Derek Gagnier is associate professor of theatre and coordinator of the Theatre Arts (BA) - Performance degree. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Professional Actor Training Program.
Gagnier has taught acting at the college level since 1987, and has been a faculty member formally since 1994. He has worked professionally as an actor and director since 1983. His acting work includes musical theatre, Shakespeare, dinner theatre, television and film.
Most recent work includes acting in productions of “Frankenstein” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Ensemble Stage in Blowing Rock, “The Tempest” and “Peter Pan” at Blowing Rock Stage Company, “Rounding Third” and “Over the River and through the Woods” at The Broach Theatre.
His directing and dialect coaching include turns at Blowing Rock Stage Company, The Barn Dinner Theatre, The Broach Theatre and Ensemble Stage, where he is next slated to direct “The Voyages of Simbad.”
Gagnier is a dialects consultant for Babel Consultants, which has international clients. His most recent dialect coaching was on the movie “The World Made Straight,” coaching actors Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine, Haley Joel Osment and Minka Kelly.