Theatre

Paul J. Gaffney, Ph.D.

Paul J. Gaffney

Dean of the Sarofim School
Professor of Theatre

Dean Gaffney is responsible for oversight of the academic, financial, production and exhibition programs at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Prior to arriving at Southwestern in July 2003, Gaffney served for 16 years as Professor of Theater at Dartmouth College.

Previous teaching assignments include the University of Texas–Austin, the University of Tennessee–Chattanooga and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

His area of specialty within the theatre field is directing; in addition to many college and university directing assignments, he has directed at a wide range of other theaters, including the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and the California Theatre Center.

He also has directed bilingual and Spanish productions in California and San Jose, Costa Rica; and he has an interest in contemporary Irish theatre.

  • PhD, The University of Kansas
  • MA, Indiana University
  • BS, Clarion University of Pennsylvania