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Vincent Cardinal

Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron Endowed Chair in Musical Theatre

Vincent J. Cardinal is the Arthur and Martha Hearron endowed professor of musical theatre, chair of the department of musical theatre, and professor of music at the school of music, theatre, and dance at the University of Michigan.

Previously, Cardinal was the artistic director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut. He was identified as one of the top five directors in Connecticut by CBS-WFSB Connecticut. Cardinal was an associate artist with the Circle Repertory Company off-Broadway and director of the School of Theatre. 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 plays have been produced internationally.

One of Cardinal’s plays, 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.” Another 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 directed 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.

Recently, Cardinal directed Terrence Mann in My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha; Pat Sajak in The Odd Couple and The Drowsy Chaperone; Steve Hayes in A Funny Thing Happened…; Jerry Adler and Richard Kline in The Sunshine Boys; Leslie Uggams in Gypsy; Fred Grandy in How To Succeed… and Peter and the Star Catcher; and Brandy Burre and Josh McCabe in The Laramie Project. He is currently developing The Curious Case of Phineas Cage with the Split Knuckle Theatre Company for an international tour. It has been produced at Red House in Syracuse, NY and as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Cardinal served as the associate dean of Performing Arts at Adelphi University. He 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.

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