Faculty & Staff

Carrie Ann Quinn, MFA

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, College of Liberal Arts
Head of Acting and Directing


photo of Carrie Quinn

Areas of Expertise

Acting, Directing, Movement, Voice, Improvisation, Devising


MFA, Acting - Theatre Education, Boston University School of Theatre Arts
BFA, Drama, New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Additional Information

Carrie Ann Quinn is a professional actor and director in theatre, television, and film and is a founding member of the international theatre company Escape Artists. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Professor Quinn presents her original acting technique, A Method for a New Millennium, at theatres, universities and conferences throughout the US and internationally. She most recently presented at international theatre conferences in Leibnitz, Austria and Melbourne, Australia and as a guest lecturer at  universities in Sydney and Perth, Australia. Professor Quinn recently co-wrote the play Possessions, which had its world premiere at The King Street Theatre in Sydney, Australia, with partial funding from a Joseph P. Healey Grant. She also performed the lead role of Marie Mancini in the production, winning numerous accolades from the Sydney Press. Possessions previously had a US premiere at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, winning a Blackbox Fellowship. Professor Quinn's New York theatre credits include plays at the Clurman Theatre (Off-Broadway), CSV Flamboyan, New Ohio Theatre, Strasberg Theatre and other downtown NYC theatre venues. Regional theatre credits include The Communist Dracula Pageant (American Repertory Theater/A.R.T.); An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); Aurora Borealis (Huntington's BU Theatre); The Hothouse (Huntington Studio 210 Theatre); Christmas Belles (Company One/Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune (The Warehouse Theatre); The Water Closet (Whitmore-Lindley Theatre) and as a resident company member for seven years at Theatre Unlimited in Los Angeles, in plays such as Seven Keys to Baldpate, The Ceramic Cow, Move Over, Mrs. Markham and The Keys to the Kingdom. Professor Quinn’s professional directing credits include plays produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre; Chicago’s Chopin Theatre; and CenterStage SC. Quinn has appeared and guest starred in film and tv shows for over 20 years, such as Fame LA, Standing By, The Fighter, Company Men, Chappaquiddick, and in numerous independent films, including the recent award-winning short film, The Poet, which she executive produced. Professor Quinn works closely with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) as a Region I Production Respondent and Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship coach, judge and respondent. Through UMass Boston's participation in KCACTF, many UMass Boston theatre students have received regional and national recognition, awards, and scholarships for their acting, design, stage management and dramaturgy work in theatre. At UMass Boston, Quinn has directed Performing Arts Department mainstage shows including Bat Boy: The Musical, Polaroid Stories, Urinetown The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the devised work Wit? Or Without You!, Hedda Gabler and The Shape of Things.