Department of Theatre

Cary Libkin

Visiting Professor and Consultant
Cary Libkin

Office Location

51 College Ave, USM Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5480

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA, Bradley University


For the past 25 years, Cary Libkin has served as head of musical theatre degree programs at Penn State University where he was a Professor of Theatre until he retired this past December. At Penn State he chaired the BFA in Musical Theatre as well as MFAs in Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage, Music Directing, and Vocal Pedagogy for Musical Theatre. The program, now 23 years old, is considered one of the five best in the country. Immediate past president of Musical Theatre Educators Alliance -- International, Cary was one of this organization’s creators. Committed to building and strengthening relationships with the international musical theatre training community, he has taught and/or consulted for programs in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, and the U.K.

Cary Libkin is a member of SDC, and is an active free-lance director. Besides directing musicals, Cary directs Shakespeare and contemporary works. Directing credits include work at Steppenwolf Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Cary has moved to Maine and is a Visiting Professor and Consultant for University of Southern Maine.

For the USM Department of Theatre, Cary teaches classes in Musical Theatre Scene Study, Directing, Advanced Acting, and Theatre History.