F.J. Hartland is an award-winning playwright,
professional actor and experienced stage director, who has been teaching at
Saint Francis since 2014.
As a playwright, F.J. has made a record-setting
sixteen appearances in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, winning for “Best
Play” four times. In New York City his
plays have been produced at Emerging Artists Theatre, Quaigh Theatre, 13th
Street Theatre, Duke’s Eye Productions, Lovecreek Productions, and the Lincoln
Center Library Theater. Locally, his
plays have appeared on the stages of Cresson Lake Playhouse, Pittsburgh
Playwrights Theatre, Bricolage, Future Tenant, South Park Theatre, Duquesne
University, among others. F.J. has had
plays published by Samuel French, United Stages, Original Works, and The Louisville Review.
As an actor, he has been a member of the Actors Equity
Association since 1991. He has appeared
at the Mountain Playhouse, the Pittsburgh Playhouse Rep, Saint Vincent’s Summer
Theatre and won rave reviews for his performance as “Charlie” in The Whale at Off The Wall Productions in
As a director, F.J. has over one hundred productions
to his credit, ranging from classics to musicals to drama, comedies and
original works. He has been in the
director’s chair for Cresson Lake Playhouse, Altoona Community Theatre, Off The
Wall Productions, South Park Theatre, Theatre Factory, Apple Hill Playhouse,
McKeesport Little Theatre Greensburg Civic Theatre, Things Unseen Theatre, and
12 Peers Theatre. For SFU F.J. has
directed a wide variety of plays and musicals, including Godspell, The Diary of Anne Frank, God of Carnage, and the 25th Annual Putnam County
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