An accomplished playwright, Feinsod's work has received professional productions across the United States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Australia. Some of his other full-length work includes Malcolm’s Call; Table 17; Between the Dams (which received a Hungarian translation by Budapest’s Pano-Drama artistic director Anna Lengyel); Sword Against the Sea, which was published by Concord Theatricals (Samuel French); The Gospel of Everyman; and Lost City, a historical drama investigating Indigenous rights, colonialism, and cultural invasion first produced at Trinity College in 1994.
As a director Feinsod has staged plays and musicals professionally since the early 1970’s. He served as artistic director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre (CRT) from 2001 to 2014 where he directed classics such as A Doll’s House; A Servant of New Masters; The Fantasticks ; and The Glass Menagerie as well as world premieres, including the Peter Pan adaptation Return of Neverland by Nebraska Rep Artistic Director Andrew Park and award-winning composer Scott Lamps. Feinsod was co-founder and artistic director of Theater 7, where he directed Death of a Salesman and his own adaptation The Gospel of Everyman.
He has been a professor of theater and the humanities for over three decades, first joining Trinity College from 1985 to 2001, then appearing as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and for the last twenty years at Indiana State University. He has won a number of teaching, research and creativity awards including the Arthur Hughes Award for Teaching Excellence at Trinity; Indiana State University’s Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award; Teacher of the Year Award (voted by ISU’s Honors College students); and, more recently, the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award.
A theater scholar, he wrote The Simple Stage published by Greenwood Press and, recently, a chapter on famous Broadway director Arthur Hopkins for a multi-volume work on great North American 20th century directors soon to be published by Bloomsbury Press. Feinsod received degrees from Harvard (BA), UC Berkeley (MA), and New York University (PhD).
(Original Production / European Tour / Jewish Theatre of Bloomington Production)
Dale McFadden began his directing career as a young actor in the 1970s at The Bucks County Playhouse close to New York City and Philadelphia. Later, at Body Politic and other Chicago theaters, he directed a wide range of plays, several of which were nominated for Joseph Jefferson (JEFF) Awards. He also brought theatre companies from abroad such as the Warsaw Mime Troupe to Chicago. McFadden directed and helped develop the play Table 17 by playwright Arthur Feinsod which was presented as a developmental work in New York at The 78th Street Theatre. At Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute, Dale has directed five productions including Terre Haute, which was also seen at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Bad Dates, which was invited to The TIG 7 Theatre Festival in Mannheim, Germany in 2012. McFadden’s directorial work in other parts of Indiana has included a long-standing association with Brown County Playhouse and, more recently, with the Indiana Festival Theatre, both summer theaters. In addition he has a relationship spanning twenty years with the Phoenix Theatre, a top professional theater in Indianapolis, where he has directed prominent new American plays.
McFadden is a Professor of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University where he serves as Associate Chair and Head of the Acting and Directing Programs. In the university setting he has staged classical works, contemporary dramas, and new plays. Dale McFadden received his undergraduate training at Royal Holloway College in England, Trinity College, Dublin and Temple University in The United States. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at The Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, under the tutelage of Joseph Slowik, Stage Director and Grotowski Teacher.