Willy Conley, MFA



  • MFA, Towson University

  • M.A., Boston University

  • B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology


Conley is an award-winning playwright who has published in American Theatre, The Deaf Way II Anthology,Deaf World, Stages of Transformation, Theatre For Young Audiences Today, The Tactile Mind, No Walls of Stone, and Deaf American Poetry. He has two books, Broken Spokes and the most recent one – Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays (http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/bookpage/VODCbookpage.html).


His plays have had professional productions nationwide and internationally, including the Kennedy Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, ARBOS, the Boston Playwrights Theatre, Centerstage, the National Theatre of the Deaf, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Amaryllis Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Omaha Diner Theatre, and off-off Broadway. He has garnered awards from the VSA arts 2000 Playwrights Discovery Competition, the Sam Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition, The American Deaf Drama Festival, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, the ‘97 and ‘99 NeWorks Festival in Boston, the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund, the Lamia Ink! International One-Page-Play Festival, a PEW/National Theatre Artist Residency grant, and the 2007-2008 Schaefer Professorship.


As an actor, Conley has performed with the National Theatre of the Deaf, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Amaryllis Theatre Company, Colonial Theatre, Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Westerly, Rhode Island, Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf, New York Deaf Theatre, Quest: Arts for Everyone, Sunshine Too, and CenterStage. He appeared in an episode (Silencer) of NBC's Law & Order: CI; other film/ TV appearances include: Wrong Game, Stille Liebe (Secret Love), and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.


He holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Photographic Communication from R.I.T., a certification as a Registered Biological Photographer (#319), an M.A. in Creative Writing/Playwriting from Boston University (where he studied with Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott), and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary/Intercultural Theatre from Towson University. He is an Associate Artist with Center Stage, an Affiliate Artist with Quest: Arts for Everyone, and an Associate member of The Dramatists Guild.


Upcoming: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Gallaudet University, Fall 2019 (director)

Website: http://www.willyconley.com


Dr. Juanita Cebe

Coordinator of Theatre Operations







Susan Gill-Doleac

Director of the Gallaudet Dance Company






Jacob Fisher

Technical Theatre Specialist









Ethan Sinnott, MFA

Associate Professor


  • MFA, Boston University

  • BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology


Sinnott is a Deaf, DC-based scene designer and theatre artist.


Scenic design credits - Mosaic Theatre Company: Hooded; Theatre Alliance: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enufWord Becomes Flesh (Helen Hayes Award winner, Outstanding Production of a Play); WSC Avant Bard: Visible Language; The Welders: Not Enuf Lifetimes; Rorschach Theatre: She Kills Monsters; Faction of Fools: Titus AndronicusA Commedia Christmas CarolHamlecchino; Constellation Theatre Company: Gilgamesh; Imagination Stage: Cinderella: The RemixP. Nokio: A Hip-Hop MusicalJunie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!MulanZomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation MythThe Jungle BookJunebug and the ReverendHip-Hop AnansiHuck Finn's Story; Gallaudet University: Doctor Faustus, Goya en la Quinta del Sordo; Signature Theatre: The Diaries; Washington Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labor’s Lost.  Gallaudet University (in capacities as director and scenic designer): Candide, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, LysistrataHamletL'Abbe de L'Epee: A SatireCorpus ChristiSpoon River AnthologyFencesThe OresteiaA Streetcar Named Desire


He recently played the title role in NextStop Theatre Company's Richard III


Specializations: Directing; Scene Design; Scenic Art; Directing; Dramaturgy and Theatre History; ASL Translation.

Upcoming: Native Son and Les Deux Noirs at Mosaic Theatre Company (scenic designer)

                 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Gallaudet University, Fall 2019 (scenic designer)

                 Measure for Measure at Gallaudet University, Spring 2020 (director and scenic designer)

Website: http://www.ethansinnott.com

Annie Wiegand, MFA

Assistant Professor


  • M.F.A., Boston University

  • B.A., Appalachian State University

Specializations: Lighting Design; Electrics; Costume Construction; Production Management