Fred Curchack

Professor - Arts And Humanities
fred.curchack@utdallas.edu
972-883-2684
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Professional Preparation

M.S. - Theatre Arts
Queens College, New York, Theatre - 1972
B.A. - Theatre Arts
Queens College - 1970

Appointments

Professor of Art and Performance
The University of Texas at Dallas [1986–Present]

Reid School, Petaluma, California [1985–1985]
Artist-in-Residence in interdisciplinary program
Sonoma State University [1979–1980]
Dominican College, San Rafael, California
Dominican College, San Rafael, California [1979–1979]

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California [1978–1985]

San Francisco School of the Arts [1977–1977]

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults [1974–1975]

United Nations International School, New York [1974–1976]

Amity School [1973–1974]

Queensborough Community College [1971–1976]

Additional Information

TEACHING - Selected Workshops
  • Professional acting workshops, directorial consultation, and private coaching in creating performances, writing, acting, voice, and movement. 1970-Present.
  • Theatre workshops. Texas Women’s University. Denton, Texas. 2008.
  • Workshops in Indian Kathakali, Japanese Noh, and actor's training for Plano East High School and for Lake Highlands Highschool. Plano and Dallas, Texas. 1999-2008.
  • Theatre workshops. Austin College, Sherman, Texas; Arts Magnet High School, Novato, California; Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2004.
  • Trained MFA students in Shakespeare, voice, movement, and acting for camera. Directed video of scenes from Shakespeare's, King Lear. Lecture-demonstration on adapting Shakespeare. The International Actors Training Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2002.
  • Workshop in creating new work for theater professionals at the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater, Blue Lake California. 2001.
  • Workshop for Theater of the Independent Eye. Philadelphia. 1999.
  • “Contemporary Artists and the Bard.” Performance and talk in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY. 1998.
  • Workshop at Festival International de Theatre Universitaire. Casablanca, Morocco. 1998.
  • Coached Erika Batdorf in the development of solo performances, Facing East and Mr. Raisinhead. Boston, Dallas, N.Y.C. 1998, 1997.
  • Workshop at the Boston Conservatory of Art. 1998.
  • Workshops and lecture/demonstrations to the MFA students in the International Theatre Training Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 1998, 1997.
  • "Discombobulating Shakespeare," a lecture to professors from the California State University system. Cal State, L.A. 1996.
  • Talk, "Theatre Adaptation." The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles CA. 1995.
  • Consultation with Tawfiq Jeballi on adaptation of OTHELLO. El Teatro, Tunis, Tunisia. 1995.
  • Workshops at the National Theatre of Tunisia; The Theatre du Cygne, Paris; the Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles CA; The MET Theatre, Los Angeles CA; Northeast Movement Theatre Conference, Baltimore MD; Pontine Theatre, Portsmouth NH; Dartmouth College; The University of Memphis. 1995.
  • Workshop for the National Theatre School; Tunis, Tunisia. 1994.
  • Playwrights' Horizon - Workshop for professional actors and directors, New York. 1993.
  • Festival Mundial Teatro de las Naciones - Workshop for professional actors and directors, Santiago, Chile. 1993.
  • Workshop for National Theatre School - Montevideo, Uruguay. 1993.
  • Workshop for professional actors, dancers, directors - Synergy Studio, Austin TX. 1993.
  • Workshop for therapists. City Center Theatre, Oklahoma City OK. 1993.
  • Noh Space - Workshop for theatre professionals, San Francisco. 1992.
  • Oklahoma Community Theatre Association - Workshop for theatre professionals, Tulsa. 1992.
  • Pontine Theatre - Workshop for theatre professionals, Portsmouth, N.H. 1991.
  • American College Theatre Festival - resident artist, California. 1991.
  • International Movement Theatre Festival - Workshop in playing comic types. Philadelphia. 1991.
  • Workshop for Teatro Movimento. Ancona, Italy. 1991.
  • Workshop for Pontine Theatre. Portsmouth, N.H. 1991.
  • Elementary school workshops for Young Imaginations. California. 1989-91.
  • Taught the International Theatre Institute's performance workshop to an international group of professional actors, directors and designers, Berlin. 1987.
  • Performance and Media workshop in collaboration with film maker Peter Rose, International Festival of Movement Theatre, Philadelphia. 1987.
  • Solo performance workshop for professional Scandanavian performers, Nordic Theatre Committee, Oslo, Norway. 1987.
  • Theatre and art workshops for children at Appel Center for the Arts and for ghetto children in Atlantic City through Sharing the Arts, New Jersey. 1987.
  • Performance workshop for theatre professionals (in French), Quinzaine Internationale du Theatre, Quebec. 1986.
  • Performance workshop in collaboration with Norwegian director/performer Elsa Kvamme at On the Boards, Seattle. 1986.
  • Performance workshop for Theatre Pariminou-Montreal (in French). 1986.
  • Humanities lecture and a television talk with Frederick Turner on The Tempest at the Portland Stage Co., Portland, Maine. 1987.
  • Organized symposium on Play House at The University of Texas at Dallas. 1987.
PRODUCTIONS
  • Wrote, directed, designed, composed music and sound design, Synthesis: An Idiot's Guide to Death and Rebirth Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2010
  • Performed role of Nagg in Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Undermain Theatre, Dallas. 2010.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, composed music and performed (with Laura Jorgensen) The Great Eastern Sun Trilogy – excerpts from: Milarepa, Monkey: The Quest to the West, and Noh: Angels, Demons and Dreamers In celebration of UTD's 40th Anniversary, University of Texas at Dallas. 2009.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed in Sacred Laughter, commedia vignettes (for 5 actors) accompanying Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Arts District Chorale. Dallas Museum of Art. 2009.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, composed music and performed (with Laura Jorgensen), Milarepa. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2009. Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas. 2010.
  • Wrote, directed, composed music, and performed (with Laura Jorgensen), Monkey: The Quest to the West. Adaptation of The Journey to the West. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California; Undermain Theatre, Dallas, Texas; Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas, Sixth Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, California. 2008. Green Gulch Farm of the S.F. Zen Center. 2009.
  • Four Shakespeare Adaptations. Lecture-demonstration at the Bristol Repertory Theatre, Bristol, Pennsylvania. 2008.
  • Wrote and directed student ensemble version of Monkey: The Quest to the West. The University of Texas at Dallas. 2008.
  • Directed opera, La Curandera by Robert Xavier Rodriguez. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2007.
  • Wrote adaptations, directed, composed music, and performed (with Laura Jorgensen), Noh: Angels, Demons & Dreamers. Adaptations of five Japanese Noh plays and Kyogen. “Top Ten of 2007” – The Dallas Morning News. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California; NohSpace, San Francisco; The Dance Palace, Point Reyes, California; Undermain Theatre, Dallas. 2007.
  • Wrote, composed music, and performed, Freddy's Chicken Gumbo. An evening of original songs. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2006.
  • Wrote, made video, and directed student ensemble version of An American Dream Play, adapted from Strindberg's, A Dream Play. The University of Texas at Dallas. 2006.
  • Wrote, directed, made video, and performed duo version (with Laura Jorgensen) of An American Dream Play, adapted from Strindberg's, A Dream Play. Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma, California. 2006.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed, Sexual Myth-Stories. Scenes from: Orpheus in Hollywood; Live Love Acts; Dionysos Does Dallas. Collaboration with Laura Jorgensen. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2005.
  • Narrated The Dot and the Line, a concert with Voices of Change. World Premiere of music by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, text by Norton Juster. The University of Texas at Dallas. 2005.
  • Wrote, directed, composed music, made video, performed, Golden Buddha Beach. Collaboration with Laura Jorgensen. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. 2004 - 2005.
  • Performed in The Prayers of Dallas by Frederick Turner. The University of Texas at Dallas. 2004.
  • Wrote (adapted texts by Gauguin), made video and directed ensemble production, Gauguin's Paradise. University of Texas at Dallas. 2004.
  • Wrote (adapted texts by Gauguin), directed, made video, and performed solo, Gauguin's Shadow. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California; The Marsh, San Francisco, California; Undermain Theater, Dallas; Austin College; Palace Theatre, Hilo, Hawaii; Performance International Conference, Brown University. "Best New Play" -- Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum; "Top Ten of 2004" -- Dallas Morning News. 2003 - 2005.
  • Revised and performed Stuff As Dreams Are Made On. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, Ca. 2003.
  • Narrated Master Peter's Puppet Show by Manuel de Falla. With Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Musica Nova. The University of Texas at Dallas. 2003.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed solo, Dionysos Does Dallas: A Geek Tragedy. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California; Avenue Arts Venue, Dallas; Watertower Theatre, Addison, Texas; Klotz-Sirmon Gallery, New York. 2002 - 2003.
  • Ongoing performances by Daniel Stein of Windowspeak. Director and co-creator. Longwood University; Purdue University. 2003 - 2004.
  • Ongoing performances by Robert Smythe and Daniel Stein of Measuring Man (on Leonardo da Vinci). Director and co-creator. Baltimore Theatre Project. 2003 -2005.
  • Directed and co-wrote scenario of Mozart's Pantomime for Commedia Dell'Arte. Played role of Pantalone. With Robert Xavier Rodriguez. World Premiere at UTD. 2002.
  • Directed opera Don Pasquale by Donizetti. Cinnabar Opera Theater, Petaluma, California. 2002.
  • Reworked and performed What Fools These Mortals Be, a solo adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California. Also featured at the Unima (International Puppetry Association) Conference at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta. 2002.
  • Directed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Played Oberon. World Premiere of incidental music by Robert Xavier Rodriguez. University of Texas at Dallas. 2002.
  • Narrated "Song of Songs" by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, with Musica Nova. UTD. 2002.
  • Directed video scenes from Shakespeare's King Lear. International Actor Training Program (MFA), University of Tennesse at Knoxville. 2002.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed solo, Glimpsings. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, Ca.; Undermain Theater, Dallas. 2001-2002.
  • Played all the roles in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale with Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Musica Nova. UTD. 2001.
  • Directed and edited two half-hour videos of Bakkhai and Lear's Shadow. The Dallas Video Festival at the Dallas Theater Center. 2001.
  • Directed Euripides' Bakkhai. Played role of Kadmos. World premiere of a new translation by Reginald Gibbons (Oxford University Press). The University of Texas at Dallas. 2001.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed (with Shannon Kearns), Lear's Shadow. The MAC, Dallas; Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA. 2000.
  • Co-created and directed Measuring Man. Performed by Daniel Stein and Robert Smythe. Dell'Arte Theater, Blue Lake CA.; Mum Puppet Theatre, Philadelphia; national tour. 2000.
  • Acted a lead role (the Devil), danced, built and operated puppets, and sang with the San Antonio Symphony in the world premiere of The Last Night of Don Juan. Music by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, texts by Murray Ross (adapted from Edmund Rostand). Majestic Theatre, San Antonio. 2000.
  • Narrated The Nightingale with Voices of Change. Music by Theo Loevendie. UTD. 2000.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed solo, Live Love Acts. Undermain Theatre, Dallas. 2000. Cinnabar Theater. 1999.
  • Video retrospective of nine solo performances. Dallas Video Festival at the Dallas Theater Center. 2000. Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas. 1999.
  • Directed, designed, shot, edited video, composed music, and performed solo, Hamet: Carnal, Bloody, & Unnatural Acts. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA.; Dallas Video Festival at the Dallas Theater Center. 1999.
  • Directorial Consultant for Theater of the Independent Eye's production, Innana. Philadelphia. 1999.
  • Narrated The Song of Songs by Robert Xavier Rodriguez. Petaluma Music Festival. Petaluma, California. 1999.
  • Reworked Stuff As Dreams Are Made On for children and performed it at the Seattle International Children's Festival. 1999.
  • Video performance of role of Macheath in scenes from The Beggar's Opera and commedia scenes in Musica Nova concert. UTD. 1999.
  • Read original stories, poems, and songs. Presented by Wordspace at the Dallas Institute for the Humanities. 1999.
  • Performed a retrospective of original performances and works by Shakespeare, Blake, Brecht, and Yeats. UTD. 1998.
  • Directed, shot, edited feature-length video, The Secret Life of UTD. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1998.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, shot, and edited video for new solo A Surprise Party. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA.; Dallas Theater Center (The Dallas Video Festival); The Dallas Institute for the Humanities; University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 1997 - 1998. Received the Dallas Theatre Critics' Forum's “Outstanding Performance Award.”
  • Directorial Consultant to Erika Batdorf's solo performances Facing East, and Mr. Raisinhead. New York Fringe Festival and tour. 1998.
  • Wrote and performed Orpheus in Hollywood: a Myth Mash. (Solo version) The MAC, Dallas; Cinnabar Theater, CA. 1997. Chosen for “Top Ten of 1997" by the Dallas Morning News.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed Multiple Climaxes. El Teatro, Tunis, Tunisia. 1997.
  • Directed, shot, and edited feature-length video, Orpheus in Hollywood. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1997.
  • Performed video of To Have Done with the Judgement of God by Antonin Artaud. Undermain Theater. 1997.
  • Shot and edited videos and directed concert by "Cafe Noir." The University of Texas at Dallas. 1997.
  • Wrote, directed, composed music, and performed ISSAC and ISHMAEL: A Biblical Debacle, (an Arab-Jewish Music Summit) in collaboration with percussionist/actor Jamal Mohamed. The MAC. 1996.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, composed music, made video, and performed The Comeback of Freddy Chickan at Cinnabar Theater, California; Smokebrush Theatre, Colorado Springs; and at The MAC, Dallas. The Dallas Morning News critic Lawson Taitte reviewed the work, calling Mr. Curchack a "theatrical genius...supremely talented artist." 1996.
  • Conceived and directed The Making of the American Entertainment Industry's Tribute to Freddy Chickan. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1996.
  • Associate Director/Visual Effects Designer for The Wanderings of Odysseus, a theatrical adaptation of The Odyssey, in collaboration with translator Alan Mandelbaum and actor/playwright John O'Keefe. Smokebrush Theatre, Colorado Springs. 1996.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, and performed in ABEL AND CAIN: A Biblical Debacle in collaboration with Daniel Stein. Odyssey Theater, LA; Pontine Theater, Portsmouth NH; Carthage International Theater Festival, Tunis, Tunisia; MidAtlantic Movement Theatre Festival, Baltimore MD. 1995.
  • Created THE SHOW: a Metatheatrical Hodgepodge. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1995.
  • Sang roles of Witch and Sailor in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Conducted by Robert Xavier Rodriguez with principal singers from the Dallas Opera. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1995.
  • Wrote, directed, performed HEDDY and TEDDY: a closet drama. Wordfire Festival, New York; Henry Street Settlement, New York; Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA; Zachary Scott Theater, Austin TX. 1993.
  • Created and performed HEDDY and TEDDY: a closet drama., a solo children's performance tour of the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond. 1993.
  • Played lead role in world premiere of Caesar, adapted from Shakespeare and directed by Charles Marowitz. Humboldt State University CA. 1993.
  • Created and performed The Land of Dreams, a solo for children. Dell'Arte Theatre, Blue Lake CA. 1993.
  • Conceived and directed Art-O-Rama #3: THE NEW WORLD/THE NEW WING, a performance tour of the Dallas Museum of Art's new Art of the Americas wing. Workshop with UTD students. 1993.
  • Collaborated with Lee Murray on video documentary of the process of creating FAMILY VALUES: A Closet Drama at UTD. KERA-TV and KDTN-TV, Dallas TX. 1993-94.
  • Performed with music ensemble Voices of Change, narrating Robert Xavier Rodriguez's Song of Songs from a story by Sholem Aleichem. The University of Texas at Dallas, 1992; Temple Shalom concert and studio recording of CD. 1994; Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma Ca. 1999.
  • Wrote, directed, composed music, made inter-active video, and performed scenes, songs, and dances from THE SEXUAL MYTHOLOGY TRILOGY. Cinnabar Theatre; Petaluma, Ca. 1993.
  • Conceived and directed FAMILY VALUES: A Closet Drama with students at The University of Texas at Dallas. 1992.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, performed WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE -- Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM re-visioned. International tour. Dallas Critics' "Outstanding Performance Award." Hensen International Puppetry Festival, New York Public Theater. 1992 - present.
  • Performed in Memory and Desire - A Theatre Marathon directed by Arthur Pellman. Seattle. 1992.
  • Made 26 minute video version of Sexual Mythology part 3: HEAVEN -or- The Big Talk Show for PBS-TV (KERA) show "Mind's Eye.: Dallas. 1992.
  • Performed excerpts from WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE on PBS-TV (KQED) show "Q." San Francisco. 1992.
  • Wrote and performed three radio spots for the Sonoma County Fair (aired on 15 S.F. Bay Area stations). 1992.
  • Performed in radio play The Girl With No Name by Peter Rose. National Public Radio, Philidelphia. 1992.
  • Conceived and directed ART-O-RAMA with students from The University of Texas at Dallas. The Dallas Museum of Art. 1991.
  • Conceived, directed, designed, videotaped and edited, and performed Sexual Mythology part 3: HEAVEN -or- The Big Talk Show, with John O'Keefe, Cecile Pineda, Peter Rose, Frederick Turner; music by Robert Xavier Rodriguez. International tour. 1991.
  • Wrote, directed, designed, and performed solo, Sexual Mythology part 2: PURGATORY. National tour. 1989-91.
  • Recorded a story, song, and poem on an album (CD and cassette) for children. Benefit for Young Imaginations (arts education program); ("Children's Album of the Year," Parents' Choice Magazine). 1991.
  • Conceived and directed Isadora, a dance-theatre performance by Ellen Forman. Philadelphia. 1990.
  • Performed segment of Stuff As Dreams Are Made On for Alive from Off-Center. PBS (national television). 1990.
  • Conceived and directed Sexual Mythology part 2: PURGATORY (ensemble version) music by Robert X. Rodriguez. The University of Texas at Dallas. 1989.
  • Wrote and performed Sexual Mythology part 1: THE UNDERWORLD, an ensemble music-theatre piece. Music by Robert X. Rodriguez and Jim Kohn. Theatre Garage, Dallas; Theatre Project, Baltimore; International Movement Theatre Festival, Philadelphia. 1989.
  • Co-created and directed Windowspeak with Daniel Stein, music by John Welstead. Created at U.T.D., followed by international tour. 1989.
  • Conceived and performed Legacy, a site-specific performance on the 25th anniversary of the assassination of J.F.K. at the Texas Theater, Dallas (where Oswald was apprehended) with Daniel Stein and Peter Rose. 1989.
  • Directorial consultant for dance-theatre performance Bread by Ellen Forman and the South Street Dance Company. International Movement Theatre Festival, Philadelphia. 1989.
  • Wrote adaptation and performed Chekhov's The Harmfulness of Tobacco. Palace Theatre, Petaluma, California; Theatre Garage, Dallas. 1988.
  • Directed and performed new version of solo Fred Breaks Bread with the Dead - fragments of a lost repertoire. Theatre Garage, Dallas. 1988.
  • Performed (and wrote, directed, composed music and designed) Inquest for Freddy Chickan International Theatre Festivals in the U.S., Canada, Berlin, national tour. 1987-1988.
  • Directed Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Dallas Theatre Center, with dramaturg Robert Corrigan and designer Eugene Lee. 1988.
  • Wrote, composed, sang, played guitar and recorded Sexual Mythology, an album of original songs. Performed live at Club DaDa, Dallas. 1988.
  • Ongoing collaboration with film/video artist Peter Rose on creating and recording audio and video pieces. 1987-present.
  • Directed Uncle Vanya at U.T.D. Collaborated with Robert Corrigan in teaching Chekhov seminar. 1987.
  • Conceived and directed Play House at The University of Texas at Dallas. 1987.
  • Directed America I Love You - an opera of e.e. cummings poems. Workshop with Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Petaluma, California. 1986.
  • Directed, sang,and improvised with "Totem" - a new music quintet. Performances in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1984-1986.
  • Conceived and directed Party at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. 1985.
  • Conceived and directed Cinnabar Time Voyagers with 30 children, grades K-6. Cinnabar School, Petaluma. 1984.
  • Created and performed PROJECT JOB: A Biblical Debacle. Collaboration with Zbigniew Cynkutis, director and actor from Grotowski's Polish Theatre Laboratory and Stephen Rappaport, Intersection, San Francisco and tour. 1984.
  • Performed all male voices and narration of The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain. Read Wounds in the Rain stories by Stephan Crane. Book of the Road, Tape Book Co. 1985.
  • Directed, adapted,and performed Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. 1983.
  • Wrote, designed,and performed Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Shakespeare's The Tempest, changed "into something rich and strange." Performed internationally. 1983-Present.
  • Wrote and directed PARROT ISLAND: A Nuclear Opera in collaboration with the Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Petaluma. 1983.
  • Directed and performed in A Gathering of Clowns, conceived with Raymond Burr as part of a 5 year theatre training program. Sonoma State University. 1983.
  • Directed and performed FRED BREAKS BREAD WITH THE DEAD: Fragments of a Lost Repertoire. Adaptations from Shakespeare, Beckett, Blake, Joyce, Yeats, Zeami, Brecht, O'Neill, the Old Testament. National Tour. 1982-Present.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed Incarnation. National tour. 1982.
  • Directed a movement-theatre adaptation of Stravinski's Les Noces with live music. Sonoma State University. 1982.
  • Performed Beckett's Cascando. 1981-Present.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed in The Birds, a musical-comedy adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds and Lysistrata. Leavenworth Theatre, S.F. and SSU. 1980-81.
  • Conceived and directed IN TENTS: A Play About a Group That Goes into the Wilderness to Create a Play About a Group that Goes Into the Wilderness to Create. . . Lost Valley, Big Sur, and SSU. 1980.
  • Conceived, directed, and performed in The Mental Traveller, adapted from William Blake. Collaboration with Laura Jorgensen and Jim Bryant. The Performance Space, S.F. and Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma. 1980.
  • Conceived and directed The Young Man Who Gave the King's Daughter the Power of Speech--or--The Singing Cock, a musical adapted from a folk tale. SSU. 1979.
  • Directed CUCHULAIN: Three Plays by W.B. Yeats. The Performing Space, S.F., and SSU. 1979.
  • Conceived and directed All Hallows' Eve. The Performance Space, S.F., SSU, and Bay Area tour. 1978.
  • Conceived, directed, and performed Duo with Joya Cory and Motion: the Women's Performance Collective. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, S.F. 1978.
  • Directed and performed Hamlet Kathakali and Shunkan in Exile, a Noh play. National tour. 1977-1982.
  • Choreographed and performed in Oedipus the King adapted by Anthony Burgess. The Stage Company, New York. 1976.
  • Performance/demonstrations with Krishnan Nambudiri of Kathakali: South Indian dance-theatre. LaMaMa, NY, and east coast tour. 1975-76.
  • Wrote and directed Ain't It the Truth and directed Spoon River Anthology with the J.S.P.O.A. Players. Toured New York City Senior Citizen Centers with a company of seniors. 1974-75
  • Co-wrote and performed in Solaris - a dance-theatre collaboration with the Philadelphia Composers' Forum. Dance Theatre Lab, New York. 1974-75.
  • Directed, composed music, and performed in W.B. Yeats' Purgatory. The Space for Innovative Development, New York, east coast tour. 1974.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed An Evening of NOH. Japan Society, New York, Boston Center for the Arts. 1974.
  • Performed in Pining Wind. Centrifugal Theatre Co., New York. 1973.
  • Wrote and directed EXORCISE IN LOVE AND WAR: a Blind Man's Song. Queensborough College, New York. 1973.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed The Garden of the Sightless Stones. Performance/lectures for Japanese artists in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan. 1972.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed in Jongleurs. Queens College and New York City tour. 1972.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed in The Dance of Life and Breath. Toured New York City Junior High Schools. 1971.
  • Wrote, directed, and performed in Dream of Danang. LaMaMa Experimental Theater Co., New York. 1968.
  • Played Estragon in Waiting for Godot and Stephan Dedalus in Ulysses in Nighttown. Queens College, New York. 1967-68.
  • Wrote, directed and performed in Metaphysics in Mecklenberg Street or The Head. Queens College, New York. 1968.
TECHNICAL THEATRE
  • Received the American Theater Wing Award for Design for Stuff As Dreams Are Made On. 1990.
  • Designed and built sets, masks, puppets, costumes, lights, and made videos for: Synthesis: An Idiot’s Guide to Death and Rebirth; Milarepa; Monkey: The Quest to the West; NOH: Angels, Demons & Dreamers; An American Dream Play; Golden Buddha Beach; Gauguin's Shadow; Dionysos Does Dallas; Glimpsings; Lear's Shadow; Live Love Acts; The Last Night of Don Juan; Hamlet: Carnal, Bloody, & Unnatural Acts; The Secret Life of UTD; A Surprise Party; Orpheus in Hollywood (live and video versions); The Comeback of Freddy Chickan; The Making of the American Entertainment Industry’s Tribute to Freddy Chickan; The Wanderings of Odysseus; ABEL & CAIN: A Biblical Debacle; THE SHOW: A Metatheatrical Hodgepodg; HEDDY & TEDDY: A Closet Drama; What Fools These Mortals Be; FAMILY VALUES: A Closet Drama; Sexual Mythology part 3: HEAVEN, part 2: PURGATORY, part 1: The UNDERWORLD; Inquest for Freddy Chickan; Project Job; A Christmas Carol; Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Fred Breaks Bread with the Dead; Incarnations; In Tents. . .; The Mental Traveller; The Singing Cock; All Hallows' Eve; Hamlet Kathakali, Shunkan, Ain't It the Truth?, Purgatory; Exorcise in Love and War. . ., The Dance of Life and Breath, Dream of Danang; Metaphysics in Mecklenberg Street.
  • Designed and developed theatre facility at the United Nations International School - including modular stage, acoustic curtains, seating, lighting system, scene shop. Helped write several successful grant proposals. 1974-1976.
  • Assisted in construction of 300-seat theatre, including stage, seating, lighting system at The Space for Innovative Development, New York. 1973-1974.
  • Assisted in the construction of an authentic Noh Stage at the Kita Noh Institute of America, Boston. 1972.
  • New York Shakespeare Festival Mobile Theatre. Tech crew, toured New York City parks. 1964.

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.

Funding

National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowship (1991-92)
code[2] - [2018–2018]