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Glenn W. Proud

Lecturer | Performance

Fine Arts Center, Room 06

B.S. Illinois State University in Normal
M.F.A. Directing, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Glenn Proud earned his M.F.A. from the Directing Program this past May. He is returning this year as Company Manager/Co-Instructor for Art, Legacy and Community's' Fall course Performance and Research, as well as assisting the production of Collidescope 2.0: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America in the Spring of 2016.

Before coming to UMass in 2012, Glenn spent ten years making theater in Chicago's vibrant non-equity theatre community. He was a founder and inaugural Artistic Director of LiveWire Chicago Theatre, a theater collective made up of artists from differing backgrounds and creative disciplines committed to producing new and original work. Glenn also found a creative home as an Artistic Ensemble Member at Piccolo Theatre of Evanston. Under the mentorship of Piccolo's Artistic Director John Szostek, Glenn developed his appreciation, interest, and love of physical storytelling and contemplative performance.

On stage Glenn has been seen at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Backstage Theatre, North Park University, Boxer Rebellion, Corn Productions, Borealis Theatre, Bailiwick Directors Festival, Ground Up Theatre, The Living Canvas, Piccolo Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, and Hampshire Shakespeare Company.

As a Stage Violence Choreographer, Glenn has staged physical violence for productions of: Jelly Belly (Overflow Theatre Ensemble), A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Slaughter City (Ground Up Theatre), Boy (Circle Theatre), Katzelmacher (The Side Project Theatre), The Love of the Nightingale (LiveWire Chicago Theatre), Violet and Dead Man's Cellphone (UMass Theater).

Directing Credits include: The Love of the Nightingale, Soldiers: The Desert Stand (LiveWire Chicago Theatre), Perseus and Medusa, Dastardly Doins At the Depot, Robin Hood (Piccolo Theatre Evanston), Chicago Academy of Performing Arts Student Playwright One-Acts, and The Liar, Popcorn, A New Brain, Dead Man?s Cellphone (UMass Theater).