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!
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 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.
Not just another college play…
What are we teaching and learning with each production?
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)
Machinal (Sophie Treadwell)
Men with Broken Hopes (company-adapted from Shaip Grabovci’s Albanian play)
An exception: Cardenio
We finalized our season for the 2018-2019 academic year here at SHSU:
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
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.