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

Fred Curchack to perform Through Roses at the University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at Dallas genius-in-residence Fred Curchack will be featured in an exciting-sounding show at the school at 8 p.m. on March 30. Through Roses is a music drama for actor and eight instruments by composer Mark Neikrug. (We used to hear more about the composer years ago when his frequent duet partner Pinchas Zukerman was principal guest conductor at the Dallas Symphony.) Through Roses is about a violinist who survived the Holocaust. The former concertmaster and founder of the splendiferous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Guillermo Figueroa, will conduct the performers, many of whom are prominent DSO members. Horn player Gregory Hustis will also perform Simon Sargon’s The Weeping Shofar and the Clavier Trio will play Aaron Copland’s Vitebsk. Pretty much anything Curchack does is worth watching. He projects a kind of hypnotic power — and this is a rare opportunity to see him performing something he didn’t write himself. Call 972-883-2552 or click here for tickets.
Drama Professor Fred Curchack Reigns on Stage as King Lear
UT Dallas drama professor Fred Curchack is starring in the titular role of Shakespeare Dallas’ production of “King Lear” alongside teaching courses on performing the English playwright’s works.
Curchack knows the play inside and out. Having already experienced it in every medium, Curchack has taught the subject matter to undergraduate and graduate students, and he also wrote and produced a two-person play based on the work, “Lear’s Shadow,” in 2000.  But this will be his first time acting in the original play.
Drama Professor Turns Inspiring Trip to Spanish Palace into New Play
Last May, drama professor Fred Curchack embarked on a dream vacation through Spain with his wife and two friends. When they visited a beautiful palace, inspiration struck the internationally acclaimed actor and playwright. 

The building — The Alhambra — is a massive Moorish fortress sitting atop a hill in the south of Spain that gave Curchack the setting for his new play, which will make its premiere Thursday at University Theatre.
“I had never considered writing a play about Spain, but when we finally visited this sublime palace, I was hit with a lightning bolt,” Curchack said. 


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