Each year, Dean Theresa Lee and members of her cabinet, with help from department heads, recognize faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for their excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and lifetime achievements.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, however, we were unable to host the annual awards banquet in-person. Each faculty member received a plaque and congratulations from the dean. We posted a video to the college YouTube channel here, which features each faculty award winner.
Cal MacLean, professor and head of the Department of Theatre, received the College Marshal award, which is the college equivalent of the Macebearer and the highest college honor award to a faculty member. MacLean joined the department as head and artistic director of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in 2006. Since his arrival at UT, MacLean has demonstrated outstanding service to the college and university.
In addition to directing more than a dozen plays, he has been innovative by bringing professional playwrights to campus to develop plays with the MFA students. MacLean has led the department to have the eighth ranked MFA acting program in the country, as well as production programs that produce highly sought after and well-placed graduates.
Year after year, he has worked with the theatre department faculty and CBT professionals to develop seasons that draw the public to a balance of old favorites, such as The Christmas Carol, and innovative, new programming that include drama, musicals, and comedies. Nearly without fail, the shows receive glowing remarks. Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in the mixture of annual productions in acting and production roles alongside MFA students. Some productions have even been large enough to include community members and visiting artists.
“I am humbled and overwhelmed by this honor,” MacLean said. “My 15 years as head of a remarkable department and theater company are rich in memories and meaning. I am proud to be a part of this community and of this great university.”
Through the years, MacLean has directed productions that have earned numerous awards, including five for Joseph Jefferson Awards for Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Direction. Most notably, Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto, a production that ran for seven months, was nominated for six Joseph Jefferson Awards and honored with four including Outstanding Production of a Play and the first-ever Michael Maggio Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Other professional credits include productions in top theatres across America. In addition to leading the Clarence Brown Theatre Company and the theatre department to new heights and community visibility, MacLean has been an involved citizen within the college, serving on many committees.