Brad Dell

Chair, Department of Music and Theatre
Brad Dell - Chair, Department of Music and Theatre

Brad Dell (he/him/his) is Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre and a Full Professor at ISU, where he teaches classes in directing and performing arts. He is the National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the immediate past Chair of KCACTF Region 5. He is the recipient of the Broadway World Des Moines Art Educator of the Decade Award, the 2019 Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award from the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 2017 Faculty and Staff Inspiration Award from the ISU Alumni Association, the 2017 Catch Des Moines Champion Award from the Des Moines Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the 2012 “Local Treasure” award from the Ames, IA Community Arts Council. Brad is also the former Artistic Director of Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont, PA, Repertory Theater of Iowa, and Iowa Stage Theater Company. He has directly approximately 100 plays and musicals at theatres and universities around the country. Some of his recent directing highlights include Street Scene, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Godspell, Macbeth, Oklahoma!, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Our Town, The Children's Hour, Romeo and Juliet, Company, Cabaret, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Next to Normal, Fiddler on the Roof, and Rent. Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Western Illinois University.

Show Credits 

  • Producing Facilitator, One-Act Play Festival, 2022
  • Co-Director, Street Scene, 2021
  • Director, Songs for a New World, 2021
  • Cast, Our Community Carol: A Blue Print for a Play, 2020
  • Director, Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure, 2019
  • Director, Godspell, 2019
  • Director, Orpheus in the Underworld, 2018
  • Director, Oklahoma!, 2018
  • Director, The Children's Hour, 2017
  • Director, Little Women, 2017
  • Director, Cabaret, 2016
  • Associate Producer, The Magic Flute,2015
  • Director, Les Misérables, 2015
  • Cast, 100th Anniversary Gala Performance, 2014
  • Director, Crimes of the Heart, 2014
  • Director, Into the Woods, 2014
  • Director, Romeo and Juliet, 2013
  • Director, Fiddler on the Roof, 2013
  • Director, Candide, 2012
  • Box Office Supervisor, Chekhov Short Stories, 2012
  • Box Office Supervisor, Rent, 2012
  • Director, Rent, 2012
  • Box Office Supervisor, To Kill a Mockingbird, 2012
  • Director, Hedda Gabler, 2011
  • Box Office Supervisor, Hedda Gabler, 2011
  • Director, Kiss Me, Kate, 2011
  • Director, Orpheus Descending, 2011
  • Box Office Supervisor, Love's Labor's Lost, 2011
  • Box Office Supervisor, A Christmas Carol, 2011
  • Director, Guys and Dolls, 2010
  • Advisor, Guys and Dolls, 2010
  • Director, Sweeney Todd, 2009
  • Director, The History Boys, 2009
  • Director, Gypsy, 2009
  • Scenic Artist, Gypsy, 2009
  • Advisor, Gypsy, 2009
  • Director, Fifth of July, 2008
  • Director, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 2008
  • Director, Three Sisters, 2007
  • Director, The Music Man, 2007
  • Director, The Marriage of Figaro, 2006
  • Director, My Fair Lady, 2006
  • Cast, Fred, A Christmas Carol, 2005
M.F.A. in Directing, Western Illinois University
B.A. in Theatre, Westminster College
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