Faculty and Staff

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.
Professor/Head of Musical Theatre Program
Voice, Musical Theatre History, Voice for the Actor

Kevin Crouch, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor,
Acting,Movement,Stage Combat

Kyle Craig-Bogard, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor,
Musical Theatre Dance, Auditioning for the Commercial Theatre

Aaron Brown, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor,
Directing, Acting, Voice

Macaela Carder, PhD.
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Theatre History, Play Analysis

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

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

Kristina S. Hanssen,M.F.A.
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

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

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

Karen Rees, D.M.A.
Lecturer , Voice

Donna Hinds Sawyers, M.M.
Lecturer, Voice

Amanda Waites, M.F.A.
Lecturer, Voice


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

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

Isaiah Parnell, A. A.
Sound and Lighting Supervisor

Katie Prior, M. Ed.,B.F.A.
Theatre Manager

James B. Shields, M.B.A., M.S.M.L. 
Box Office Manager,
College of Arts & Media

Charly Topper, B.F.A.
Theatre Technical Coordinator,Scenic Artist, Painter

Paula Turner, B.A.
Administrative Associate II