Connan Morrissey is a veteran theatre actress, director, and teacher whose talent is coaching senior level leaders one-on-one, giving them focused and effective communication skills that can be used in any business situation. Connan develops confidence and clarity by using simple and proven acting methods that are used by theatre professionals.
As an actress, Connan has performed leading roles across the country, appearing at such critically acclaimed theatres as Folger Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Theatre, Virginia Stage, PlayMakers Repertory, North Carolina Stage and Clarence Brown Theatre. Selected roles include Shakespeare’s leading women such as Hermione in Winter’s Tale, Ophelia in Hamlet, Desdemona in Othello and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Modern and new plays include Anna in Anna Karenina, The Book Club Play, Orson’s Shadow and Proof. She also has performed in French and English in renowned Avignon – Off Theatre Festival in Avignon, France.
An enthusiastic and compelling instructor who consistently received positive reviews, Connan’s teaching experience includes secondary, undergraduate and graduate level classes at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maryville, College, Pellissippi State and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Additionally, Connan has held key positions in the fields of theatrical advertising and marketing. As an account executive with Serino Coyne, Broadway’s premiere boutique advertising agency, Connan helped to create and implement the marketing plans for multimillion Broadway shows such as The Music Man and Footloose. As the marketing consultant for Olney Theatre Center, Connan created and executed a marketing plan that brought in the most earned income in the theatre’s history. She is an associate artist with Vermont Stage and Round House Theatre.
Connan holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.