Adam Hester

Adam Hester has served as chair for the department of Theatre at Abilene Christian University since 1991. During his tenure he helped restructure the department into a leading presence for training Christian theatre artists establishing a rigorous acting and auditioning process producing students who are competitive in both professional and academic arenas. He was named ACU Teacher of the Year in 2007 and College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year in 1994 and 1998.   He established the Abilene Shakespeare Festival in 1990 bringing free Shakespearean plays to a broad West Texas audience every summer. Since joining the faculty in 1981 he has directed numerous musicals, dinner theatres and Shakespeare productions. Some of his favorites include Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Aida, Jane Eyre, Evita, Shadowlands, The Three Sisters and Noises Off. Adam has had the opportunity to serve on several university committees and initiatives at ACU including consulting on the design team for the $17 million Williams Performing Arts Center, the iPhone Research Team; Def Jam Poets committee advocate; the task force to create a Center for Christians and the Arts at ACU; and numerous other satisfying committees. Through the department of Theatre he coordinates a weekly Theatre Chapel led by his faculty and staff exploring the theology of being a believer and artist. Adam also spearheads the recycling efforts of the Williams Performing Arts Center. He is a member of the Highland Church where he is invested in the Sojourners Class.  He and his wife, Donna Hester, have three children:  Conrad, Jenavene and Gillian.