Mary Joan Negro

Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting

Head of Undergraduate Acting

Portrait of Mary-Joan Negro


Mary Joan Negro is the head of undergraduate acting and an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is an acclaimed actress who has acted on Broadway, off-Broadway, at repertory companies throughout the United States, including the Old Globe in San Diego and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in Connecticut. Negro received a Tony nomination for her performance in Arthur Kopit’s play, Wings, directed by John Madden. A founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, she performed with that company both on Broadway, as well as on tour throughout the U.S. She has guest starred in countless television movies, mini-series, episodic, soaps and sitcoms.

In Los Angeles, Negro has been a founding member of Joseph Stern’s Matrix Theatre Company, as well as The Antaeus Company. Since 1996, Negro has been working primarily as a director and teacher in a variety of venues including The Acting Company in New York, CalArts, and at USC. For the USC School of Dramatic Arts, Negro has directed four productions: A Mother, Pendejos, Those Who Can’t and Thin Air: Tales From A Revolution. Negro received her BA in Drama and Language Arts at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she was given a scholarship by the Juilliard School to join the first class of the Julliard Drama Division, headed by John Houseman.


BA, University of Michigan
MFA, Julliard School

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