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2016 Dramaturgy Intensive, Kennedy Center

David McTier is Professor of Theatre at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he teaches theatre history and dramaturgy. Raised on a cattle farm in rural Georgia, he holds a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas. During the past thirty years, he has taught on the faculties of Rockhurst University, Agnes Scott College, the University of Vermont, the University of Virginia at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), the University of Kentucky, and Young Harris College.

 He has directed 70 stage productions, including period and American classics, musicals, children’s theatre, contemporary, and original/devised plays. Of particular interest are non-traditional, mixed-media, and company-developed performance dealing with current social issues. In 2015, Dr. McTier directed the first English-language production and American premiere of the Albanian-Kosovar play, Men With Broken Hopes. He also free-lances as a production dramaturg at two Houston theatres: The Ensemble Theatre and The Classical Theatre.

Dr. McTier has been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Three of his productions have been invited to and performed at KCACTF region festivals: I of the Beholder (2001), a devised installation about mental illness and creativity; LOST (2004), a devised performance about the effects of war on women; and, Machinal (2015), for which he received a national award from the Kennedy Center as “Distinguished Director of a Play.” In 2004, he was received a faculty fellowship to the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center, and he returned to the O’Neill in 2010 for the National Puppetry Conference. In 2013, he was awarded the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) “Innovation in Teaching Prize” for Region 6. In 2016, McTier participated in the Dramaturgy Intensive at the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center.

Named to Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, he spent seventeen summers teaching gifted and talented high school students at the governors programs in Georgia (Governor’s Honors Program), Virginia (Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts), and Missouri (Missouri Fine Arts Academy). Dr. McTier also taught high school for one year and continues to hold Texas teacher certification in theatre arts for grades 6-12. He also oversees all theatre majors at SHSU pursuing teacher certification.

Keenly interested in different lands and cultures, Dr. McTier has traveled throughout the U.S. and to 56 countries. He was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar to Kosovo, where he taught at the University of Prishtina and directed Njerëz Me Shresa Të Thyera (“Men with Broken Hopes”) at the National Theatre. Upon returning, he served a three-year appointment on the Fulbright National Review Committee for the Balkans. In 2016, he received an NEH grant to attend the Summer Institute “American Muslims: History, Culture and Politics” in DC. He recently finished a year abroad as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania with assignments at the University of Bucharest and UNATC in Bucharest (Fall 2016) and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj (Spring 2017).


Ph.D., Theatre History and Criticism, University of Texas, 1995
Thesis: A Crisis In Criticism: A Defense Of Two “Postmodern” Productions, Oscar Brockett, Supervisor

M.A., Theatre, Indiana University, 1984
Thesis: The Emergence Of London’s Illegitimate Theatres during the Early Eighteenth Century, Leigh Woods, Supervisor

A.B., Drama, Honors Program, University of Georgia, 1981
Thesis: Drama Certification and Georgia’s Solution: The Drama Specialist, Faye Head, Supervisor


Texas Teacher Certification: Secondary Theatre Arts, Grades 6-12