Eastern Michigan University
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Wallace Bridges

Professor of Theatre Arts

Wallace Bridges 104 Quirk

734-487-6764

wbridges@emich.edu

Degrees

  • MFA - Theatre (Directing), Western Illinois University, 1992
  • BA - Speech/Drama, Teacher Certification, Cameron University, 1983

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Actors' Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 150 - Introduction to Theatre
  • CTAR 150 - Introduction to Theatre (online)
  • CTAR 151 - African American Theatre
  • CTAR 151 - African American Theatre (online)
  • CTAR 158 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • CTAR 155 - Producing Theatre
  • CTAR 355 - Play Direction

Advising

  • Theatre Arts, BA - major and minor

Biography

Professor Bridges has been teaching theatre at Eastern Michigan University since 1992. In addition to teaching and advising undergraduate students at EMU, he also directs having directed over 20 plays there. Some of his varied directing credits at EMU include The Good Person of Setzuan, Ain't Misbehavin', In the Blood, and Intimate Apparel. His professional directing credits include productions at the Lawton Community Theatre in Oklahoma, and the University of Michigan-Flint. He also directed the original Christian musical, Boulder Faith with the Tecumseh Players, Tecumseh, MI. Bridges co-wrote and co-directed an original play with music, Soaring on Black Wings, with EMU students, faculty and staff in collaboration with Tony and Emmy award-winner and television and film actor, Ben Vereen. Bridges has also acted professionally onstage at The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan and at the Black Rep in St. Louis, Missouri. He created the role of Lenny in the Purple Rose Theatre Company world premiere of Mitch Albom's play, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. Bridges has appeared in several feature films including Trust and Flipped. He stars in the independent film, Shooters: Get the Picture, and appeared in the HBO television series, Hung. Bridges founded the Idlewild Theatre Company in 2004, which has a mission to produce Afrocentric theatre in historic Idlewild, Michigan each summer.

The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344