Hugh M. Murphy

Hugh M. Murphy

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Teaching Philosophy

"The transformative power of the theatre has intrigued mankind for 5,000 years. It still holds that power today. Through the act of "becoming"—what we call acting—we explore our common humanity and begin to understand more about the things that unite us as human beings. I’m also interested in training artist-scholars: It's not enough to merely hone your art form. If you do not know its history and literature, you glimpse only a fraction of that which brings you passion. It's like seeing your beloved through a partially opened door."


Hugh M. Murphy was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He earned both BA and MA degrees in Theatre from Florida State University. While a graduate student, Hugh was appointed Adjunct Faculty at FSU’s London Study Centre, and was delighted to live, teach and work in London for two years. Following that, he attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a PhD in Theatre History and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Dissertation Research, which took him back to London for another year. He then worked at The Wexner Center for the Visual Arts and at the Greater Columbus Arts Council as Assistant Director, with the responsibility of dispensing $750,000 in city arts funding to Columbus-based arts organizations. That task made him a firm believer in “all the arts for all the people, all the time.” Hugh relocated to Florida in 1989 and worked at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, as a grants writer, and ended his long career as an arts administrator as Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Boca Raton. In 1994, he left the museum to return to his first love, the theatre, and has spent the last ten years as an actor and freelance director. As an actor, he has appeared in Equity Theatres in 11 states, and has directed in almost as many. He has been nominated for both Carbonell, Curtain Up and Handy awards, and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Hal Holbrook, Christine Lahti, and Matthew Modine. He is a member of both Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.

Selected Professional Activities:
2001-presentResident Director, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Coral Springs, Fl. Additionally, Assistant Artistic Director, C.A.S.T, (Clinton, IA) Shows directed include The Music Man, 1776, Ruthless, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, Barnum, California Suite, The Odd Couple, No Sex Please, We’re British! . As an actor Death of a Salesman with Hal Holbrook (Coconut Grove Playhouse, and National Tour) Val Skolsky (Laughter on the 23rd Floor) Saunders (Lend Me A Tenor!) and Sylvia St. Croix (Ruthless, Carbonell Nomination)
1998-2000Guest Director, Topeka Civic Theatre, Pit and Balcony Theatre (Saginaw, MI), TheatreWorks (Sarasota, FL), Plays directed include Noel and Gertie, Light Up The Sky, A Shayna Maidel, Cemetery Club. As an actor: Alan Turing (Breaking The Code), Howard (Whoopdeedoo) and Sir Percival Brown (The Boyfriend). Films The Pest (with John Leguizamo), Blackout (with Dennis Hopper); National commercials: Disney’s Tower of Terror, Hechinger DIY, WD-40. Member: Actors Equity Liaison Committee, Board of Directors, New River Repertory
1996-1998Plays directed: The Immigrant, Now Now, Darling! World premiere of Zombie Prom (later produced Off-Broadway. As an actor: Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol), Henry (The Fantasticks) Sterling (Jeffrey, Handy Award Nominee).

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