Josh Chenard is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Head of Acting at New Mexico State University as well as the New Mexico State Chair for The American College Theatre Festival Region VI. Formerly the Head of Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught acting and directing, Josh has been a guest teaching artist at a variety of schools and studios including at Berea College, the University of Southern Maine, the Michael Chekhov Connection in Los Angeles, CP Casting Studio in Boston, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the American College Theatre Festival. An Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Josh is also a certified instructor of the Michael Chekhov Technique having earned his certification through the National Michael Chekhov Association and the late Mala Powers, acknowledged world wide as the foremost authority on Mr. Chekhov’s technique. As an actor and director, Josh has worked in a variety of educational and professional venues including at Acadia Repertory Theatre Company in Bar Harbor, Maine, the AYTB Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts, Shafer Street Playhouse in Richmond, Virginia, and at the University of Southern Maine where he appeared in the American Premiere of Xavier Durringer’s A Taste of the Killing on the Tip of the Tongue. Other favorite roles include Delacey in Frankenstein, Paul in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Chuck in Alan Ball’s All That I Will Ever Be. Recent directing projects include Moliere’s Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed at Virginia Commonwealth University, Suddenly Last Summer at Richmond Triangle Players, the Virginia Premiere of Lord of the Flies for Henley Street Theatre Company, and the original one-act play Woody Allen as part of the 24-Hour Play Festival at Sycamore Rouge in Petersburg, Virginia. Josh also works privately with clients ranging from television and film actors to lawyers and news anchors specializing in performance technique and presence.