Jayme McGhan, MFA

Associate Professor of Theatre

Artistic Director of A.C.T.

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor McGhan, Artistic Director of ACT (Artists of Concordia Theatre), is a nationally recognized theatre artist who has taught at the university level for over a decade. Professor McGhan is a true theatre generalist and teaches in the areas of playwriting, acting, directing, script analysis, set design, lighting design, and stagecraft. He served as the Technical Director and Resident Designer at CUC from 2009-2014 before stepping in to his current role of Artistic Director. 

Professor McGhan is a celebrated playwright whose award-winning plays have been produced and developed all across the country at such theatres as The Kennedy Center, Irish Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Co., Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cockroach Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre, Hot City Theatre, and many more. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Associate Artist at Stage Left Theatre, a board member of Theatre Y, and the former Regional Representative of the Dramatists Guild to the Twin Cities.  His literary work is represented by Abrams Artists Agency, NYC.  Professor McGhan has previously taught at Ridgewater College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Dakota State University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

Professor McGhan is also the director of Decapolis Theatre Ministry at CUC and has a passion and heart for telling stories that glorify God and bring honesty, truth, and beauty to the Christian walk.  


  • MFA, Playwriting, University of Nevada; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • BA, Theatre Arts, emphasis in directing and acting, Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Marshall, Minn.

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • Stage Left Theatre announced the upcoming World Premiere of Professor McGhan's "The Fisherman," which is the third production of Stage Left’s 30th season. Press opening is Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., and the show runs through April 1.
  • The Sweet Stuff,” Taboo Theatre: Sex and Violence on Stage (John Wayne Shafer), 2009.
  • “The Fisherman,” A More Perfect Ten (Gary Garrison), 2009.
  • “The Rhythm of Blood,” The Hollow and Other Plays (M. Heather Carver and Kevin McFillen), 2008.
  • The Methuselah Tree, 2007.
  • Twin Cities columns, Dramatist Magazine, May 2007-June 2009.  

Awards and Honors:

  • Teaching Excellence, Ridgewater College, 2009.
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, Ridgewater College, 2008.
  • Excellence in Playwriting, American College Theatre Festival, 2008.
  • Excellence in Set Design, American College Theatre Festival, 2008.
  • Publication Award, American College Theatre Festival, 2005.
  • Short Play National Finalist, American College Theatre Festival, 2005.
  • Graduate Student of the Year Award, UNLV, 2006.  

Selected Grants:

  • Las Vegas Centennial Grant, 2006  

Media Interview:

  • “Drama Worth A Dam,” Las Vegas Weekly, April 2006.

For more information on Professor McGhan visit www.jaymemcghan.com


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