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Dexter Bullard

  • Head of Graduate Acting; Artistic Director, The Theatre School Showcase
  • MFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    BS Northwestern University
  • Performance
  • 773-325-7982
​Dexter Bullard (Head of Graduate Acting/Showcase Season Artistic Director) is an award-winning director dedicated to directing new plays and creating original improvisational and experimental theater for Chicago and beyond. Recent directing credits include Circle Mirror Transformation at Victory Gardens, Big Meal at American Theatre Company, Odradek at The HOUSE Theatre, Mistakes Were Made at Barrow Street Theater Off-Broadway and with A Red Orchid Theatre, The DIALogues at Links Hall and MCA, Reverie with Second City at The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Lady at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre Off-Broadway, and Gas for Less at the Goodman Theatre. In 2004, Dexter was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Tracy Letts' Bug at The Barrow Street Theater, as well as a Drama Desk Nomination. In 1995 Dexter co-founded Plasticene, a physical theater company whose critically-acclaimed experimental works have been featured at The Steppenwolf Studio, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Storefront Theatre, Performing Arts Chicago, MCA and in New York City. With the Plasticene company, he has directed and collaboratively created 14 original works over 15 years, including The Palmer Raids (2003) and From A Fading Light (2010). Since 1996, Dexter has also directed with The Second City, leading a National Touring Company and developing revues at E.T.C. and at Second City Detroit. Back in 1990, Dexter founded The Next Lab at The Next Theatre where he directed Bouncers, for which he received a Jefferson Citation and an After Dark award for his direction. As Associate Artistic Director at Next Theatre, he directed and/or created eight shows for mainstage and Lab as well as producing the world premiere of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe. He has also directed projects for Famous Door Theatre, Northlight, Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage Company, Links Hall and several times for A Red Orchid Theatre. He received a BS with three Departmental Excellence Awards in Theatre at Northwestern and then received his MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught acting, improvisation and physical theater nationally, including at University of Illinois-Chicago, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Second City Training Center, University of Miami Ohio, Wesleyan University, The Naropa Institute, New York Film Academy, Northwestern University, ATHE Conferences, Pfeiffer University, The Audition Studio and The Actors' Center.​​​​