Dean Corrin has taught at DePaul University since 1992. He is currently the Associate Dean of The Theatre School where he teaches courses in playwriting and dramatic literature. His previous roles at the School have included heading the playwriting program and serving as Chair of The Theatre Studies department.
He is a Founding Member of the Playwrights Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theatre, where his plays Battle of the Bands, Expectations, Gentrification and Butler County premiered. His plays have been produced by the Tacoma Actors Guild, Addison Center Theatre and Stage #1 in Dallas, the Actors Theatre of St. Paul, Northlight Repertory, Missouri Repertory, New York Stageworks, the Cape Cod Festival of New American Plays, Wichita Center for the Arts and the Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium. He has completed two commissioned works on landmark legal cases for the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of I-SITE (The Institute for the Study of Immersive Theatrical Experiences) and is the curator of Midwest edition of the No Proscenium newsletter on immersive theatre. He is a member of the Birch House artist collective.
I came to teaching and DePaul because it sounded like a well-paying job that didn’t demand a lot of time. Sometimes in life we make great decisions for the wrong reasons.
What I was fortunate to discover at DePaul was the place that called on all my previous strands of experience, encouraged my intellectual and spiritual growth, and charged me to explore and respond to my greatest passions. I was given the opportunity to explore, experiment, and innovate. The students, staff, and faculty provided support and also challenged me to go deeper. I have been constantly encouraged to experiment and change.
I am sometimes asked what restrictions The Theatre School faces in the context of a Catholic institution. My response is that at DePaul we are not restricted but are rather challenged to do work that raises complicated questions. As artists it is our role to give voice to the voiceless, bring the invisible into view, and serve as a mirror in order to see ourselves more clearly. I feel fortunate to be at an institution that encourages and values that perspective in our work.
While not a Catholic by heritage or practice, I have found the teachings and life of St. Vincent to be inspiring and instructive. I welcome this opportunity to deepen my knowledge and understanding of St. Vincent’s work and to reflect on how I can better embody Vincentian values in my work at DePaul. I look forward to lively conversation and challenging discussions.