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Mr. F.J. Hartland

  • F.J. Hartland Bio

    Position: Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Department: Fine Arts

    Office: St. Joseph Hall 207

    Email Mr. F.J. Hartland

    814.471.1268

    About Mr. F.J. Hartland

    Education

    • MFA (Playwriting) Carnegie-Mellon University
    • BA (English) Westminster College

    Biography

    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 Carnegie. 

    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 Spelling Bee.