Peter Harrigan Chair of Fine Arts, Professor of Fine Arts: Theater



MFA in directing, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
BA in drama and English, Saint Michael’s College, 1983

Areas of Expertise:

Theater directing and costume design

Courses I Teach:

  • Acting – 2 levels
  • Chief Patterns of Western Theatre II
  • Directed Studies – Costume Design, Costume Construction, Stage Management, Directing and Dramaturgy
  • Directing – 2 levels
  • First Year Seminar: Defining Self and Community (1996, 1997)
  • First Year Seminar: Peace and Justice (2001, 2002)
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Principles of Speech
  • Principles of Stage Costuming
  • Senior Seminar in Fine Arts
  • 20th Century Fine Arts


Research Interests:

Theater directing and costume design

Awards & Recognition

Recent work (scholarship and creative):

Playwrights Horizons, NYC: Fabulation (assistant to Lynn Nottage)

Actors Theatre of Louisville: Amadeus (assistant to Kate Whoriskey)


Directing (professional):

Saint Michael’s Playhouse: the Boys Next Door; Lend Me a Tenor; Grease; the Mystery of Irma Vep; the Fantasticks; Beau Jest; the Unexpected Guest; I Hate Hamlet.

Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.: Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (U. S. Premiere)


Directing (academic):

Saint Michael’s College, Fine Arts Department: Woyzeck (11/05); JB; Museum; And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Tartuffe; Top Girls; Hamlet; the Illusion*; Mad Forest; Company; Execution of Justice
*Alternate for American College Theatre Festival


Costume Design:

Over 50 productions in professional and academic venues. Some recent designs include Blithe Spirit, Once on this Island, the Bacchae, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Introduction to Performance (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing), currently in its third edition.


A Standing Offer:

I would be happy to give any prospective theater student a tour of the McCarthy Arts Center, have you sit in on my classes or rehearsals, see a show, and introduce you to Saint Michael’s College students who can answer your questions.


Favorite Quote:

“We become just by doing just actions, temperate by doing temperate actions, brave by doing brave actions.” – Aristotle