A Life in the Theatre
W. Stuart McDowell is an award winning playwright, director and scholar. He was a two-year Fulbright Scholar, as well as a DeWitt Wallace Fellow, for residencies in Berlin, where he focused on Bertolt Brecht’s work. Stuart served as Chair of the Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures from 1994-2016, after working in professional theatre in New York and California for two decades as actor, composer, director, translator and artistic director. Stuart and his wife, Gloria Skurski co-founded the Riverside Shakespeare Company of New York City, Where they mounted dramas and benefits, including the first New York City stage production featuring Tom Hanks in 1979.