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Dale Daigle

Associate Professor of Drama Director, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts
Education
  • B.A., University of Maine at Orono, 1977
  • M.F.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1989

Biographic Note

Professor Daigle has taught at  Washington College since 1990. He is currently Director of the Gibson Center for the Arts. His regular Washington College courses include all levels of acting and directing but he has taught 18 different courses here including courses in computer-aided design, lighting design,  traditional Japanese theater and theatre management.  

In the fall he will be teaching a new course titled,  Devised Theatre: Performing Environment with Professor Martin Connaughton from Biology. The course is cross-listed in Environmental Studies and is part of the Sandbox project that is being sponsored by a Mellon grant.

Daigle has directed over 30 productions at Washington College. His focus in recent years has been on new plays and he has directed 8 world premiers here at the College. Several of those plays have gone on to subsequent productions at professional theatres including most recently, All Blues by Robert Earl Price that was produced in collaboration with 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011; The Squeaky Wheel Squeaks, by Brian Shaughnessy, performed in Washington D.C., Boulder, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Honolulu during the summer of 2010 and We, Tiresias by Steven Spotswood.. A subsequent production, produced by Forum Theatre and directed by Matt Ripa, was  named “Best Drama” at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and  “Best Local Play” by the Washington City Paper in D.C,. Other productions directed by Professor Daigle that were not affiliated with Washington College have been seen in Maine, Hawaii, Scotland, Kyoto, Samoa, Denver, Los Angeles, and D.C. as well as the more exotic locales of Chestertown and Church Hill.

 

 (link to vita)

Research Interests

Acting, Directing, Japanese traditional theatre.

As a research fellow at the Kyoto Arts Center he performed the kabuki role of Tandanyu at the imperial palace in Kyoto. He has studied for a year with Nomura Shiro and Nomura Mansaku, two of Japan’s “Living National Treasures” in the traditional forms of Noh and Kyogen. His translation, with Junko Sakaba, of Buaku was the first English language Kyogen play performed at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo. His main focus in the last several years has been on new plays (he has directed 5 premiers). View Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Plays Directed At WC

Under Milk Wood, Shrew, Drinking In America, Waiting for Godot, Angels in America, My Children! My Africa, Hamlet, Pounding Nails… All in the Timing, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, Too Much Light… Lebensraum, Molly Sweeney, Buaku, The Cripple of Innishman, The Laramie Project, Extreme Exposure, Duchamp Sat Here, Twelfth Night, My Name is Rachel Corrie, Zoo Story, We Tiresias, Monologues From the Edge, Golden Sardine, Death and the Maiden, All Blues, War Stories, Clybourne Park.

Courses Taught At WC

  • DR 211 - Acting I
  • DR 311 - Performing Shakespeare
  • DR 231 - Theatre Technology
  • DR 331 - Lighting Design
  • DR 221 - Directing
  • DR 306 - Contemporary Theatre
  • DR 394 - Special Topics: Improvisation
  • DR 404 - Computer-Aided Design
  • DR 404 - Special Topics: Traditional Japanese Theatre
  • DR 404 - Theatre Management
  • DR 404 - Special Topics: Problems in Technical Theatre
  • DR 494 - Theories of Acting
  • CNW 101 - Theatre in Performance
  • CNW 202 - Bunraku and Bowie, Kabuki and Kiss: Traditional Asian Performing Arts and Contemporary Western Culture