Bud Coleman
Professor • Roe Green Endowed Chair in Theatre • Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Initiatives

Bud Coleman, Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism, University of Texas-Austin; MFA in Theatre: Directing, University of Utah; BFA in Theatre Arts, Texas Christian University. Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, 2003 - 2017. CU faculty member since 1993.

Previously Fulbright Lecturer at Waseda University and Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Theatre, St. Edward’s University, 1990-1992; Dancer/Choreographer/Co-Artistic Director with Kinesis Modern Dance Company, 1989-1993; Assistant Instructor, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Texas-Austin, 1988-1993; Wardrobe Supervisor, Dresser and Buyer for 10 Broadway productions and tours, 1982-1988; Comprimario Dresser, New York City Opera, 1980-1981; Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 1978-1979.

CU Directing & Choreographing Credits Include: 

A Broadway Christmas Carol, Into the Woods, Hair, RentSeussical14 (KC/ACTF Regional Selection), PippinWonderful TownSongs in the Key of…CaffeineA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumShakespeare’s WomenSix Degrees of SeparationTurkey!!!LysistrataA Grand Night for Singing, and Dames at Sea.

Professional Credits Include:

Fiddler on the Roof for Mahidol University (Thai premiere); Stephen Sondheim’s Company in Vladivostok, Russian Federation; CU Eklund Opera’s New Opera Workshop (2015-2019); The Producers and Little Shop of Horrors for the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA; writing and performing a one-man show An Evening’s Intercourse With Natasha Notgoudenuff, Bailiwick Theatre, Chicago, and directing and/or choreographing The MikadoAngry HousewivesChicagoThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Into the Woods in Austin, TX.

Recent Publications Include:

  • Coleman, Bud.  “George Abbott.” Eds. Henry Bial and Chase Bringardner.  Great North American Stage Directors, Vol. 4:  Abbott, Carroll, Prince:   Musical Theatre Innovators.  London:  Methuen Drama.  Expected 2021.
  • Coleman, Bud.  “The Dream Machine:  Takarazuka, Japan’s All-Female Musical Theatre Extravaganza.” Eds. Robert Gordon and Olaf Jubin.  Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical.  London:  Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Coleman, Bud, and Amy Osatinski.  “Musical Theatre Training.”  Eds. Laura MacDonald, William A. Everett, and Ryan Donovan.  The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre. London:  Routledge, 2020.
  • Coleman, Bud.  “New Horizons:  the musical in the twenty-first century.”  Eds. Paul R. Laird and William A. Everett.  The Cambridge Companion to the Musical.  3rd ed.  Cambridge, England:  Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Coleman, Bud.  "The Ever-Evolving World of Twentieth-Century Musical Theatre Criticism,” iBroadway:  Musical Theatre in the Digital Age, edited by Jessica Hillman McCord.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Coleman and Pamyla Stiehl’s Back Stage Pass:  A Survey of American Musical Theatre (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2013)
  • “’Give Us More to See’ – The Visual Worlds of Stephen Sondheim” in The Oxford Handbook to Sondheim Studies (2013)
  • “Helburn, Dalrymple, and Lortel:  A Triumvirate of Great Producers” in Women in American Musical Theatre:  Essays on Lyricists, Writers, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Producers, and Performance Artists, Eds. Judith Sebesta and Bud Coleman (McFarland and Company, Inc., 2008)