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Carl Wallnau is currently Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company, an equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ where he is also Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department.  He has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, People’s Light, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of Titanic.

He has directed numerous productions including the world premieres of Poetry of Pizza, Inventing Montana and The Tillie Project and New Jersey premieres of Below The Belt, Square One and Marvin's Room. He has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of Springtime For Henry, Engaged and Pygmalion and has directed in numerous regional theatres including Hartford Theatre Works and Musical Theatre Works.

He received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau for whom he wrote the play Mary Todd... A Woman Apart. The play completed successful runs at Centenary Stage Company in March 2001 and Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett theatre on Theatre Row in May 2003. Mary Todd... A Woman Apart is now available for touring.

Carl Wallnau



Colleen Smith Wallnau  portrays Mary Todd in the poignant, moving and often comic personal story of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Ms Wallnau, who performed on Broadway and with the European tour of Crazy for You, has also worked in  numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, North SHore Music Festival, Asolo Theatre and Centenary Stage where theatregoers have thrilled to her performances in  Marvin 's Room, The Killing of Sister George and The Haunting of Hill House. She is currently on the faculty of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City teaching voice and speech.


Carl Wallnau
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