Paul Hurley recently joined the School of Theatre and Dance and teaches acting and movement. He earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program and his BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has also trained extensively in the Meisner Technique (with the True Acting Institute) and in the Michael Chekhov Technique (with the National Michael Chekhov Association).
Paul has worked as a professional actor for the past 20 years. He has performed leading roles at theatres throughout the country, including the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New York Classical Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Delaware Theatre Company, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Resident Ensemble Players, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Door Shakespeare, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Children’s Theatre Company, and he was a member of the company for seven seasons with the American Players Theatre. Favorite roles include, Angels in America (Louis), The Cure at Troy (Neoptolemus),The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), The Circle (Arnold), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus), Constellations (Roland), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), and The Importance of Being Earnest (John Worthing.)
Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State, Paul was an Assistant Professor of Acting at the University of South Alabama, where he also directed productions of When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? and Our Town.