Aaron Galligan-Stierle Named Director of Musical Theater Program at Slippery Rock University


The Slippery Rock University Theater Department has named actor and Broadway master teacher Aaron Galligan-Stierle as director of musical theatre.

Galligan-Stierle has performed on Broadway as Papa Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Henry Ford in the Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, and as Mike Nulty on the national tour of White Christmas. Aaron was also selected by Hal Prince to play Monsieur André in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera company.

Galligan-Stierle is the Executive Director of MaxTheatrix, New York’s premier audition coaching company, and a highly sought-after acting coach, providing exclusive workshops and one-on-one training for professionals in the Broadway community. He has also worked with students on his innovative approach to auditions at Marymount Manhattan College, The Hart School, Wright State University, Otterbein College, Shenandoah University, University of Northern Colorado, Nazareth College, California State Fullerton, UCLA, Utah State University, University of Alabama and many other top college theater programs. Moving with his wife and two children, he will now bring his exciting vision for the future of musical theater to Slippery Rock University.

Galligan-Stierle is well known across the country for his performances in leading regional theaters and prestigious Shakespeare companies, including eight seasons at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. Some of Aaron’s regional highlights as an actor include Leo Frank in Parade (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival), Dromio in The Comedy of Errors, Smee in the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, Clown #1 in The 39 Steps, Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Mendel “The Middle” in Indecent (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theatre). This summer he is currently playing Tateh in Ragtime and Clarence in Richard III at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Galligan-Stierle is also a director and producer. He served as executive producer and casting director for the feature film Ruin Me and associate director for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Grand Old Opry and Madison Square Garden, as well as Twelve Angry Men and Charlie’s Aunt in Utah. Shakespeare party. Aaron directed The Tempest at the Sacramento Theater Company, Bonnie & Clyde at Nazareth College and the world premiere of the new musical Under the Bodhi Tree at the Royal Family Theater in Times Square. He is also Resident Director of the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Galligan-Stierle holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah University and an MA in Theater from Penn State University.

The Theater Department at Slippery Rock University has developed a strong reputation for training theater artists over the past forty years. In 2019, the Theater Department launched a new BFA Acting program with concentrations in Musical Theater and Acting. The program trains and supports students with the primary goal of helping them grow authentically as unique and individual artists. For more information about the Musical Theater program at Slippery Rock University, please visit https://www.sru.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/theatre-bfa-acting-(musical-theatre)


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