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Carrie Ann Quinn, MFA


MFA, Theatre Education, Boston University

BFA, Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

  • NYU Founders Day Scholar - Double major BFA Drama and  BA Politics, Minor in Women's Studies

Current Position:

Professor, Theatre Arts

Chair, Performing Arts Department

University of Massachusetts, Boston


Actors' Equity Association 


Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


Boston, Massachusetts & New York, New York

Carrie Ann Quinn is an award-winning actor, director, producer/writer and Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has dual residencies in NYC and Boston. As a playwright and producer, she has developed numerous plays and scripts based on historical research, with emphasis in feminist history and untold stories of real women. She has received two Healey Grants, a Boston Playwrights’ Blackbox Fellowship, a KoFest Guest Artist Residency and Coyote Arts Festival Residency; A co-founder of the international theatre co, Escape Artists, Quinn co-wrote, dramaturged, produced and performed in the world premiere of POSSESSIONS, a play based on the 17th c Mancini Sisters, which premiered internationally in Sydney, Australia (US premiere at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) which received rave reviews in the Sydney papers. ( The play is currently being adapted into a pilot and television series. Quinn's latest script project, WILD WOMEN, is based on true women from the wild west during the gold rush, which is currently being developed in a series of workshops and readings in Boston and Sydney, Australia.


NYC theatre credits (director and actor): The Tank; Clurman Theatre; Sam French Off-Broadway Play Festival, CSV Flamboyan; New Ohio Theatre; Strasberg Theatre, Atelier 86. Regional theatre credits (director and actor) American Repertory Theater; King Street Theatre (AUS), Gloucester Stage; Huntington BU Theatre, Studio 210; Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Chicago Chopin Theatre; The Warehouse Theatre; Center Stage SC; Los Angeles: Whitmore-Lindley Theatre; Theatre Unlimited; Celebration Theatre. 


TV/Film credits (actor): Julia (HBO TV series), Defending Jacob (AppleTV series), Chet Smith: Eye on That Sun (TV pilot), Fame LA, (TV series) and feature films including: Chappaquiddick, The Sympathy Card, The Fighter, Company Men, Standing By, and numerous other independent films. Commercials include Samsung and CVS.


TV and Film (Producer and director): Quinn has produced a number of short films, and recently directed her first short film, the multi award-winning Launch at Paradise (2022) which has premiered in over 30 International Film Festivals in NYC, Los Angeles, Italy and Korea, winning1 1 awards for Best Short or Best Sci-Fi in the 2022-23 festival circuit so far. Quinn also directed her first podcast - a fiction narrative pilot. (


Quinn has directed dozens of college theatre productions of new plays, musicals, classics, and original works for 16 years at various American universities. As an educator and researcher, Quinn presents A Method for a New Millennium Acting Technique throughout the US and internationally in Europe and Australia, most recently at IUGTE in Liebnitz, Austria and University Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. In 2019 and 2017 she received the Kennedy Center & National Partners of American Theatre (NAPAT) Classical Acting Mentor Award (Northeast Region) presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Three of her UMB acting students won the National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Awards for the Northeast Region for three of the last five years (2022, 2018, & 2017) the highest honor in the student acting awards from the Kennedy Center; In addition, in  2019 and 2017 two of her UMB acting students won the Best Classical Acting Scene Award. Previously she taught at Clemson University and Boston University. Education: MFA, Theatre Ed in Acting & Teaching Fellowship, Boston University School of Theatre; BFA, Drama (Honors) – New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Founder's Day Scholar & Paulette Goddard Scholar, double-major Politics and minor, Women's Studies. Member, AEA, SAG, SDC.

CV resumes

Acting Resume

IMDb page

Possessions Trailer (written by Jane Bergeron & Carrie Ann Quinn)

Directing Resume
(available upon request)

Curriculum Vita 
(available upon request)


AWARDS for Directing Sci-Fi film"Launch at Paradise"

AWARDS for Teaching, Directing and Mentoring Theatre:

  • Acting Mentor to the 2023 Best Scene Award (Scapino-Binder) Region I Kennedy Center

  • Recipient of 2023 Excellence in Directing Merit Award, (Pride & Prejudice - Hamill) Region I Kennedy Center

  • Acting Mentor to the 2022 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Winner Kennedy Center, Region I

  • Acting Mentor to the 2022 National Kennedy Center Mark Twain Comedy Scholarship Winner

  • Acting Mentor to the 2021 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship 2nd Runner Up, Region I Kennedy Center

  • Acting Mentor to the 2020 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship 1st Runner Up, Region I Kennedy Center

  • Recipient of the Region I 2019 KCACTF Classical Acting Mentor Award, Region I Kennedy Center

  • Recipient of the Region I 2017 NAPAT (National Partners of American Theatre) Classical Acting Mentor Award

  • Acting Mentor to the 2018 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Winners, at Region I Kennedy Center

  • Acting Mentor to the 2017 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Winners at Kennedy Center Region I

  • Director of KCACTF Merit Awards for Ensemble Acting (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and KCACTF Merit Awards in Direction (2004, 2006, 2014, 2017, 2022)

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Presentations of International and National Workshops of "A Method for a New Millennium": A New Acting Technique.

International Presentations of Method for a New Millennium::

  • 2015 UGTE International Global Theatre Conference, Austria: "Theatre Between Tradition & Contemporaneity"

  • 2014, 2011, 2008: University Notre Dame, Australia, Freemantle and Sydney campuses


National Presentations of Method for a New Millennium:

  • 2019 and 2016: Flat Rock Theatre, Vagabond Apprentice Program, Flat Rock, NC 

  • 2004- 2022: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals

    • Northeast Region 2009-2022: MNM Presenter, Irene Ryan Respondent and Coach

    • Great Lakes Region 2005: Invited Guest, Irene Ryan Finalist Judge, MNM Presenter

    • Southeast Region 2004-2008: MNM Presenter, Irene Ryan Respondent and Coach

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2019 Flat Rock Apprentices
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Presentations of "The Illustrious Adventuresses"/ "Possessions" Creative Research:


International Workshop and Conference Presentations:

  • Conference Presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies: “Transcultural. Transnational. Transformation. Seeing, Writing and Reading Performance Across Cultures " 2011 held at Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

  • UNDA Research Online: publication 

National Residencies:

  • KO Festival of Performance Guest Artist Residency 

  • Boston Playwrights Theatre Blackbox Fellowship

  • See for a website dedicated to this new play!

Misc articles and Interviews:


Film Direction of Launch at Paradise (2022) a multi-award-winning Sci-Fi short film
Directed by Carrie Ann Quinn (2021)

Read a 2018 published interview of my Director's Concept and Interview on Directing Technique and Concept for Polaroid Stories in "Digital Costume Design and Collaboration" by Rafael Jaen, Focal Press 2018.

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M.F.A. Theatre Education- Acting (2004)

Boston University School of Theatre

  • Teaching Fellowship in Acting 2002-2004

  • Thesis: A Method for a New Millennium


Studied with: Sidney Friedman, Judy Braha, Judith Chaffee, Paula Langton, Elaine Vaan Hogue, Nina Pleasants

B.F.A. Drama, (Honors) NYU Tisch School of the Arts (1994)
Double major Politics, minor Women's Studies
  • Founder's Day Scholar (top 5% university class)

  • Paulette Goddard Acting Scholar

  • Studio Training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

Studied with: Hope Arthur, Irma Sandrey, Geoffrey Horne, Anna Strasberg


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