Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Theatre Arts

Phone: 757-352-4730
Email: michhil@regent.edu

Dr. Michael Hill-Kirkland is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Regent University specializing in acting, directing and stage combat. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild (withdrawn), and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Dr. Hill-Kirkland has worked nationally and internationally as a professional actor, director and fight director. He guest taught at such prestigious UK institutions as London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Birmingham School of Acting, and MGA Academy of the Performing Arts, in Edinburgh, Scotland. At Regent, Dr. Hill-Kirkland is the on-site coordinator for the Virginia Beach BASH, an annual regional stage and screen combat workshop sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors. He teaches courses on the Meisner Approach to acting, Armed and Unarmed Stage Combat, and Advanced Directing.

Academic Philosophy

To guide my students in the discovery and development of their unique giftings, that they might creatively, and consistently, use them at a level of excellence that powerfully communicates truth and honors God.

Selected Publications

Stage Combat Resource Materials: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography, Praeger, 2006
"The Search for Style in TROY," The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, 2005
"An Interview with Actor Michael York," The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2004

Selected Professional Works

Flashdance: The Musical, director, MGA Academy of the Performing Arts, Edinburgh, Scotland
Man of La Mancha, "Sancho Panza" and fight director, Virginia Music Theatre (Virginia Beach, Va.)
The 39 Steps, director, Americana Theatre Company (Plymouth, Mass.)


Ph.D., Theater, University of Utah, 1995
MFA, Theater, University of Southern Mississippi, 1983
B.A., Theater, California State University, Fullerton, 1979

Fields of Expertise

  • Stage Combat (SAFD)
  • Acting: Meisner Approach
  • Directing