Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Dramatic Arts
802 Bolton Rd., Unit 1127
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1127
Helene Kvale is Associate Professor in Residence and has taught Acting in the Department of Dramatic Arts since 2003.
Helene received a BSc Econ Hons. from the London School of Economics, reading Anthropology and then trained as an actor at The Drama Studio, London and as a director at The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Her acting career started in London where she performed on the West End stage in Burning Blue (winner of 2 Olivier Awards), Life During Wartime, and To Kill A Mockingbird. She also starred in numerous regional and touring productions. Helene was part of the National Theatre Company headed by artistic director Richard Eyre. She toured the world with Richard III (Ian McKellen) and King Lear (Brian Cox), followed by Napoli Milionaria, on the South Bank and in Shift and Gitta’s Attonement at the NT Studio. Helene has appeared in over twenty television dramas. Film work includes Tomorrow La Scala! (British Academy Award Nomination and Juried at the Cannes Film Festival),Talk and 5:45 (Winner Berlin Short Film Festival).
Helene is also a director. She regularly directs for The Connecticut Repertory Theatre including Pride and Prejudice, Too Much Memory, The Skin of Our Teeth and Gut Girls. She also directed Marat Sade for the Studio D Series. Helene was the founding Artistic Director of Bated Breath Theatre Company in Hartford where she produced and directed Hunger, The Parkville Project and her translation of A Doll’s House.
As a screenwriter, Helene co-wrote the independent films Burning Blue and When You’re Not Looking. She is currently working on a TV pilot called Red Fish Blue Fish.