Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
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June 26, 2002

MEADOWS SCHOOL APPOINTS GREG LEAMING AS HEAD OF THEATRE DIRECTING

DALLAS (SMU) -- Greg Leaming has been named associate professor and head of directing in the Division of Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, effective August 1, 2002. His duties at SMU will include managing the graduate and undergraduate directing programs, teaching, and directing plays during the theatre division’s season.

Leaming joins SMU from the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, where he served as director of artistic programming from 1997-2001 and as acting artistic director for the past year. At Long Wharf, Leaming developed and produced the theatre’s eight-play season and directed the world premieres of Abstract Expression, Syncopation, The Third Army and An Infinite Ache.

From 1992-96 Leaming was the artistic director of the Portland Stage Company in Maine. There he directed numerous productions, including the world premieres of Constance Congdon’s Losing Father’s Body and Keith Curran’s Church of the Sole Survivor, both of which won the national W. Alton Jones New Play Award.

Leaming also served as the producing director of the Hartford Stage Company from 1996-97 and as associate artistic director of the theatre from 1988-92.

Leaming previously taught at Wesleyan University, Albertus Magnus College and several other colleges and universities. Since 1989 he has served as an evaluator and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also worked as a panelist/observer for the Maine Arts Commission, the Connecticut Arts Commission and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He holds an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“Greg Leaming brings a wealth of experience to the theatre program at SMU,” said Kevin Paul Hofeditz, chair of the school’s Division of Theatre. “Both intellectually and artistically, he will be a valuable addition to our faculty.”


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