J. Michael Curry

Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre

Meyerhoff Arts Center, 209


B.A., John Carroll University, 1982
M.F.A. (Directing), Indiana University, 1985

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Directing, Particularly Classical Works (Shakespeare and Greeks); Modern British Drama; U.S. Drama of the 1960s Through 1980s; First-Person Historical Interpretation; Theatre in the Community; Commedia Dell'arte; Mime; Voiceover Work and Narration; Service Leaning

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Co-Wrote and Directed This Strange Eventful History for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, March 2013

Sound Design, The Woodsman, Goucher College

To Get to the Other Side, actor, Full Circle Productions.
Various narrations for the Department of Music, Goucher College.
The Window Seat, staging director, world premiere of a new opera, Goucher College.

Funded Research

Research on first-person historical interpretation 

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Institutional Leadership Award, Maryland Campus Compact, October 2012

Bruchrl Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship, Goucher College
Best Production, City Paper, for Medea: a Noh Interpretation of the Greek Myth


Michael Curry is Professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Goucher College where he has served on the faculty for twenty-five years. He recently finished four years serving as the France-Merrick Professor in Service Learning, Goucher's oldest endowed professorship. He recently received the 2012 Maryland-DC Campus Compact Institutional Leadership Award for his work in Community Based Learning. Michael serves as the vice president of the board for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.

During his first fifteen years as a faculty member, he served as the chair of the faculty, director of the First Year Seminar program, chair of the arts division, and chair of the department of theatre. He has also served on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and currently reviews grant proposals for both the Theatre Panel and the Arts in the Community panels for the Maryland State Arts Council. He is the vice president of the board of the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and serves on the board of Creative Kids, a community center in Cockeysville, Maryland.

He has acted and directed in numerous theatre productions on campus and in the Baltimore area. He has also done industrial films and commercial voice-overs for Maryland Public Television, Monumental Life Insurance, the Air Force and others. He has acted in special educational outreach programs for the Maryland Historical Society, Action Theatre Company, and the Baltimore Science Center, and has served as a training consultant for the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

As a teacher, Michael specializes in acting and directing, though he has also taught courses in speech, performance art, experimental theatre, classical theatre courses for the Honors program (Shakespeare and Greek theatre), acting for television, theatre as a vehicle for community outreach, and theatre history. Michael's research interests include acting and directing, particularly classical plays, opera staging, first person historical interpretation, Maryland theatre history, and community arts advocacy.