Michael McNulty


Professor of Theater Arts

Michael McNulty serves as division coordinator for the theater program at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, as well as Program Director for the summer Governor’s School program in Theater Arts. Previously Michael has worked as an artistic director for The Invisible Theater Company and a free lance Director and Designer with more than 70 productions to his credit. He has advanced training and interests in Voice, Movement, Puppetry, Mask work, and has performed as a professional magician and clown. Michael trained for three years in Voice work with Kristen Linklater and has performed professionally in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and at Busch Gardens in Tampa FL. Michael has directed performing arts departments for two independent preparatory schools and taught theater at Carnegie Mellon and Towson Universities. He has also served in a variety of consulting capacities in technical theater, design, performance, team-building and training. He holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in acting from Emerson College. Michael is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and sits on the board of the Pro Art association.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Intermediate Acting
  • Voice and Oral Interpretation
  • Theatrical Movement
  • Directing
  • Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Performance
  • Magic: Practices of Perception and Deception
  • Newsreal: News Analysis

Research Interests

  • Magic & Neurology
  • Acting/Directing Theory and Aesthetics
  • Philosophy & Humanities
  • Political Rhetoric in the news media

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
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