Since 2004 he has traveled to Shakespeare theaters coast to coast, interviewing over 60 artistic directors and directors about their working methods and productions. He has written articles for American Theatre on his work and just finished (November 2018) his second book, Directing Shakespeare in America: Historical Perspectives: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/directing-shakespeare-in-america-9781474289702/. The other book in the series is Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/directing-shakespeare-in-america-9781474239844. Both are published by Bloomsbury's Arden Shakespeare division.
He holds a PhD in Theatre from the University of Illinois and an MFA in Directing from Southern Methodist University where he spent an additional year’s training in their MFA acting program. He also has a BFA is from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to Texas State he was chair at the University of Idaho and taught at St. Edward’s University. He also heads a study abroad course, "Shakespeare in England", every summer featuring classes with RSC actors at the Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon Avon and with London theatre professionals at the Globe Theatre.
Charles "Chuck" Ney is Head of Directing in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State University . Past positions include artistic director at Idaho Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Clearing House, and Mary Moody Northen Theatre.
Chuck has directed at the Kennedy Center (Top Girls), Manhattan Theatre Club (Going After Cacciato), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (The Comedy of Errors), Texas Shakespeare Festival (Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, The Comedy of Errors), Idaho Repertory Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Booths and a Lincoln, Lost in Yonkers), Mary Moody Northen Theatre (Medea, Chicago, Fences, The Threepenny Opera, Playboy of the Western World), and Zach Theatre (On Golden Pond). His Texas State directing credits include A A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Going after Cacciato (world premiere of Romulus Linney’s adaptation of Tim O’Brien’s novel of the same title), A Little Night Music, Transposing Shakespeare, and Tongue of a Bird. Acting credits include Leonard in Seminar, Polonius in Hamlet, Henry Boyd in The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley (for which he was nominated outstanding lead actor – Austin Circle of Theatres) and Nonno in Night of the Iguana.
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