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Visual & Performing Arts

Kathleen Sills

Associate Professor and Chair

Visual and Performing Arts


Ph.D., Tufts University



Professional Experience

Dr. Kathleen Sills holds an undergraduate degree in theatre from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Tufts University. She is a founding member of the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and works in the Boston area as a freelance director and actor. At Merrimack College, Sills has directed many productions such as:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Laramie Project, Lysistrata, Lend Me a Tenor, Dracula, Urinetown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, True West, Tartuffe  and Creature.

Dr. Sills is an active respondent and serves as Chair of Directing Team for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival. Sills’ scholarship focuses on mid-twentieth century actor training and she is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov method. Sills is a company member of True Story Theatre, a playback theatre company based in Arlington, MA.




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