Fall 2018

Our fall production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been invited to perform at the upcoming KCACTF Region 6 Festival to be held in late February in Abilene!

Summer 2018

The day after graduation, I took a 16-hour flight from Houston to Taipei and spent the next three weeks in Asia, visiting Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Macau. After a long-weekend reunion at the family farm in Dearing, Georgia, to celebrate my father’s 90th birthday, I moved to Berry College (an hour north of Atlanta), where I spent almost five weeks teaching at the Governor’s Honors Program, which is a summer residential program for gifted and talented high schoolers. After the program ended, I visited friends in north Georgia, saw Serenbe’s Titanic, and then returned to the farm to celebrate my mom’s upcoming 90th birthday. On the long drive back to Texas, I paused for a personal retreat at Roosevelt State Park in Mississippi and made it back in time to rent and move to a new apartment in Conroe. I’ll unpack this week and then return to school next week. What a busy summer…if only this terrible heat would end!

Asia in May

I have just begun a three-week trip to Asia with stops in Taiwan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. This is my first trip to Asia, and I’m very excited to have another travel adventure!

The pics below are from my arrival day in Taipei, where I visited one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, the Taipei 101.

ACUE Effective Teaching Practices

I recently finished ACUE’s year-long course in “Effective Teaching Practices,” which has afforded me new methods (and reminded me of old ones) that will improve my skills as a teacher. This picture was taken after our awards dinner, when we were presented our certificates. This course will be repeated next year at SHSU, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to participate.


Visiting Mr. Green

Visiting Mr. Green at Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas

This is the play I recently directed at Unity Theatre in Brenham. The production featured Ryan Schabach as Ross and Ralph Ehntholt as Mr. Green. Production stills were provided by Scott Hill of Brenham Portrait Gallery.

Roamin’ Romania, a photobook chronicling my year in Romania as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, is available on Amazon.com.


TAMUC Talk/Class

Not just another college play…

What are we teaching and learning with each production?

Pedagogy Handout

Index card activity: My “best” college production? Not the title but the why

Context: The return from Kosovo

Dying for It (Moira Buffini, based on Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide)

The Trojan Women (Gilbert Murray)

Travis Prokop

Machinal (Sophie Treadwell)

Men with Broken Hopes (company-adapted from Shaip Grabovci’s Albanian play)

Google Docs

SHqIP Selection

An exception: Cardenio


Upcoming Season

We finalized our season for the 2018-2019 academic year here at SHSU:

Fall Semester

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
music by Jacques Brel with English lyrics by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman
directed by Laura Avery

adapted from Shakespeare’s play by Guy Roberts
directed by Tom Prior

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
play by Stephen Simons, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
directed by David McTier
KCACTF participating entry

Spring Semester

Our Lady of 121st Street
by Stephen Guirgis
directed by TBA (our new directing professor)

by Moira Buffini
directed by Penny Hasekoester

music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
directed by Kyle Craig-Bogard and Kevin Crouch

There also will be 3-4 student-directed productions as part of our Director’s Debut.