- Carthage College
Professor Herschel Kruger joined the Carthage faculty in 2005 and served seven years as Chair of the Theatre Department. During his tenure as Chair, the department added majors in Performance, Technical Design and Production, Stage Management, an Interdisciplinary Music Theatre major, as well as a Dance minor. In 2012, he was named the Wisconsin State Chair of the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF). During the 2008-2009 school year, he established the New Play Initiative commissioning original works for the Carthage Theatre Program and he has directed three of the new plays from this series including NO NAME, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, GHOST BIKE, written by Laura Jacqmin (2013, five KC/ACTF national awards including; Distinguished New Play, Directing, Lighting Design, Sound Design, and Outstanding Scenic Design) and HONEST, written by Eric Simonson (2010, winner of four KC/ACTF national awards including Distinguished Curricular Development, Playwriting, and two Distinguished Performance awards).
Other directing credits at Carthage include SPRING AWAKENING, CABARET, INSPECTING CAROL, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, LYSISTRATA, MOON OVER BUFFALO, BLOOD BROTHERS, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, POSTMORTEM, INDEPENDENCE, and the entire OVER THE TAVERN trilogy including OVER THE TAVERN, KING O’ THE MOON, and LAST MASS AT ST. CASMIR’S.
Professor Kruger teaches both acting and directing classes, as well as a variety of other theatre classes. He has also led four separate J-Term trips to Greece, New York City (2), and Germany to study theatre. He has worked as an actor and director in New York, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Professor Kruger earned his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory’s two-year Professional Actors Training program in New York City, and holds a BA in Theatre Communications from Cardinal Stritch University.
Professor Kruger teaches both acting and directing classes, as well as a variety of other theatre classes. He has also led four separate J-Term trips to Greece, New York City (2), and Germany to study theatre.
Professor of Theatre
- M.F.A. — Acting, University of Illinois
- B.A. — Theatre Communications, Cardinal Stritch University
- THR 1110 Introduction to Acting
- THR 200T Topics: Acting and Directing One-Act Plays
- THR 3110 Acting II: Character and Scene Study
- THR 4550 Directing
- THR 4990 Senior Thesis Completion