Department Head, Artistic Director, Professor Emeritus
Mr. MacLean joined the faculty as Department Head and Artistic Director of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in the summer of 2006 and retired in 2021. He has directed A Flea in Her Ear, Galileo, The Secret Rapture, A Streetcar Named Desire with Dale Dickey, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, and Candide with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Kiss Me, Kate, Our Country’s Good, The Threepenny Opera, The Open Hand, and People Where They Are. Prior to his arrival at UT, Cal was Professor of Theatre and Head of Directing at Illinois State University for fifteen years. He was also Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, a professional, summer classical theatre associated with Illinois State. Under his leadership, the Festival regularly brought in some of Chicago’s finest professional actors and directors, built and opened a two million dollar state of the art theatre, and increased the Festival’s audience and professional stature. With Chicago’s Famous Door Theatre Company, he directed productions that have earned numerous awards, including: Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West (Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play, and Outstanding Direction), Anthony Clarvoe’s The Living (Joseph Jefferson Awards for Production and Direction), Manfred Karge’s Conquest of the South Pole (Jeff Citations for Production and Direction), John Godber’s Salt of the Earth (Jeff Citations for Production and Direction), and most notably, Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto, a production that ran for seven months. Critically acclaimed as one of the best productions in Chicago for 1999, Ghetto 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 Chicago’s Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theatres, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre in Florida, Indiana Repertory, the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, and the University of Illinois. Cal was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the “ten most promising” theatre artists in Chicago. Married to Rebecca MacLean, they have two children, Rachael and Sam.