Carolyn Houston Boone, Associate Professor of acting and directing, has directed over 30 productions for the School of Theatre & Dance's main stage seasons. Titles included: Skin of Our Teeth, The Three Sisters, Our Town and Top Girls. Teaching at SOTD for 24 years, her advanced signature courses include Acting in a Comedy, Style, Acting with the Physical, and Five Approaches to Acting. An Equity member acting in local theatres, favorite roles include: M in Catastrophic's Crave, Thelma in Unity's Night Mother, and Miss Lynch in Grease at TUTS.
With a 30-year career, she has served on numerous panels, boards, and has presented at a myriad of festivals and conferences. These events include judging/performing the New Play Series at Stages Repertory Theatre, paneling the Women's Playwright Festival, directing the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (Moe's Lucky Seven), serving as a panel member for Texas Playwrights, and being a speaker for Houston Theatre Network, Houston Access Channel, Young Audiences of Houston, Women in Theatre, and KUHF Front Row series. She has presented acting workshops for the Texas Educational Theatre Association and served on the Houston Arts Alliance panel dispersing funds and grants to local performing groups.
Ms. Boone's professional directing credits include: Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street, Miller Outdoor Theatre, New Heights, Strand Street (Galveston), Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and ten seasons with the Children's Theatre Festival. Directing twelve years with Houston Shakespeare Festival, she has directed 2010 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2006 Titus Andronicus and 2005 Hamlet. She has worked on over 20 training video industrials in the areas of directing, scripting, casting, producing and acting.
She received a University of Houston Teacher Excellence Award and a Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication. She has a BA in english and speech from Louisiana Tech University, an MFA in english from Sam Houston, and an MFA in theatre from the University of Houston. She studied with Janet McTeer and Richard Eyre at the Royal National Theatre Acting Program, and studied for ten years with Master teacher Jose Quintero