Assistant Professor in Residence, Theatre Studies
Helen T. Clark is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies within the UConn Drama Department. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BFA in Acting from UConn. She has previously served as a guest lecturer in performance at Wells College and the University of Binghamton.
Helen was an artist in residence at Berkshire Theatre Festival from 2005-2006 and has been performing regionally since. She has spent the past 11 years in Ithaca, NY with The Hangar Theatre (Education Director, Actor, Teaching Artist), the political/social justice theatre company Civic Ensemble (Actor/Facilitator), and The Cherry Arts (Company Artist) where she has premiered English translations of international plays both in the US and globally. Most recently, Helen originated the role of Monika in the world premiere of Rule of Thumb by Serbian absurdist Iva Brdar in both Ithaca and NYC, and Woman in the North American/English Language premiere of Winter Animals by Santiago Loza. She is currently in the process of curating her solo show, The Waking Danu Project, with the support of the Foundation of Jungian Psychology.
Assistant Professor, Voice and Speech
Julie Foh is a voice, speech, and accent specialist. She holds an MFA in Voice and Speech from the American Repertory Theater’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. She has coached projects for BEDLAM, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Tectonic Theater Project, NY Stage & Film, Second Stage, New Georges, A.R.T., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, American Players Theatre, Studio 42, and others. She has taught at Penn State, Rutgers, A.R.T., Harvard University, the Moscow Art Theatre School, Webster University, the National Theater Institute, the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Larry Singer Studios Summer Conservatory, and The Performing Arts Project. She also holds a BA in Theater Studies from Duke University and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and a fully-vetted coach at Dialectcoaches.com.
Assistant Professor, Scenic Design
Alexander Woodward is a New York based designer focused in scenic and costume design for live performance in theatre, opera and dance.
Alexander has found fulfillment collaborating on projects that span the performance art form: most frequently through scenic design, exploring the relationship of people to surrounding space. Recent credits include the critically acclaimed world premier of The Sound Inside at the Williamstown Theater Festival, as well as Ugly Lies the Bone, (Alliance) the world premiere of Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown) and The Moors at Yale Rep which received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Scenic Design.
In addition to his work as a designer, Alexander is a vocal ally for theater advocacy as it pertains to equality and inclusion within the field, in addition to theater’s power for social change brought about through production.
For the past five years Alexander has been the head of the Scene Design Department at the Williamstown Theatre Festival fostering the internship program as well as In The Wings the design showcase for young artists. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ithaca College) and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Director of Performance
Associate Artistic Director
Dale AJ Rose comes to UConn from Tampa, Florida where he served as Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Florida. Previously, Dale was the Director of Performance Training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Under his leadership the program received recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 Graduate Theatre Programs in the country. In the 1980’s Dale was the Master Acting Teacher at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Dale has taught professionally in New York City at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop, The George Morrison Studio space and The Actors Center.
Dale was Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas where, among others, he directed Earle Hyman in King Lear and Morgan Freeman in Othello. Dale was Artistic Director of the Plaza Theatre where he worked with John Goodman, Mariel Hemmingway and Zakes Mokae. Again in Dallas, Dale was a co-founder of Stage #1. Dale began his professional directing career as founder and Artistic Director of the Alice People Theatre in Tampa. Known for its cutting edge productions, the company was the first to produce the works of playwright David Mamet outside of Chicago. Dale has directed all but seven of Shakespeare’s plays.
As an American Cultural Specialist for the U.S. Information Agency and later for the State Department, Dale taught in Jerusalem, on the West Bank, in Barcelona and Athens. He also worked with actors from the Palestinian Theatre League on Julius Caesar.
Dale feels fortunate to have been taught by some of the greats of the American Theatre including Bill Hickey, Larry Moss, Kristin Linklater, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and members of the Working, Living and Open Theatres.
Dale was co-producer of the feature film ‘Animal Behavior’ starring Karen Allen and Armand Assante; which you can catch on late-late night cable TV.