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Press Release : Apr 5, 2017

School of Theatre + Dance adds Tony nominated and Obie Award winning actor and UF alumnus Malcolm Gets to faculty

Gainesville, Fla., April 5, 2017 – The University of Florida (UF) School of Theatre + Dance (SOTD) is proud to announce that Malcolm Gets will join the SOTD faculty as a Professor of Practice in Acting. Gets, a Tony nominated and Obie Award winning actor and SOTD alumnus, will begin teaching in the fall of 2017. Gets will be the first faculty member hired under UF’s new faculty classification “Professor of Practice,” meaning a faculty member who teaches on campus but also continues engagement as a professional within his or her discipline. 

As a Professor of Practice in Acting Gets will teach several courses for undergraduate and graduate students including contemporary acting methods, classical styles, acting for the camera, song interpretation for the actor, and auditioning and the business of acting. He will also assist with graduate student recruitment, arrange visitations and masterclasses with guest artists, assist with the annual New York Actor Showcase and pursue creative research activities.

“The School of Theatre + Dance and its faculty are thrilled to have Malcolm Gets join the acting faculty,” said Dr. Jerry Dickey, director of the UF School of Theatre + Dance. “It’s rare to find a professional with a combination of skills like those Malcolm possesses. Not only is he an impeccably trained actor and singer, but he is also a classically trained pianist. He brings years of experience teaching singing for the actor at prestigious programs like NYU and Julliard. Also, his accomplishments in theatre, television and film will greatly enhance the quality of the School of Theatre + Dance’s training program. We are honored to have him return to his alma mater as someone who has strong connections in the entertainment industry, but also locally here in Gainesville.”

Gets, who received his MFA from Yale University and BFA from the University of Florida, currently serves as an adjunct professor of acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has also taught at The Sundance Institute and has presented numerous masterclasses at institutions like Yale University, UCLA and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School.

In addition to being a world-class educator, Gets is also an accomplished actor. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award and a Drama League Award. Gets has also won an Obie Award, a People’s Choice Award, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from UF, to name a few.

Gets has performed on and off Broadway in productions including Macbeth, Amour and Allegro. In addition, he has been featured in numerous films and television shows including Suits, Caroline in the City, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Grey Gardens, Sex and the City and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.

With accepting this position, Gets will return to his Gainesville roots. In addition to earning his BFA from UF, he also attended middle school and high school in Gainesville. While living in Gainesville, he danced with Pofahl Studios and acted in productions at the Hippodrome Theatre.

“I am thrilled and honored to be returning to the University of Florida,” said Gets. “I spent some of my happiest years at UF, and am so excited to get to be a part of the incredible School of Theatre and Dance once again. The level of talent and training is exceptional, and I feel so fortunate to be counted a member of its wonderful Faculty. I also look forward to returning to my hometown of Gainesville and being a part of its remarkable community. Once a Gator, always a Gator.”

About the School of Theatre + Dance

The School of Theatre + Dance is one of the University of Florida College of the Arts’ institutionally-accredited schools. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting, dance, musical theatre, theatre production—including costume design, lighting design and scenic design—or a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance studies or general theatre. Minors are also offered in dance and theatre as well as certificates in arts in medicine and dance in healthcare. Student organizations showcase programs and other intensives provide students with invaluable professional experiences. UF is home to three School of Theatre + Dance performance venues, including the Constans Theatre, Black Box Theatre and G-6 Studio. To learn more about the School of Theatre + Dance, including upcoming performance dates and ticket information, visit

About the College of the Arts

The College of the Arts is one of the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three institutionally-accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre + Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and approximately than 1,200 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit

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