Assistant Teaching Professor of Acting
Eileen Connolly (she/her) holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota (Guthrie Theater) and a B.A. in Theater & Dance from DeSales University (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). As a member of Actors Equity, Eileen has performed regionally in everything from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie to understudying Charles Busch in a Broadway-bound musical. She has performed with Meadow Brook and Birmingham Theatres in Michigan, Chicago’s Royal George Theater, Broadway Cares in NYC, Philadelphia Actors Ensemble at Walnut Street Theatre, the Painted Bride Arts Center, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival for PBS. Eileen founded the non-profit Wallis Knot Theater in NYC where she wrote and directed original productions at New York Musical Theater Festival, Theater for the New City, Dream Up Festival, HERE Arts Center, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Connelly Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors.
Eileen has previously taught for Mike Nichols/George Morrison’s New Actors Workshop, NYCDA, Manhattanville College, and AMDA before coming to Ball State University. Her students have gone on to work on and Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, film, and television.
Eileen has designed costumes for the Off-Broadway company Fallen Angel Theater, NYCDA, The Wilma Theater, Theater Caravan, Painted Bride Art Center, Roschman Dance, Niko8 Performance (Chicago) and Wallis Knot Theater. She has exhibited as a fine artist at Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, Rockefeller Plaza/New York Cow Parade, and Currican, in addition to designing book covers for Samuel French, Perfect Crime Books, and Greenpoint Press.