Department of Music & Theatre
Director Randal Myler has received two Tony Award nominations (Best Musical/Best Book of a Musical) and a Drama Desk nomination (Best Musical Revue) for his acclaimed musical It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, which he staged at both NYC’s Lincoln Center and Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre. Love, Janis, Mr. Myler’s musical biography of Janis Joplin, reached more than 700 performances at the former Village Gate in NYC, where he also staged Dream a Little Dream: The Mamas and the Papas Musical (with original band member Denny Dougherty). In NYC, he has also directed at BAM, B.B. King’s, New World Stages, the Little Shubert Theater, the New Victory Theater, the Promenade, and the critically acclaimed Cuban-American play Union City with Rosie Perez. His highly successful musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway has been performed Off-Broadway (garnering Mr. Myler a Best Director nomination from the Outer Critic’s Circle) and throughout the United States, as has his coal mining musical Fire on the Mountain (which received five Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago). His John Denver holiday musical, Back Home Again, was nominated for “Best Musical” by the Los Angeles Theater Critics.
A former Associate Artistic Director at the Denver Center, Mr. Myler's many regional directorial credits also include both the Kennedy Center and the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., both the Mark Taper Forum and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Arizona Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Houston’s Alley Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, San Diego Rep, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Chicago’s Royal George, Northlight Theater, Virginia Stage, Missouri Rep, Meadow Brook, Barter Theater, Stages in Houston, Florida Stage, Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, PCPA Theaterfest, Bay Street Theater, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, San Francisco’s Marine’s Memorial Theater, Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Portland Center Stage (currently), and many others.
Mr. Myler’s plays and musicals have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, and Dramatics Publishing, and his current projects include musicals on both country comic Minnie Pearl and famed baseball pitcher Satchel Paige (with music by Taj Mahal and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir). Mr. Myler returns to UNA after directing Summer Theatre 2012's hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire.