John O'Hagan

Associate Professor of Theatre
BFA, University of Idaho
MFA, University of Idaho

John O’Hagan has worked in professional and academic theatre for the past 20 years. He holds both a BFA and an MFA in Performance from the University of Idaho. In 1996, he joined Idaho Theatre for Youth in Boise, ID, as an actor on their Opening Windows tour, and shortly after, started teaching for the company’s Drama School program. Named Director of Education for the company in 1999, he was also asked to serve as Company Manager and worked to bring about a successful merger with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival where he remained as Director of Education until 2003. 

John has worked with numerous companies including two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew and On the Razzle.  John also toured with OSF, playing Hamlet, among other roles.

John taught theatre at the University of Wyoming for five years, and was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit Award for Teaching in 2010. The University named a service award in recognition of his contribution to the department. 

John has been recognized several times by Region VII of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival including Certificates of Merit for Directing for his productions of The Crucible, Six Songs from Ellis, and Twelfth Night. He also received a Certificate of Merit for his fight direction of Marat/Sade.  In 2010, Six Songs from Ellis, an original dance/theatre piece conceived and choreographed by Marsha Knight and co-directed by Knight. O’Hagan was selected as the first alternate to the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received an award for Distinguished Achievement in Directing from the KC/ACTF National Selection team.

O’Hagan’s acting credits include the one man show I Am My Own Wife, James in Time Stands Still, Harry in The Understudy, Fr. Flynn in Doubt, Hal inProof,the title role inMacbeth, Einstein in Picasso at Lapin Agile, and Jack Absolute in The Rivals.

Recent directing credits include:  Stones in His Pockets, Fuddy Meers, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Rent, Three Days of Rain and a 45-minute version of Romeo and Juliet that toured junior and senior highs schools in Wyoming.

John received a Mayor’s Award for Artistic Excellence in 2003 in Boise, Idaho, and an Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Idaho’s Academic Assistance program in 2005. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and a recommended Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.