R. Terrell Finney, Jr.


Immediate Past President, NAST (Board of Directors)
Term ends March 2020

R. Terrell Finney is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, a post he has held since January 2010. Prior to that, he served for nearly twenty-five years as head of the Division of Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama, Arts Administration and Theatre Design and Production at UC. Professor Finney has also served on the faculty of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.

In addition to his past work for NAST (previous President, Vice President, and Chair of the Commission on Accreditation), Professor Finney was also a past board member for the University/Resident Theatre Association, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the American High School Theatre Festival. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Professor Finney has acted and directed regionally and serves as a consultant to arts programs throughout the United States.

Professor Finney earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Speech from Birmingham-Southern College. In addition, he spent two summers in training programs sponsored by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.
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Updated April 2017