Gerardine M. Clark
Professor of Drama
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Meredith Professor of Excellence
Professor Clark has served for thirty years as a faculty member in the Department of Drama. She has recently been named to the Celia and Issac Hieman Chair.
In 2004 she was named Syracuse University Scholar/Teacher of the Year, and in 1998 was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Excellence in Teaching. She has a B.A. from Missouri University, an M.A. from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1977. She has been a professional actor, director, and playwright for over thirty years, and was a founding member of the Indiana Repertory Theatre where she acted, directed, taught, and served as director of educational programs over a four year tenure.
Her areas of expertise include acting, directing, dramatic literature, play analysis, and playwriting; her scholarly publications include Contesting the Boundaries of Liberal and Professional Education, Practical Poetics, and Unnatural Acts; she hopes to release her volume, The Structural Function of the Supernatural in Shakespeare’s Plays soon through Kindle. Original plays, adaptations, and translations include The Final Adventures of Don Juan, The Quack (The Doctor in Spite of Himself), A Christmas Carol, and The Wind in the Willows (book and lyrics). The last of these was commissioned by Syracuse Stage. She directed that production and subsequent productions at the New Victory Theatre in New York City; the play has also received multiple other professional productions.
She recently completed a new play about the new phenomenon of second lives with the working title of The Last Meeting of the First Fifty Club. It received a staged reading from the Armory Square Players. She is presently working on a children’s book, Betsy McGee Forester Day Has a Secret and has begun writing a mystery.
Among her many directing credits are Hamlet, West Side Story, The Threepenny Opera, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Arcadia, and The Sea Gull, which won the American College Theatre Festival Award and was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with Vera Farmiga (recently nominated for an Oscar) playing Nina. Next year she will direct Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard for the S.U. Drama season. A movie she has helped produce, If You Could Say It in Words, premiered in Philadelphia in fall 2007. After participating in the international round of film festivals it has secured a distribution contract in DVD.
Professor Clark has held an Eli Lilly Post-Doctoral Fellowship, was for five years an Andrew Mellon Fellow and was for many years a Gateway Fellow. She has also served as an on-site auditor for the National Endowment to the Arts. Among her former students are Aaron Sorkin, Evan Weinstein, Taye Diggs, Vanessa Williams, Tom Everett Scott, Kristin Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ignaciao Serricchio and Paul James.