Ph.D., Northwestern University (1985)
M.A., University of Pittsburgh (1975)
B.A., Washington and Jefferson College (1973)
Kurt Blaugher taught for two years at Westmar College in Iowa before coming to Mount St. Mary's in 1987. As Director of Theatre here, Kurt has produced over fifty Mainstage Productions, ranging from Antigone to The Laramie Project, covering the wide range of international theatre. His productions have been cited by the American College Theatre Festival, including a "Certificate of Merit" for his production of Much Ado About Nothing. His professional theatre work includes performances with the Gettysburg College Theatre Festival and the Millbrook Playhouse in Lock Haven, PA, as well as various television, radio, and print commercial campaigns in Chicago and Toledo, Ohio. He has also dabbled in playwriting, and his internet-based play, Blogosphere Theatre II: The Gleequel, which premiered at the Mount in 2010, was performed in 2011 at American University.
At Mount St. Mary's, Kurt has served on nearly every major committee, as Chair of the Faculty, as the faculty advisor for Alpha Psi Omega (the national dramatic honorary fraternity) and three terms as Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Outside of the Mount, Kurt has held leadership positions in many professional associations, including chairing the Theatre as a Liberal Art focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and serving as a mentor for their Leadership Institute.
Areas of Study
Acting, Directing, Teaching Theatre as a Liberal Art, American amateur/community theatre
"Stirring Hearts and Minds," Chapter Four in Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Edited by Vicki Scheiber, Trudy D. Conway, and David Matzko McCarthy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.
Performances of Artistic Work at Other Institutions
Blogosphere Theatre II: The Gleequel. American University, March 1, 2011
Performances of Artistic Work on Campus
Blogosphere Theatre II: The Gleequel. Mount St. Mary's, April 15-17, 2010
Blogosphere Theatre. Mount St. Mary's University, Nov. 19-21, 2009
Recent Mount St. Mary's Mainstage productions, as Director:
Clybourne Park, Norris 2013
The Eumenides, Aeschylus 2013
The Exonerated, Blank and Jensen 2012
Don Juan, Moliere/Wilbur 2012
Urinetown,The Musical, Hollman/Kotis 2011
Fuddy Meers, Lindsay-Abaire 2011
Electra, Sophocles 2010