Life’s a stage and a fulfilling career
Vincent Cardinal: Department Head, Department of Dramatic Arts and Artistic Director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Playwright and director Vincent J. Cardinal discovered his love of the theatre as a 14-year old when a theatre company was rehearsing “Godspell” in the sanctuary of the church where he attended catechism classes. He studied at the Yale School of Drama, where he took classes with renowned playwright Arthur Miller and George Roy Hill, who directed the films “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Sting.” Cardinal’s conversations with Jason Robards, Coleen Dewhurst, José Quintero, August Wilson, and Yale Dean Lloyd Richards formed the way he thinks about theatre and life as an artist.
Cardinal has written 23 plays and screenplays, and received the ASCAP-Cole Porter Award for Best-Collected Work from the Yale School of Drama. As CRT Artistic Director, he kicked off the latest season with the provoking “O Beautiful,” followed by “Intimate Apparel,” which was directed by UConn Professor Michael Bradford and explored the common thread of love and aspiration across racial, social, and cultural divides. Cardinal directed Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and to add a touch of levity to the season, he chose John Guare’s screwball comedy “His Girl Friday.” Cardinal then changes the mood with the dark drama “Punk Rock,” and closes out the season with nostalgia, hope and Tracy Turnblad in what he calls “the deliriously tuneful dance musical “Hairspray.”
Dr. Vincent Cardinal is Head of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts, Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theater (CRT), and a celebrated playwright.