Vincent J. Cardinal, Artistic Director, Head, Dept. of Dramatic Arts. Mr. Cardinal joined the Dept. of Dramatic Arts in August, 2010. Most recently he served as the Associate Dean of Performing Arts at Adelphi University, Cardinal was the Chair of Theatre at the University of Miami and the Artistic Director of the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre where his musical theatre productions garnered international attention. He served as the Director of the School of Theater and Head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Ohio University. Cardinal was the Director of off-Broadway‘s Circle Repertory Company School of Theater. He was also an Associate Artist with the Circle Repertory Company and a member of its LAB. He graduated in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama where he was honored with the ASCAP-Cole Porter Award for Best-Collected Work.
His play, The Colorado Catechism, premiered at Circle Repertory Company. The Los Angeles production of the play garnered actors Timothy Daly and Amy Van Nostrand Dramalogue Awards for Best Performances. Cardinal’s play King Dusyanta: A Tale from Kalidasa premiered, under his direction, at the Oasis Theater Company. It starred Broadway legend André DeShields. Cardinal directed Eileen Gallindo’s Multicultural Disorder for Next Stage — off-Broadway showcase, Joe Fox’s new play Prism View at New Dramatists and Paul Corrigan’s Queens Blvd. in a commercial off-Broadway run. He helmed Steve Hayes’ Hollywood Reunion for its New York and regional productions and will direct the premiere of Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies LIVE, based on the popular YouTube series, which Cardinal produces and directs. He has directed 80 productions from coast to coast; premieres under his direction include Killing El Cid by Dan Shea and Disengaged by Anita Gabrowsek.
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