Participation in Austin College Theatre is open to all students, including majors, minors, and non-majors. Throughout the season, Austin College Theatre provides students with opportunities for acting, directing, designing, construction, technical positions, running crew, and house management. Austin College productions range from classics to modern hits, encompassing both tragic and comedic aspects of theatre.
The event takes place on Saturday, May 4th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. There are four sets in all, each performed with a brief 10-minute intermission, and with a 1-hour dinner break at 7:00 p.m.
The same core group of performers improvises all four sets consecutively, making this an 8-hour improvathon that we call “Epic Improv.”
3:00 – 5:00 – Set #1
5:00 – 7:00 – Set #2
8:00 – 10:00 – Set #3
10:00 – 12:00 – Set #4
All performances are free.
Meet the Faculty & Staff
Dr. Kirk Everist is a professor and coach of the Austin College Improv Troupe. He teaches the Development of Dramatic Arts, Acting, and Shapers of the Modern Theatre. He has directed many theatrical performances at Austin College including Into the Woods, Twelfth Night, and When We Dead Awaken. He will be directing the upcoming production of The Emperor of the Moon.
Liz Banks officially joined the faculty of the Austin College Theatre Department in 2011. Classes she has taught include Set and Light, Costume and Makeup, Intro to Theatre, and Approaching Design. She has also taught several topics courses such as Stage Management and Game Design Aesthetics. She has designed set and lights for many theatrical productions at Austin College.
Dan Pucul graduated in 2004 with degrees in Communication Arts and Psychology. While spending a year in Los Angeles, Dan acted in several productions at Zombie Joe's Underground Playhouse. He went on to get an MA in drama from Texas Woman's University, where he served as the Graduate Shop Foreman Assistant for two years. From there, he found employment at Theatre Three in Dallas as their technical director-- a position he retained for four years before returning to Sherman to work as Austin College's technical director.
Where are they now?
The Austin College theatre department has been graced with many wonderful Alumni. Here are the amazing things they have gone on to do.
Since graduating from the Austin College Anthropology and Theatre programs, I’ve joined the Peace Corps in Madagascar as a TEFL certified English teacher. During my first 2 years of service, I taught English to over 400 middle and high school students in the highlands of Madagascar and took part in many secondary projects including: massive… [Read More]
Michelle Davis Leverette graduated from Austin College with her BA in 1996 and her MAT in 1998. She is now a 7th grade science teacher in Arlington, TX. She also sings with her church’s praise band and a blues/jazz/groove band called Pi 4 vi (Pie for Six). Michelle is also a blessed mother of two… [Read More]
Dan Pucul was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega Nu Kappa chapter his sophomore year at Austin College and graduated in 2004 with degrees in Communication Arts and Psychology. While spending a year in Los Angeles, Dan acted in several productions at Zombie Joe’s Underground Playhouse. Dan went on to get an MA in drama from Texas… [Read More]
Julia D’Ambrosi was a theatre scholarship recipient, and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Communication Arts (Theatre Emphasis). She recently adapted and directed Twelfth Night for 4th-7th graders at Highwood Theatre. Her recent roles include Manny Swartz in Highwood’s immersive murder- mystery Everyone’s a Critic and customers in the Helen Hayes Recommended Parfumerie at… [Read More]
Melinda Massie is a performing arts marketing coach, published author, and performer. She helps performers and performing arts organizations channel their creativity and storytelling for the stage into their marketing. She also teaches marketing courses for TCU Extended Education. Prior to performing arts marketing, Melinda had award-winning careers in ballroom dance, event management, and professional… [Read More]
A recent graduate of Austin College, Ashley “Hopper” Jump has pursued the two things she loves: designing and working with people. Since starting her job with Dr. Delphinium Designs and Events, she is also taking custom costume design orders in her spare time. She hopes to continue this for many years to come, and hopefully… [Read More]