Kathleen F. Conlin has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as professional stage director, casting director, associate artistic director, university administrator and award-winning professor. She served for twenty-two seasons as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival where she also directed Shakespearean and other classic plays, contemporary plays, and a musical. She served as the Roe Green Guest Director for Kent State University with a production of You Can’t Take It With You. She was guest director for Illinois Opera in productions at the Krannert Center of Verdi’s Falstaff, Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Mozart’s. For Illinois Theatre, she staged a critically acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing which featured professional faculty, guest designers, and advanced students. She re-staged a production of McCraney’s The Brothers Size featuring Illinois alums in a project which launched their Definition Theatre, a multi-ethnic professional theatre in Chicago. In her wide-ranging career, she has written a critically acclaimed video, Performing Shakespeare; served as President of both the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Theatre Conference; and won faculty awards at the University of Texas at Austin (teaching) and Cal State-Long Beach (meritorious service including teaching). She served as Board Member of the University/Resident Theatre Association and the Council of Fine Art Deans. At the University of Illinois, she served as both Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Barnard Hewitt Professor of Theatre/Director in Residence. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, she has been installed as a Fellow of the American Theatre. Combining work both in the professional theatre and in the academy, she has directed at Shakespeare festivals, Colony Theatre in LA, Peterborough Players, Michigan Repertory, Clarence Brown Theatre, Theatre South Carolina, and others. She has completed consultancies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida State University/Asolo Theatre among others including service as co-chair with Paula Wagner (of Wagner/Cruise Productions) of the President’s Advisory Committee for the Department of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Ohio, Conlin has also served as Director of Theatre at Ohio University and Chair of Theatre at Ohio State University. She was most recently the Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor and Department Chair at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In Fall 2019, she directed Arthur Miller’s The Price for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In 2020, she will deliver the Roger Stevens Address for the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.