critics' Awards in L.A., S.F., Dallas, Austin, and my work has been "Best of the week" in the L.A. Times, "Top ten of the year" in The New York Times, "Top ten of the decade" in the Austin Chronicle, and in the "Top ten of all-time" in The Dallas Morning News. I've received funding from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, The Henson Foundation and I am a Guggenheim Fellow.
Work Samples and Publications: Works include: Burying Our Father: A Biblical Debacle; Grandpa's Home Videos; Synthesis: An Idiot's Guide to Death and Rebirth; Milarepa; Monkey: The Quest to the West; NOH: Angels, Demons & Dreamers; An American Dream Play; Golden Buddha Beach; Gauguin's Shadow; Dionysos Does Dallas: A Geek Tragedy; 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.
B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York
M.A. from Queens College
Advanced training with: Jerzy Grotowski and the Polish Theatre Laboratory, Zbigniew Cynkutis, Ryzard Cieslak, Peter Brook, Sam Shepard, Joseph Chaikin, Jacques LeCoq, Kristin Linklatter, Krishnan Nambudiri, Nyomen Wenten, Kita Sadayo, Dinizulu, Eugenio Barba and the Odin Theatre, Earl Gister, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Krishna Pattabhi Jois.
Curriculum Vitae: Fred Curchack's CV