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Dennis Trainor Jr

Associate Professor of Theater
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Dennis Trainor Jr. joined the Conservatory in 2017 and is an associate professor of theater. He teaches courses in acting, script and score, acting for camera in both the undergraduate and graduate musical theater programs, and ensemble performance lab in the contemporary theater program, as well as the course Playing Shakespeare in the Conservatory’s summer Musical Theater Acting Intensive.

Trainor is a Boston-based actor, writer, director, and multimedia storyteller. His Boston theater credits include appearances with SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage Company, Company One Theatre, and North Shore Music Theater, among others. In New York City, Trainor was the founding coartistic director of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, where he worked as a producer, actor, director, and writer. His New York acting credits include appearances with Rude Mechanicals, as well as the Kraine Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and The Flea Theater, where he was an original member of the Bats, an Obie Award–winning acting company in residence. 

Trainor has spent nearly a decade creating long- and short-form video about a variety of social justice causes and political movements. Highlights include his work as writer, director, and producer of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy. Additionally, Trainor was the host and writer of the nationally syndicated news and politics show Acronym TV (as part of the Young Turks Network). 

His theater writing credits include the plays Plug (Rude Mechanicals), I Coulda Been A Kennedy (Rude Mechanicals), and Manifest Destiny’s Child (Wheelhouse Theater/Dixon Place).

Prior to the Conservatory, Trainor held positions as guest artist in residence and director at Stonehill College and served on the faculty of Dowling College, the Shakespeare Theater (Washington, D.C.), Lawrence Academy, the Peddie School, and Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Trainor holds an M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Notable Recent Works

  • The Merchant of Venice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2021)—Actor
  • Can’t Keep Quiet (Boston Conservatory, 2019)—Script consultant
  • Manifest Destiny’s Child (Wheelhouse Theater/Dixon Place, 2019)—Writer, actor
  • Straight White Men (New Repertory Theatre, 2018)—Actor
  • Acronym TV (The Young Turks, 2012–2015)—Host/anchor, writer
  • American Autumn (documentary film) (Artful Dodger Productions, 2012)—Producer, director, writer

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