Michael Bradford, Artistic Director, Head, Dept. of Dramatic Arts, holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College CUNY and is Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and playwriting. His full-length and one-act plays have been produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Play Developmental Center, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally and internationally, his work has premiered at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct), eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, IL.), the Playhouse on Park Theatre (Hartford, Ct.), the HERE Art Center (NYC), A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA.), the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Storrs, CT.), and the Brixton East Theatre, London (UK). His workshops, readings, and residencies include the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship (NYC), The Negro Ensemble Co. at the Signature Theatre (NYC), Liminal Studios (London), the LARK Developmental Theatre (NYC), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship. In 2013 his play OLIVES AND BLOOD was translated into Spanish for a staged reading in the Federico Garcia Salon at the Centro Cultural Dulce Maria Loynaz (Havana, Cuba). Internationally he is the recipient of the Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain, has led writing workshops at Teatro Oficina Theatre Company, Guimareas, Portugal and the University of Theatre, Tirgu-Mures, Romania. His work is published by Dr. Cicero Press (Woodstock, NY), Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. (NY, NY) and can also be found in the anthology, “Seven More Different Plays”, edited by Mac Wellman.
Matthew J. Pugliese, Managing Director received his BA in Theater Studies from UCONN as well as his graduate certificate Non-Profit Management. He spent the five years as Executive Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, CT named in 2013 by Connecticut Magazine as “Best Children’s Theater”. Prior to that he served several seasons as the Production Manager at the Ivoryton Playhouse. During that time the theater won two Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and was nominated for six more. In 2012 he was selected by the Hartford Business Journal as one of its “40 under 40 Young Business Leaders”. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright and teacher. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and on panels for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. He lives in Old Saybrook with his wife, Kristen, and their two daughters.
Dale AJ Rose, Associate Artistic Director and Associate Head for Performance Program. 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.
For information on other members of the Dept. of Dramatic Arts Faculty and Staff, visit the Dept. website. www.drama.uconn.edu