Professional Actor, Director Named Chair of Theatre Department at University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts

Kathy Dean Arts, News

MOBILE, Ala. – Professional actor, director and stuntman Stewart Hawley has joined the University of Mobile faculty as chair of the theatre department in the Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA). The assistant professor of theatre has performed and directed with professional companies from the Rome Shakespeare Company to the Batman Stunt Show, and appeared in films and commercials.

Hawley is a certified teacher of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has published articles in scholarly journals on the role of Christianity in theatre, as well as other topics.

“I am eager to start building on the strong foundation the University of Mobile has created and look forward to working with everyone in making this the premier theatre program of Alabama,” Hawley said.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs, director of opera and professor of music, said Hawley’s skillset will be invaluable during ASOTA’s 2019 Performing Arts Season. Season tickets are on sale now at, or call the ASOTA box office at 251.442.2383.

“I look forward to collaborating on our Valentine’s Day weekend production of Romeo et Juliette. It is the French operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and features some extensive combat scenes,” Jacobs said.

To enroll in the theatre program at the University of Mobile, apply online at or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222. Fall semester classes start Aug. 19.

Hawley is a PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in theatre-directing and Bachelor of Science in psychology, both from the University of Houston. Previously, he served as assistant professor at Reinhardt University.

His former students are working across the United States in several professional theatre companies such as Nebraska Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Virginia Rep, Bright Star Touring Theatre, in addition to the CBN network and the TV shows Stranger Thingsand Being Mary Jane.

As a professional actor and director, Hawley has worked with the AD Players, New Stage, Harvest Theatre, Center Theatre Ensemble, Rome Shakespeare Company, Living Room Shakespeare, Batman Stunt Show, the Police Academy Stunt show, and The Alliance Theatre, along with many others.

He can also be seen in the films WHO,Reconciliationand the web series Memoirs of a Godfather.He has performed in several commercials for People’s Bank, Cartoon Network and Kroger.  His scholarly articles appeared in the publications Christianity and Theatre Journal, where he served as editor, and Quidditas, Asian Theatre Journal, Texas Theater Journaland The Fight Master.

He is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Association of Asian Theatre Performance, Christians in Theatre Arts, Certified Teacher Society of American Fight Directors, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Texas Educators Theatre Association.


 About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 76 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.