Guest Lecturers

Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote
, acclaimed author, actor, and activist

Mary Kathryn Nagle: February 2019

In coordination with TheatreSquared and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, “A View from the Ridge,” will feature readings from Nagle’s play, Sovereignty, which wrestles with the Ridge family’s legal legacy and how the broken treaties of the past reverberate in the Cherokee Nation today.

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Emily Schwend: February 2018

As a preliminary engagement with the exciting company, Theatre For One, professional playwright Emily Schwend will teach master classes for writers interested in exploring how to develop short plays for this unique and intimate one-on-one form. Read More

Tony Hale: January 2018

Two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (VEEP, Arrested Development) was on campus January 29th. He held a private Q&A session with Department of Theatre graduate and undergraduate students, followed by a public event at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center that evening. Read More.

Dael Orlandersmith: February  2017

A renown performer and writer, Orlandersmith won an Obie award in 1995 for Beauty's Daughter. Her 2002 play, Yellowman, was also a finalist for both the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Pulitzer prize in Drama, and she received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2003. Read More.

Gary John La Rosa: April 2016

Gary John La Rosa, professional theatrical director/choreographer, visited our campus for four weeks in order to direct our 2016 production of Green Day's American Idiot

Peter Coyote: April 2015

Peter Coyote, acclaimed author, actor, and activist was on our campus for a week in April 2015. He gave a wide-range of lectures on Buddhism and nonviolence, urban politics and social engagement, story telling, documentary production, acting, and survival in a creative environment. Read more

Ben Livingston: April 2015

Ben Livingston is an actor and writer working in New York. He holds an MFA in Drama from Indiana University and has appeared in over 50 roles in film and television, including most recently The Knick, Elementary, House of Cards, Daredevil, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and Person of Interest. Read more

Howell Binkley: February 2015

Howell Binkley, a Tony Award winner for best lighting design of a musical, gave a public lecture and two student workshops Monday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 10. He will shared insights on working on Broadway, how the process is different from the academic theatre and what skills are needed for careers in New York. Read more

Tim Saternow: November 2014

Saternow, a theatre designer, educator, art director and fine artist, is at the University of Arkansas as a McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts. His paintings and interviews have been published in several books and magazines. Read more

Laurence Luckinbill: June 2012

Actor, playwright and University of Arkansas alumnus Laurence Luckinbill is returning to campus as a McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in Performing and Visual Arts. During his weeklong stay, the donation of his papers to the University of Arkansas Libraries will be celebrated, and Luckinbill will bring two historic personalities to life on stage. Read more

Elizabeth Barnes: April 2012

Professional casting director Elizabeth Barnes will be on the University of Arkansas campus next week to instruct drama students on various aspects of the entertainment industry and give two public lectures. Read more

Sarah Colonna: March 2012

Colonna, an actress, writer, comedian and graduate of the Department of Theatre, was back on campus on March 29 to perform her Stand Up comedy and sign copies of her book – including providing a copy to the first 200 students at her show. Read more

Bret Yount: January 2012

Bret Yount, a University of Arkansas graduate of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has returned to Fayetteville as a McIlroy Family Visiting Professor to conduct a one-week, hands-on workshop for student actors on stage combat to improve theatrical performance techniques. Read more

Moisés Kaufman: November  2011

Moisés Kaufman, a Tony-winning and Emmy-nominated director and award-winning playwright, will present a workshop at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studio at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. Read more

Linda Bloodworth Thomason: November 2006

Linda Bloodworth Thomason, creator of Designing Women and Evening Shade taught a special course on script writing for television. Students of the class then accompanied her on a trip to Los Angeles, where they toured studios, visited sets, and pitched their sitcom idea to network executives. Read more