Tom McNally Announces Retirement

Professor Tom McNally, who has served as LTR’s Artistic Director for 28 years has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2015 summer season. Known affectionately as “Uncle Tommy” to his students and friends, McNally has directed over 30 LTR productions since he came to UNC in 1988. On stage, he appeared as a guest artist in Gypsy opposite Mary Jo Catlett and in Death of a Salesman opposite Ann Ducati. Most recently he performed on stage with is brother Dan in the LTR productions of The Sunshine Boys and Nixon’s Nixon.

In addition to being the School of Theatre Arts and Dance’s master acting teacher, McNally also served as the Program Head for the Acting/Performance Studies Program and was also Chair of the then Theatre Department for many years.

Professor McNally is a past recipient of both the Educational Theatre Association’s “Founder’s Award” and “Lifetime Achievement Award”, the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s Higher Education Educator of the Year Award and in 2012 received The Colorado Theatre Guild’s “Henry Award” in recognition of his service to advance professional theatre in Colorado.

Although this is Tom’s last official summer as LTR’s Artistic Director, he does plan to continue to teach acting for at least one or two more years in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance before he officially retires from the University.

David Grapes, currently the Director of The School of Theatre Arts and Dance and LTR’s Executive Producer, has been named LTR’s new Producing Artistic Director and will assume his new duties for the 2016 season.