Master of Fine Arts in Acting University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance University of North Dakota
CURT L. TOFTELAND brings thirty-three years of professional theatre experience to his roles of artistic director, producer, director, Equity actor, award winning playwright, academic educator, conference panelist and presenter, workshop facilitator, professional development trainer, and drama artist-in-residence. From 1989 to 2008, Curt was the Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. As a director and an Equity actor, he has 200+ professional productions to his credit. Additionally, he has presented 400+ performances of his one man show Shakespeare’s Clownes: A Foole’s Guide to Shakespeare. Curt conducts residencies, workshops, and master classes at theaters and universities throughout country. Curt is the Founder and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars program. Philomath Films chronicled SBB in a documentary that premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and 40+ film festivals around the world winning a total of 11 film awards. Curt is a published poet and essayist. His latest essay is published in the new Sourcebooks edition of The Tempest. He designed, wrote, and hosted the award winning creative thinking series, Imagine That for Kentucky Educational Television. Curt was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bellarmine University, the Fleur-de-lis Award from the Louisville Forum, Petra Foundation Fellowship, Al Smith Fellowship in playwrighting from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Mildred A. Dougherty Award for communication from the Greater Louisville English Council, and a Distinguished Theatre Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his M.F.A. in Acting.