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Associate Professor

Nyalls Hartman, an Associate Professor of Theatre is honored to join the faculty at UMBC. Teaching and directing for over 20 years, Nyalls is a committed educator and working professional whose academic and artistic interests include the experimental theatre, theatre of social conscience, solo performance, and farce.

Having taught extensively within the Theatre curriculum at several academic and pre-professional training programs, Nyalls is a compassionate, honest, and disciplined teacher. Acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2009, Nyalls focuses on connecting students to dramatic action and to an honest revealing of that action, once discovered.

An SDC Director, Nyalls was the Founding Artistic Director of The People's Repertory Theatre Company, a company dedicated to Theatre of Social Action. His production of Samuel Beckett's, Rough for the Theatre 1, was produced as part of An Evening of Samuel Beckett: Directors and Critics, at The National Symposium on Samuel Beckett held in Illinois. As Workshop Director/Dramaturge-in-Residence Nyalls was responsible for writing and staging the collaborative musical Voices with The New York Institute of Dance and The Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Recently, Nyalls' production of Noises Off received 13 awards for Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Nyalls' research on the changing elements of language, image, and performative techniques in alternative theatre performance, and his paper, "Social Conscience and the American Theatre" were presented as part of the Milton Center's National Panel Discussion on Responsibility and the Arts. An advocate of inter-disciplinary work in the arts, Nyalls served as Moderator for the National Symposiums, Dead Man Walking: Theatre, Social Change, Prison Ministry, and the Death Penalty; Staggering Toward America: We the People(s)... Defining a National Identity, and Live from the Front Lines: Is Anybody Listening? Nyalls paper, "Considerations in Presenting Mission-Centered International Arts Programming" was presented as part of the International Panel Symposium, In Conversation held at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, Ontario.

In addition to his academic and creative achievements, Nyalls maintains a National presence as a Certified Consultant-Evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission.

B.S. Theatre Arts - Directing, State University of New York, Oneonta
M.F.A. Directing, Illinois State University

Contact: nyalls@umbc.edu