Department Chair

Professor of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts
Phone: ext. 2203

Academic Accomplishments

  • B.A. Drama, Dickinson College
  • M.F.A. Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts


Carl Wallnau is currently Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company, an equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ where he is also Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department.

Recent acting credits include The Tempest at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Ladies Man at Centenary Stage and Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Theatre 1812 in Philadelphia.

As an actor, he has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Peoples Light Theatre Company, Second Stage in NYC, NYMF Festival, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of Titanic. He has directed over 50 productions in numerous regional theatres including Hartford Theatre Works and Musical Theatre Works. His work includes the New Jersey premieres of Below The Belt, Square One and Marvin’s Room and the recent 60th anniversary production of The Mousetrap.

He received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau for whom  he wrote Mary Todd-A Woman Apart. Mary Todd premiered at Centenary Stage and later transferred Off- Broadway to the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row.

Theatrical Accomplishments

Mary Todd – A Woman Apart