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.
Associate Professor, Voice

Kevin Crouch, M.F.A.
Assistant Chair/Assistant Professor, Acting,Movement,Stage Management

Kyle Craig-Bogard, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Dance

Dain Geist, M.F.A.
Lecturer, Acting

Nicholas Graves, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Scene Design

Eric Gundersen, D.M.A.
Clinical Assistant Professor,

Kristina S. Hanssen,M.F.A.
Department Chair/Professor, Costume Design, Technology

Penelope Hasekoester, M.F.A.
Associate Dean, Acting, Directing

Victoria Lantz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, Theatre History

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

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

Patrick Pearson, M.F.A.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Directing, Stage Management, Acting

Thomas Prior, M.F.A.
Professor, Acting

Karen Rees, D.M.A.
Lecturer , Voice

Donna Hinds Sawyers, M.M.
Lecturer, Voice

Pamala Vogel, M.F.A.
Lecturer, Theatre Appreciation

Amanda Waites, M.F.A.
Lecturer, Voice


Craig Brossman, B.F.A.
Facility Manager, Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Theatre Technical Director 

George Curry, M.F.A.
Costume Shop Supervisor

Malcolm Nichols, B.F.A.
Theatre Technical Coordinator

Katie Prior, B.F.A.
Theatre Manager

James B. Shields, B.L.S.
Box Office Manager, College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications

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

Charly Topper, B.F.A.
Scenic Artist, Painter

Paula Turner, B.A.
Administrative Associate II

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