Professor of Fine Arts: Theatre

Catherine Hurst, MFA

Professor of Fine Arts: Theatre

M.F.A. in Acting, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
B.A. in Theatre, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise:

Acting, directing, musical theatre

Courses I Teach:

  • Acting for the Camera
  • Acting Techniques
  • Directing
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Senior Seminar in Theatre
  • Singing for the Actor


"Acting in Person and in Style", 5th edition

Playwright and Director,

"Cirque du Souffle,” a comedy about the restaurant business.  Premiered at Saint Michael's Playhouse (Equity) in 2000.

Director and playwright,

"APPetite" an original devised play about our obsession with social media.  This is being developed with the cast in fall 2011 and spring 2012.


OperaWorks in Los Angeles, The Company of Fools in Sun Valley, New West Theatre in Las Vegas

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Regional Award "Best Directing" for the Saint Michael's College productions of "Cat's Paw", "The Heiress" and "The Art of Dining".

Award for Excellence as a Producer, "Always Patsy Cline" at Saint Michael's Playhouse (Equity) at the Burlington Bessie Awards

Nominated for the Stephen Sondheim Outstanding Teacher Award (national).

Cathy Hurst, professor, and John Paul Devlin, associate professor of fine arts/theatre, accompanied 18 Saint Michael's College students to the regional Kennedy Center American Theater Festival in Hyannis, MA, Jan. 26 - Feb.1, with students competing and submitting work in a wide variety of categories, from partner scene-acting to stage management, directing and musical theatre; one student also was administration intern for the festival. Cathy received awards for excellence in directing the acting ensemble for Saint Michael’s productions of Proof and Godspell; she also took home the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion Award for “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre” -- the most prestigious award given by KCACTF among the top theatre-education honors.  She is Immediate Past Chair of KCACTF, Region 1. John is one of two first-year regional co-chairs for the event and weather made this festival a “baptism by blizzard.”  Eleven hundred students and faculty were pre-registered with most scheduled to arrive on Tuesday--the day of the 24-hour travel ban/blizzard in Massachusetts.  John and Paul led the 20-member regional board in reconfiguring the festival schedule to accommodate all the late arrivals without depriving them of opportunities to audition or display their work.  They also coordinated the relocation of four of the six productions invited to the festival when the venues intended for them were closed due to snow.  In a testament to regional resilience, only 38 registrants cancelled.
(posted April 2015)

Fine Arts/Theatre Professor Cathy Hurst and Associate Professor John Paul Devlin accompanied 18 students to the regional Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Hyannis, MA during the week of January 29 - February 2. Marla Caram '13, Dustin Kenyon '15, Zachary Pesner '15 and Michelle Kazanowski '15 competed with their scene partnersm Richard Bernache '16, Ben Lane '16, Jill Holland '15 and Evyn Whiteley '15, in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition. Alan Hefferon '14 submitted his video projection design from the college production of APPetite for award consideration, Julia Grace Scanlon '15 submitted her stage management book for APPetite and advanced to the final round of competition. Shannon Carroll '15 served as an Arts Administration Intern for the festival. Ashley James '15 was cast in a role in an original 10-minute play which was presented at the festival, and Cathy Hurst and Kit Rivers '14 received awards for excellence in Co-Directing APPetite at Saint Michael's. There were 1100 student, faculty and local participants at the festival. Cathy Hurst is Co-Chair of KCACTF of Region I (New England and eastern New York) and John Paul Devlin is Co-Vice Chair of the region. Both coordinated planning for festival transportation, booking venues, scheduling programming and accommodating visiting professionals from across the country who participated in the festival as respondents to student work.

Catherine Hurst, professor of fine arts/theater, is an executive producer on the film "February,” which is currently in pre-production in New York through Scabland Productions. "February" was written by Jessi Shuttleworth (Saint Michael's College Theatre major '06), who is the CEO and President of Scabland Productions. Actors in the cast include Ethan Phillips, Phyllis Somerville and Cristen Hemingway Jaynes (great granddaughter of Earnest Hemingway).