Michael McCandless, MA

Michael McCandless, MA

Michael J. McCandless

402-280-2498
mjmcc@creighton.edu

Biography

Michael is a Creighton alumnus (BA, 1978) who has taught theatre courses at the University since 1989. While working on his Master of Arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he received special recognition for his thesis: The Last Dress Rehearsal:  A Critical Study of the Production and Censorship of the Federal Theatre Projects, Ethiopia (1935). As actor, his extensive stage credits include numerous productions at the Omaha Community Playhouse for which he was recognized for the roles of Willie Conklin, Ragtime, Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) Ensemble Award; Freddie, Noises Off; Serge, Art (Both received the Barbara Ford Award for Supporting Actor), and Sir Edward Clarke, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, TAG award for Best Supporting Actor. Other professional acting credits include tour and residency with the Boston Shakespeare Company where he played a variety of roles, including Ariel, The Tempest, and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, where he performed in Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical), Julius Caesar, and Titus Andronicus. In addition to acting and teaching, Michael has directed numerous productions at Creighton and throughout the Omaha area, receiving a special commendation for his direction of Creighton's production of, Hotel Paradiso, from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). He has also written several plays; among them, Cursing Mummies, which has been staged nationally, and, Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove, which received special commendations from KCACTF and the Disabled American Veterans, and nominations for Best Play by TAG and the Omaha Entertainment Awards (OEA).