Meet our Faculty
Theatre Program Director and Associate Professor of Playwriting, Dramatic Literature and Theatre History
Hank Willenbrink is a scholar/artist who joined the faculty at The University of Scranton in 2009 and was appointed Theatre Program Director in 2014. Hank’s areas of research interest are religious performance, performance studies, contemporary theatre, and musical performance. His essays have been published in Ecumenica, Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Forum, Response, and online at HowlRound and The Lark. Hank is currently working on a book for Routledge.
Hank’s play The Boat in the Tiger Suit premiered at The Brick (NYC) in 2014 and was subsequently published by Original Works Publishing. Most recently, his play Ambos was read at Comparative Drama Conference (2022). Hank’s work has been developed internationally at Sala Beckett (Barcelona), WordBRIDGE, and World Interplay International Festival of Young Playwrights (Townsville, Australia). Hank’s play 18 won the John Cauble Award for Best Short Play from KCACTF. His monologues have been featured in Monologues for Men by Men, More Monologues for Men by Men, and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2014.
Hank holds degrees from The University of Tulsa and the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can read more about his work at www.hankwillenbrink.com.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Drama, Theatre History I, Theatre History II, Playwriting I, Solo Performance, American Drama 1914-1968, American Drama 1968-2022, Continental European Drama 1880-1960, Ecotheatre, First Year Seminars.
Since his arrival at the University of Scranton in 1993, Rich has designed over 90 productions with the University Players, often times doing double duty as scenic and lighting designer and sprinkling a handful of costume and sound designs in for good measure. His scenic and lighting design work has also been featured at the Scranton Cultural Center for the commercial premiere of Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf and as the former resident lighting designer for the Scranton Civic Ballet. Rich’s work has also been seen at Oklahoma State University, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, The University of Northern Colorado, and Manhattanville College. Rich also serves as the technical director for the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble for their annual Christmas production of A Dancer’s Christmas at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in NYC. Rich earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Design and Technology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.
Courses taught: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Design for Theatre, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Scene Painting, Production Lab, First Year Seminar: Round Corners/Visual and Literary Enigmata, and Physics of Theatre.
Associate Professor of Acting
Directing/Choreography: NYC; Hey God?, Just Feet From Broadway. Regional: Drowsy Chaperone, Sugar, Anything Goes, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Good Man Charlie Brown, Annie Get Your Gun others. University Players: From Shakespeare to Steve Martin. Performer: Broadway; Meet Me in St. Louis, Starlight Express. Nationally; Cats, Sayonara, Fame, Guys and Dolls. Regionally: Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Studio Arena, Theatre Virginia, Geva Theatre, and countless others. Pgh and NJ Symphonies, Woody Allan’s Everyone Says I Love You. Teaching: Lee Strasburg Theater and Film Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, MSU, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and its School of Music. BFA, MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. SDC, SAG-AFTRA, AEA.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Acting, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Directing I, Directing II, Stage Combat, Voice and Speech, Musical Theatre Performance.