Professor Herschel Kruger joined the Carthage faculty in 2005 and served seven years as chair of the Theatre Department. During his tenure as chair, the department added majors in Performance, Technical Design and Production, Stage Management and Interdisciplinary Music Theatre, as well as a Dance minor.
During the 2008-2009 school year, Prof. Kruger established the New Play Initiative commissioning original works for the Carthage Theatre Program. In 2012, Carthage Theatre received its fourth consecutive invitation to the region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Full participating productions include: Honest (2010, winner of four regional awards including best play, directed by Herschel Kruger) One Day in the Season of Rain (2011, winner of three regional design awards, directed by Neil Scharnick) The Rail Splitter (2012, National award winner - Distinguished New Play, Directed by Martin McClendon)
His directing credits at Carthage include Ghost Bike, Cabaret, Inspecting Carol, Sunday in the Park with George, Lysistrata, Honest, Moon Over Buffalo, Blood Brothers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Postmortem, Independence, and the entire Over the Tavern trilogy including Over the Tavern, King O’ The Moon, and Last Mass At St. Casmir's. Professor Kruger teaches the upper-level acting and directing classes and a variety of other theatre classes. Professor Kruger has worked as an actor and director in New York, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. He has also led three separate J-term trips to Greece, New York City and Germany to study theatre.
Prof. Kruger earned his M.F.A. in acting from the University of Illinois and, while there, completed an independent study in directing with Dr. Burnet Hobgood. He is also a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory's two-year Professional Actors Training program in New York City, and holds a B.A. in Theatre Communications from Cardinal Stritch University.