Professor, Dramatic Arts
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Gary M. English is the Founding Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and served as Artistic Director and Dept. Head in Dramatic Arts for fifteen years. In 2003, Gary English was appointed to the rank of Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Dramatic Arts, the highest academic honor at the University of Connecticut. Gary English holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. In addition to his current position at UCONN he as also served on the Faculty at the State University of New York and at Carnegie-Mellon University. Recent major directing credits include The Miracle Worker, and American Primitive, both by William Gibson, and produced at The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA. Other projects at CRT include, last seasons’ production of A Man For All Seasons, Pentecost, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man Of La Mancha, which received the 1997 Best Musical Award for the Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Wings, The Musical which was nominated for Best Direction by the Connecticut Critics Circle, Candide, A Cry Of Players, Jesus Christ Superstar, Our Country’s Good, and the world premiere of William Gibson’s play, Jonah’s Dream.. As a designer, his work includes scenery and costumes for Off-Broadway, television and over 70 productions at many of America’s leading repertory theatres, including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, StageWest, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Brunswick Music Theatre, American Stage Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and North Shore Music Theatre. His most recent design credits include, A Light In The Piazza, and a new production of The Dead, based on the short story by James Joyce, at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre Company. He is currently on the Board of Directors serving as Immediate Past President for U/RTA, the University/Resident Theatre Association. He is a Full Member of United Scenic Artists Local #829, and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He served as Commissioner of Scene Design for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT; as a panelist on the Connecticut Commission On The Arts, and he is a member of the National Theatre Conference.