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Denise Hurd

Adjunct Faculty


Division of Humanities and the Arts


Theatre and Speech


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  • Profile

    Educational Philosophy

    Acting is a discipline, an art, a craft, and an intuitive creation. It is both hard and easy. However what is easy is the hardest part. At root, acting is the ability to let go of your judgmental self and to release the creative self, in other words, to recover that sense of play you had as a child. Above all, it is to have fun!! Theatre is both a craft and a profession. It is the most collaborative art form. It incorporates all the lively arts--it can challenge your intellect and unleash your imagination. As such, I believe that the more you know, the more you can do; and the more you learn, the better you can become at revealing truth in theatre or finding your own voice in any endeavor. I encourage acting students to explore history, and theatre literature students to explore theatricality in everyday life. Any art can help you expand your vision of the world, but the theatrical arts can help you create a forum to share that vision.

  • Education


    MA Hunter College
    BFA Yale University

  • Courses Taught

    Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Stage Combat, Acting for the Camera, and Theatre History 2

  • Publications

    The Monster Within; 19th Century Racial Constructs in the 24th Century Myths of Star Trek Journal of Popular Culture

  • Additional Information

    Other Training and Education

    NYU Acting Actor's Center  
    SAFD Certified Actor Combatant: certified Actor combatant in Broadsword, Rapier and Dagger and Unarmed; Recommended in Sword
    Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, Summer Acting Program
    NYU Graduate Acting in Speech, Suzuki Acting Training at Stagewest, Stage Combat, ACTS, Voice


    Recipient 1994-96 Humana Fellowship


    All My Children
    Guiding Light
    As the World Turns

    Henry V
    Twelfth Night
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Midsummer Night's Dream
    Constant Couple
    Way of the World

    Fight Choreographer

    Richard III
    A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
    The Owl and the Pussycat
    Mystery Plays
    On Our Way Out 
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