Associate Professor of Theatre
Harold Hynick is the 2016 recipient of Missouri Valley College's John McCallum, Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Central College, and an M.F.A. in Directing from University of South Dakota, he has also studied Improvisation at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. He has served as Theatre Department Coordinator at Midland Lutheran college, Director of Theatre at Dakota Wesleyan University and Chadron State College, acting Managing Producer at The University of South Dakota, and as a Visiting Artist in Residence at Drake University.
Hynick is actively involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has served on the Region VI Regional Committee as the Missouri State Chair, and as the Coordinator of the LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Initiative and Coordinator of the O'Neill Critic's Institute. He has been a respondent in regions V and VI since 1997 and has served Region V as a workshop presenter, an Irene Ryan judge, a member of the Regional Selection Committee, and as Coordinator and Host for The Showcase of Invited Scenes. In 2009 he performed in a reading of the National Science Award winning play The Atlas of Mud at the regional festival. His production of The Tempest received a Meritorious Achievement Award, and a scene from his production of Endgame performed in the Showcase of Invited Scenes.
As a member of the Educational Theatre Association he has been involved with the International Thespian Society, having presented workshops at the Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota State Festivals in addition to serving as a guest artist at the International Thespian Festival.
He is proud of his work with the Texas Playwright's Festival, the New England Festival of New Works, and most recently the Great Plains Theatre Conference where he had the opportunity to participate in workshops and presentations by Edward Albee, Arthur Kopit, Emily Mann, Romulus Linney, and Mac Wellman.
Mr. Hynick's writing includes a 30-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth that premiered in 2007. His radio adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was broadcast live on KHUB in Fremont, NE, and his devised production of My Servant Abraham was performed at the annual conference of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties. Other devised projects include: April 11th 1954, That's Not Fair, and Dr. Finkelstein's Fabulous Fable Factory. Each December, he performs his one-man play, A Christmas Carol: A One Man Show, on the Missouri Valley campus.
Hynick's professional credits include involvement in over 100 productions including work with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Missouri, Stages Repertory Theatre and The Ensemble in Houston, The Strand Street Theatre in Galveston, The Penobscot Theatre Company and Maine State Music Theatre in Maine and The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival and The Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota.
Hynick's teaching/research interests include directing, acting, improvisation, playwriting, theatre and social change, and creativity. He can't thank his brilliant wife enough for her continued inspiration.