Denise Hurd

Main Affiliation

Theatre and Speech


Compton - Goethals Hall





Denise Hurd


Educational Philosophy

Acting is a discipline, an art, a craft, and an intuitive creation. It is both hard and easy. However what is easy is the hardest part. At root, acting is the ability to let go of your judgmental self and to release the creative self, in other words, to recover that sense of play you had as a child. Above all, it is to have fun!! Theatre is both a craft and a profession. It is the most collaborative art form. It incorporates all the lively arts--it can challenge your intellect and unleash your imagination. As such, I believe that the more you know, the more you can do; and the more you learn, the better you can become at revealing truth in theatre or finding your own voice in any endeavor. I encourage acting students to explore history, and theatre literature students to explore theatricality in everyday life. Any art can help you expand your vision of the world, but the theatrical arts can help you create a forum to share that vision.



MA Hunter College
BFA Yale University

Courses Taught

Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Stage Combat, Acting for the Camera, and Theatre History 2


The Monster Within; 19th Century Racial Constructs in the 24th Century Myths of Star Trek Journal of Popular Culture

Additional Information

Other Training and Education

NYU Acting Actor's Center  
SAFD Certified Actor Combatant: certified Actor combatant in Broadsword, Rapier and Dagger and Unarmed; Recommended in Sword
Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, Summer Acting Program
NYU Graduate Acting in Speech, Suzuki Acting Training at Stagewest, Stage Combat, ACTS, Voice


Recipient 1994-96 Humana Fellowship


All My Children
Guiding Light
As the World Turns

Henry V
Twelfth Night
Much Ado About Nothing
Midsummer Night's Dream
Constant Couple
Way of the World

Fight Choreographer

Richard III
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
The Owl and the Pussycat
Mystery Plays
On Our Way Out