Fred Curchack

Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

M.A. - Theatre Arts
Queens College, New York, Theatre - 1972
B.A. - Theatre Arts
Queens College - 1970
HS - Drama
H.S. of Performing Arts - NY - 1964


Wrote, directed, acted in 78 original plays produced internationally. - publications


Professor of Art and Performance
The University of Texas at Dallas [1986–Present]
Theatre Instructor
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California [1978–1985]
Theatre Instructor
United Nations International School, New York [1974–1976]

Additional Information

TEACHING - Selected Lectures, Talks, Symposia
  •  “From Text to Performance: The Process of Writing, Directing, and Performing the Play MONKEY – The Quest to the West.” International Symposium on “Translating China into the West.”, University of Texas at Dallas. 2009.
  •  Lecture/Demonstration on 4 Shakespeare Adaptations. Bristol Repertory Theater. Bristol, Pa. 2008
  •  Talks and Workshops in conjunction with performances at International Festivals and theatres: Casablanca, Morocco; Vina del Mar and Santiago, Chile; Montevideo, Uruguay; Tunis, Tunisia; Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cassel, Stockholm, Bergen, Oslo, Marseille, Grenoble, Paris, Wroclaw, Sofia, Belgrade, Novisad, Sambur, Kyoto, Osaka, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Seattle, Dallas; Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven CT; Synergy Studio, Austin TX; Virginia Museum, Richmond VA; Shakespeare Society of America Conference, Movement Theatre International, Philadelphia PA; Southwest Theatre Conference, Dallas TX; American College Theatre Festival - Rohnert Park CA; American College Theatre Festival - Sacramento CA, Dallas Theatre Center; Southern Methodist University; Next Wave Festival - NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN; American Festival Theatre - Stratford CT; National Theatre School - Oslo, Norway, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theater, the Odyssey Theater, L.A.; the MET Theater, L.A.; Organic Theater, Goodman Theater; UNIMA Conference, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta.
  •  College Workshops and Talks at: Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater, California State University at Los Angeles, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Texas Women’s University, University of Memphis, Boston Conservatory of Art and Music, Dartmouth College, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, Hamilton College, Brown University, University of Puget Sound, Washington University, Williams College, Rhode Island College, California Institute of the Arts, Sacramento State University, University of North Carolina-Greensborough, University of South Carolina-Columbia, New Mexico Military Institute, Shasta College, Queensborough Community College, N.Y.; LaMaMa E.T.C., N.Y.; Duke University, Southern Methodist University, Roger Smith College.......
Internationally recognized performer and director
EDUCATION - Selected Courses and Workshops
  •  Advanced yoga training with Krishna Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, David Williams, Edward Clarke, Eric Schiffman, Manju Jois, Allen Finger, Rod Stryker, Peggy Orr and other teachers. New York, California, Dallas. 1978 - Present.
  •  Playwrighting and Improvisation Workshops with Arlene Hutton. Dallas, Texas. 2009.
  •  Training in Japanese Noh Theatre with Masayuki Namiyoshi and Yuriko Doi. 2007.
  •  Theatre Workshops with Richard Foreman. Southern Methodist University, Dallas. 2003.
  •  Jazz guitar with Richard McClure (Café Noir). 2003.
  •  Voice with Dennis Kraznick of Shakespeare and Company. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2002.
  •  Researched, observed rehearsals, and videotaped production of Aeschylus' The Oresteia (The Millenium Project), directed by Henryk Baranowski. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2000.
  •  Improvisation Workshop with Jim Cranna. Dallas. 2000.
  •  Jazz Guitar with Jason Bucklin (Café Noir). 1997 - 2000.
  •  Workshops with John Barton and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Brooklyn Academy of Music. 1998.
  •  Workshop with Patrick Drouot on "Shamanic Techniques and Performance." Chateau Fondjouan, France. 1995.
  •  Lectures by Stephen Sondheim. Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX. 1994.
  •  Participant in "ODIN WEEK" with Eugenio Barba and Company. Odin Theatret, Holstebro, Denmark. 1993.
  •  Lectures by Peter Brook. Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX. 1993.
  •  Shakespeare workshops with Charles Marowitz. Humboldt State University, CA. 1993.
  •  Acting workshops with Earl Gister. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1990, 1991.
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  •  Mime/mask/buffoon classes with Jacques LeCoq. 1986.
  •  Yoga with Ian Rawlinson, 1986.
  •  Voice and Text workshop with Cecilly Berry. Dallas Theater Center. 1989.
  •  Huichol Indian dance and shamanic ritual with Don Jose Matsuwa. 1983, 1985.
  •  Organized and participated in workshops with Zbigniew Cynkutis of the Polish Laboratory Theater. Collaborated with him on a new performance. 1982-83.
  •  Master classes with Joseph Chaikin. Acting and directing Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht and Beckett. 1982 and 1983.
  •  Workshops and talks with Jerzy Grotowski. 1983, 1977, 1971.
  •  Organized and participated in workshop with Francis Pardhelain of the Odin Theatre, Denmark. 1982.
  •  Dance classes and movement coaching with Alan Schofield (jazz and modern). 1982-85.
  •  Playwrighting workshop with Sam Shepard. 1982.
  •  Organized and participated in workshops with Ryzard Cieslak of the Polish Laboratory Theater. 1981.
  •  Jazz dance with Lee Hudson. 1980-1982.
  •  Ashtanga yoga (Intermediate) with: K. Pattabhi Jois. Six weeks of training, 1980; Judy August, 1980-82; Robert Shinerock, 1983.
  •  Acting with the Polish Laboratory Theater. Voice with Zygmunt Molik. Movement with Rena Mirecka and Antoni Jaholkowski. 1977.
  •  Modern dance with Ann Woodhead. 1978-79.
  •  Topeng (Balinese masked dance-theatre) with Nyomen Wenten. 1977.
  •  Voice and Text with Kristin Linklater. 1977.
  •  Kathakali (South Indian dance-theatre) with Krishnan Nambudiri. 1974-1976.
  •  Asian Theatre with Suresh Awasthi. 1974.
  •  Workshop with Peter Brook and company. Conduct vocal exercise in film "The Empty Space." 1973.
  •  Noh (Japanese masked dance-theatre) with Kita Sadayo. 1972 and 1973.
  •  Text and Shakespeare with Bertram Joseph. Collaboration on poetry recordings. 1971-72.
  •  Observed Noh Theatre, Kabuki, Bunraku, Bugaku, and Gagaku (rehearsals and performances) in Japan. 1972.
  •  Research with Zen Hirano into the actor's training method of Michael Chekhov. 1973.
  •  Conducted and participated in workshops with the Medicine Show/Open Theater. 1971.
  •  Workshops with the LaMaMa Plexus Company. 1969-1971.
  •  Workshops with the LaMaMa Bilingual Company. 1971.
  •  African dance with Dinizulu. 1970.
  •  Directing with Gene Frankel. 1969.
  •  Modern dance with Group Motion - Berlin. 1969.
  •  Choreography and modern dance with Alwyn Nikolais and Co. 1968.
  •  Workshops and tour with the Living Theater. 1968.
  •  Juggling and acrobatics with Hovey Burgess. 1968
  •  Other Movement Training: Feldenkreis, Alexander, Continuum, Tai Chi Chuan, Judo, Balkan dance, Shiatzu, Space Awareness (of Chogyam Trungpa), Gurdjieff Movements.
  •  Music training: Voice and guitar (classical, jazz, folk, rock). Play recorder, piano, percussion. Studied Indian classical vocal music with Ali Akbar Khan and tabla with Jnan Prakash Ghosh.

News Articles

Professor Is the Heart of Multimedia One-Man Show
In his new play, UT Dallas drama professor Fred Curchack interacts with videos of his wife, his mother, his daughter and his granddaughter on his quest to find the secret of life. Grandpa’s Home Videos, a solo piece that Curchack also wrote, premiered last month in Petaluma, Calif., and will be playing in Dallas for three weeks at the Bath House Cultural Center. Curchack describes the semi-autobiographical Grandpa’s Home Videos as “a contemplation of the nature of ‘self’ and how individual identity develops, evolves and ultimately falls away. It uses video, songs and comedy to confront the fundamental illusion that is the source of so much confusion in our lives.”
Prof, 3 Ex-Students Receive Theater Critic Awards
The 2009-2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards were announced on Sept. 15, and University of Texas at Dallas drama professor Fred Curchack received a special citation for “being a true renaissance theater artist.” Curchack was also one of four actors to receive an Ensemble Award for the Undermain Theatre production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame.Three former UT Dallas theater students also received awards. David Lozano co-wrote and directed Crystal City 1969, which received an award for New Play. Josh Glover’s company, Upstart Players, which he founded and produces, won several awards. SubUrbia, which Josh directed, won for Ensemble, Actor and Design; and Talk Radio, which Josh produced, won for Actor and Design. Former student Maryam Baig-Lush was a member of the winning ensemble cast of subUrbia as well.
Curchack to Stage Monkey: The Quest to the West
Faculty member Fred Curchack will direct Monkey: The Quest to the West, a play he adapted for the stage from the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West, at UT Dallas April 10-19. Performances will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. The story follows the supernatural trickster Monkey, who makes war with heaven until he is imprisoned under a mountain by Buddha. After 500 years, he is released to protect a Buddhist monk on his perilous journey from China to India to bring back spiritual texts. On the way they encounter all manner of deities, demons, monsters and outrageous misadventures.
American Dream Play, a Production Written and Directed by UTD Professor, to Open March 31
Beginning March 31, a professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at T he University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Fred Curchack, will direct An American Dream Play, a production that he also wrote. The play is set to open in UTD’s University Theatre and runs through April 9, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m ., and Sunday performances at 2:30 p.m. In the play, God’s daughter comes to earth to experience what it is like to be human. Feasting on the fruits of civilization, she discovers marriage, family, education, politics, war and religion. The production is a reworking of August Strindberg’s classic, A Dream Play, which follows the wisdom of the subconscious on a journey into and beyond modern life.
Fred Curchack Adapts One-Man Show, Gauguin's Paradise, For UTD Student Cast
UTD Professor and acclaimed theatre artist Fred Curchack will premiere the full-stage adaptation of his one-man show, Gauguin's Paradise , in the University Theatre at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) March 26, 27 and 28 and April 2, 3 and 4. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Curchack will transform his one-man show, Gauguin's Shadow , originally created to commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the death of artist Paul Gauguin, into a full-stage play, Gauguin's Paradise , for a student cast.


National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowship (1991-92)
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