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Dale McFadden

Dale McFadden

Professor of Acting and Directing
Associate Chair
Director of Undergraduate Studies

M.F.A. in Directing, Goodman School of Drama, 1977
B.A. Temple University, 1974
Appointed to IU in 1985


Dale McFadden has been a faculty member at Indiana University since 1985. He serves as Associate Chair in the Department of Theatre and Drama, where he also heads the M.F.A. acting and directing programs. Dale supplemented his theatrical training with attendance at University of London and Trinity College in Dublin before going on to direct professionally in Chicago. He has worked at the Goodman Studio, Steppenwolf, The Theatre Building, The Raven Theatre, Renaissance Rep, Chicago Dramatists, and was Artistic Director at The Body Politic. His Chicago production of The King's Clown won several Joseph Jefferson Award citations.

Dale's directing interests include classical works, modern drama, and new plays. Some favorite credits include Table 17 and Tweaked at NYC’s 78th Street Theatre; High Holidays at Chicago’s Victory Gardens; and This, Mauritius, Stuff Happens, Fat Pig, and A Number at the Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis.

For IU Theatre he recently directed Marat/Sade, Dead Man Walking, and Macbeth as well as Ah, Wilderness! for the Indiana Festival Theatre.  He frequently directed at Brown County Playhouse and Crossroads Repertory Theatre, where he recently staged the Midwest premiere of Terre Haute (also presented at IRT).

 You can hear Dale's work on NPR, where he directed the radio drama Earplay, or watch his video, The Directing Process, which is in its twelfth year of distribution by Insight Media New York.

Dale has taught all levels of acting and directing at Indiana University, and in 2001 Dale participated in the International Conference on Actor Training in Paris. He has also been a frequent directorat the New Play Development Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.