Faculty & Staff

University Theatre Center

The faculty of the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre consists of scholars and professional artists in theatre, musical theatre, directing, acting and design.

The full time faculty have worked as professional actors, designers, stage manager, or technical directors many are members of theatre organizations such as Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Texas Educational Theatre Association, The Voice and Speech Trainers' Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Opera America, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

It is these dedicated men and women devoted to sharing their wisdom and passion for the arts with aspiring performers that gives Sam Houston Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre the reputation for keeping the performing arts alive.


Laura Avery, D.M.A.
Head of Musical Theatre

Liz Freese, M.F.A.
Scene Design, Scene Painting

Kristina S. Hanssen, M.F.A.
Costume Designer

Penelope Hasekoester, M.F.A.
Chair, Acting, Directing

Eric Marsh, M.F.A.
Lighting, Sound

Maureen V. McIntyre, M.F.A.

David McTier, Ph.D.
Dramaturgy, Theatre History, Secondary Education

Thomas Prior, M.F.A.
Associate Chair, Acting


Craig Brossman, B.F.A.
Theatre Technical Coordinator

April Keith, M.F.A.
Costume Shop Supervisor

Larry Routh, B.F.A.
Facility Manager, Performing Arts Center

Katie Stefaniak, B.F.A.
Theatre Manager

William N. Thomas, B.F.A.
Theatre Productions Coordinator

Paula Turner, B.A.
Administrative Secretary II

Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre
Box 2297, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2297
Phone: (936) 294-1329 | E-mail: theatre@shsu.edu

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