Dennis Lee Delaney (Head, MFA Directing) is a veteran of the regional theater circuit, having directed more than 120 productions over the past few decades. Representative regional credits include God of Carnage and Arsenic and Old Lace (Florida Repertory Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and Side Man (Stamford Theater Works); Arms and the Man (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); The Foreigner (Virginia Stage); The Heiress, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Stinkin’ Rich and Noises Off (Two River Theatre); Inherit the Wind, Sylvia and Over the Tavern (Capital Repertory Theater); I Hate Hamlet and Inspecting Carol (Delaware Theater Company); The Uneasy Chair (Ensemble Theater, Santa Barbara); King o’ the Moon and Scotland Road (Seven Angels Theater); Tammy Faye’s Final Audition (Tantrum Theatre), and many others. New York credits include the original workshop productions of the musical Reefer Madness and the Obie-winning Another American: Asking and Telling. Dennis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marietta College and earned his MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, where he studied with William Esper and the late Harold Scott. At Ohio University he has been head of the Professional Director Training Program since 2004, and has directed productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Ladies Man, The 39 Steps, Eurydice, Holiday, The Hostage, The Cider House Rules, Pt. 1, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Girl Band in the Men’s Room, and the world premiere of John Ray Sheline’s Fullest Vigour. Dennis has been a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) for more than twenty years, and is married to actress Shelley Delaney.
Shelley Delaney (Head, Performance Area) came to Ohio University to teach in the BFA acting program in 2002, and is now Head of the Performance Area, which encompasses the Professional Actor Training Program (MFA) and the BFA in Acting. Her professional acting credits include work at The Cincinnati Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Victory Gardens (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Free Man of Color), GeVa, Cleveland Playhouse, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Florida Rep, Two River Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival, in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Shaw to contemporary world premieres. In New York City, Shelley has premiered work at New York Shakespeare Festival’s Plays in Process, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep Lab, HERE, The Ice Factory at the Ohio Theater, The Women in Theater Festival and many others. Her film work includes Radio Days, and the independent feature films: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Berlinale 2014), Hero Tomorrow, Relative Obscurity and Trailerpark. In addition to directing a range of plays encompassing classics and new work at OU, Shelley has directed Blood Knot, The Crucible, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, and Doubt at the Monomoy Theatre, and two full-length plays and numerous one act plays at the 78th Street Theater Lab/Drilling Company in NYC. Other directing credits include Solo Arts, PSNBC, HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival and Centenary Stage Co. Shelley received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is a proud member of both Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
David Haugen (Head, BFA Performance Area) began to teach acting in the BFA and MFA Performance programs at Ohio University in 2007 after spending a number of years teaching at respected studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Since coming to OU, he has taught nationally and internationally, including workshops combining Meisner and Chekhov Techniques in London and Galway. He is a proud member of the Michael Chekhov Association and continues to train as a teacher with them. His classes in the Division of Theater include; Meisner Technique, Michael Chekhov Technique, Improvisation and Audition Technique. At OU he has directed; Blue Surge, The Misanthrope, Mr. Marmalade, Antony and Cleopatra among others. As an actor, David has worked in film (Vision Quest; The Curious Profession of Jonathan Hoag); television (Law & Order; Law & Order SVU, Ed); and Off-Broadway (Romeo & Juliet). He has worked extensively around the country with such theaters as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, New Jersey and Orlando Shakespeare Festivals, Dorset Theatre Festival and The Peterborough Players. David is a proud member of both Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
Charles Smith (Head, MFA Playwriting) is a member of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and is a recipient of the 2008 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and around the country by theaters such as Victory Gardens, The Acting Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, Penumbra, Ujima Theatre Company, St. Louis Black Rep, New Federal Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theater. His work has also been produced for the HBO New Writers Project, the International Children’s Theater Festival in Seattle, and the North Carolina Black Arts Festival. His most recent play, Denmark, was the inaugural World Premiere production of the newly renovation Victory Gardens at the Biograph Theater. His play Pudd’nhead Wilson enjoyed a twenty-two city national tour and his plays Takunda and City of Gold enjoyed tours of the west coast. His other plays include Knock Me a Kiss, Freefall, Les Trois Dumas, The Sutherland, Sister Carrie, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard, Cane, and Free Man of Color which recently premiered in Australia after being awarded a Joseph Jefferson Award and John W. Schmid Award, both for Outstanding New Work. He is also author of two Emmy Award-winning teleplays, Fast Break to Glory and Pequito. A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Smith has received commissions from Victory Gardens, The Goodman, Seattle Rep, Indiana Rep, The Acting Company, and Ohio University. He is an alumni playwright of the Tony Award-winning New Dramatists in New York and taught playwriting at Northwestern University for seven years. His most recent work currently in development, The Cattail Memoirs, was a commissioned by Indiana Rep and is the result of a Joyce Award. His plays may be obtained through Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, Northwestern University Press, Smith & Kraus, Meriwether Publishing Ltd. For more information about his plays, visit http://www.csplays.com.