M. Bevin O'Gara joined the Conservatory in 2021 and is an associate professor of theater teaching in the musical theater program.
O'Gara is a director and producer who spent three years as the producing artistic director at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts. During her time there, O'Gara oversaw dozens of productions, workshops, and readings, as well as and played an active role in realizing new work by writers such as Craig Lucas, Kirsten Greenidge, Melinda Lopez, Stephen Karam, Lydia R. Diamond, and A. Rey Pamatmat. Her work in casting allowed for numerous local actors to be showcased on stages at the Huntington and throughout Boston.
As a director she has worked at the Huntington Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Kitchen Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, Nora Theatre Company, Bad Habit Productions, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, New Repertory Theatre and Holland Productions.
Work with other companies include the New Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actor’s Center of Australia, and Gaiety School in Dublin. O'Gara has been a guest artist or lecturer at Harvard University, Cornell University, Emerson College, Ithaca College, Brandeis University, Boston University, Tufts University, Boston College,Northeastern University, and Lesley University.
O'Gara is a proud recipient of the Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community and has been recognized by the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf for her commitment to d/Deaf and hard of hearing artists. She holds a B.F.A. from Boston University.