Curriculum Vita

Adam Hester

ACU Box 27843
Abilene, TX 79699
325-674-2021 (w)
842 Chanticleers
Abilene, TX 79602
325-677-4155 (h)

Current Rank:
Chair, Department of Theatre

Formal Education:
M.F.A., Trinity University through the Dallas Theater Center, 1982
B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1977

ACU Theatre faculty member since 1982
Adjunct Instructor/Professional Staff, January 1981-August 1982

Courses currently taught at ACU include:

THEA 226 Beginning Acting Basic training in acting choices, stage technique, and creating a character. Involves scene work and character analysis. Fall offering for majors only, includes laboratory. Laboratory graded and credited with course.

THEA 353 Stanislavski/Method An exploration and practical application of method acting using exercises from Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Robert Lewis.

THEA 360 Musical Theatre Performance Workshop  Provides advanced training in the performance of musical theatre. Students learn techniques for singing, dancing and acting within the framework of musical scenes in a workshop atmosphere.

THEA 454 Beginning Directing Basic principles governing play structures, choice, and casting are discussed. Requires student directed scenes with lab.

THEA 455 Advanced Acting Advanced techniques in acting Shakespeare using soliloquies, monologues and duet scenes. Resources from Royal Shakespeare Company Master Classes.

THEA 456 Auditioning To equip the advanced acting student with necessary information for a professional career. Includes resumes, photos, cold readings, monologues, and information regarding Equity, U/RTA, and film.

THEA 460 Musical Theatre Directing Workshop Provides advanced training in the direction of musical theatre. With guidance from the instructors, students will direct peers in multiple workshop musical scenes, applying techniques of staging, analysis, and prompting with a musical theatre knowledge base.

Special Teaching Related Experience
Established Abilene Shakespeare Festival 1990
Study Abroad professor, Oxford,1999
Honors Colloquium on Censorship
Mentor intern program through university Chancellor’s office
Audition Workshop (each fall)
Coach Headshot photography sessions (fall)
Private Coaching for Unified Auditions:

  • U/RTA (University/Resident Theatre Association)
  • SETC (Southeast Theatre Conference)
  • NETC (Northeast Theatre Conference)
  • Strawhats Auditions
  • Various other

Conducted trip of Theatre majors to New York City, March 2005
Hosted Regional Christians in Theatre Arts convention, February 27-28, 1998

Academic Contributions
BFA degree approved
Majors Handbook created
Practicum Program installed
Weekly Theatre Chapel coordinator
Faculty Directing Mentor
New Course Proposals approved:

Theatrical Choreography (four classes: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern)
Musical Theatre Workshop – Performance
Musical Theatre Workshop – Directing
Stanislavski/Method Acting
Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic
Theatre Management

Special Performances/Presentations
Jacob’s Dream Dedication – special reading, September 9, 2006
Presentation for English Symposium – September 28, 2006
The Hunt for the Christian Artist (A Discussion on Vocation), published in Summer 2004 Centerstage
Drama in Worship – Zoë Conference (Nashville, TN) 2004
Colloquium on Censorship (March 2, 2003) – ACU
Public reading/Talk-back of my original play, By Any Other Name, August 11, 2002, Sewell Theatre.
Coordinated production of Cause For Complaint (on multi-cultural diversity) Faculty Pre-session, January 2001
Women for ACU Dinner, Feb. 22, 2000
President's Circle Dinner, Feb. 19, 2000
Abilene Woman's Club, Sept. 29, 1999
President's Circle Dinner, Teague Center, February 21, 1998
Don H. Morris Dinner, Abilene Civic Center, August 22, 1998
Abilene Woman's Club, October 2, 1998
Grace Museum, October 6, 1998

Professional Service
Audition preparation/coordination for ACU students attending the Southeast Theatre Conference – screening and final auditions (2006–current)
Created and Facilitated ACU Faculty Pre-Session Conference (January 11, 2004): The Craft of Teaching:  What Does It Mean to Be Incarnational as a Teacher?
Lilly Regional Conference Presentation:  Integrating Theatre into Faculty Development, March 2003, ACU
Program Review Committee for Theatre and Communication Gordon College, Wenham Mass (Nov 17-18, 2003)
Peer Review Panelist for Young Audiences, Abilene Texas (February 22, 2003)
Presented Creative Connections – Faculty Perceptions and Theatre Arts for CCCU Faculty Development Conference, Boston, Mass (May 30-June 1, 2002).
Grants Peer Review Committee for the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council (1997-2001)
Portfolio Workshop, September 13, 2002, CTE Resource
Voice/Diction Seminar Abilene High School Theatre, April 13, 1999
Seminar on musical theatre for Hardin Simmons Theatre Appreciation, October 16, 2002 and Oct. 14, 1998

Highland Church of Christ
Drama ministry (ongoing)
LifeTeam leaders for weekly covenant group (ongoing)
Meals on Wheels (weekly since 2001)
Bible Hour Program (1983-1990) at Southern Hills Church of Christ

University Committees
iPhone Research Group (2007- current)
Center for Christians and the Arts Committee (2007-Present)
Faculty Development Committee (2001- 2005)
University Calendar Committee (2001- current)
College of Arts & Sciences Tenure/Promotion Committee (1999-2001)
Strategic Marketing Council (2000)
Selection Committee for chairman of the Department of Art, 1998
Performing Arts Center planning committee (1998-2003)
WACU Sewell Theatre Archival Committee (2002-2004)
Learning, Faith and Religious Heritage Committee (2001-2003)

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Christians in Theatre Arts
Texas Educational Theatre Association

ACU Teacher of the Year 2007
Faith Integration Award (College of A & S) 2003-2004
Educator of the Year (College of A & S) 1998-99
Outstanding Teacher of the Year (College of A& S): 1994-95
Abby Awards/nominations for directing (Abilene Reporter News):

  • Romeo and Juliet (2006)
  • Pride’s Crossing (2005)
  • Godspell (2004)
  • Guys & Dolls (2003)
  • Jekyll & Hyde (2002)
  • The Three Sisters (2001)
  • Moon Over Buffalo (2000)
  • Cedar Gap Homecoming (1999)

American College Theatre Festival Award for directing 2000
Recipient of the Cullen Math/Science Grant 2002 –
Original play, By Any Other Name, based on the novel Jabez by
Thom Lemmons
Recipient of the Cullen Math/Science Grant 2004 –
Editor of duet acting scene book by playwrights of faith, Acts of Faith

Production Grants
Written and received (production underwriting)

  • Target
  • Bill and Ann Bradshaw Stokes Foundation
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Tobin Foundation
  • Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
  • The Community Foundation of Abilene

Additional Contributions
Promotional Materials (each year)

  • Season Ticket Brochure
  • CenterStage Newsletter
  • Production programs
  • Production posters
  • Television Advertising
  • News releases

Commissioned playwright to write on ethnic diversity and equality issues
(Performed for Faculty Pre-Session 1999)
Guest speaker -- fundraising dinner for the Performing Arts Center,
Dallas Crescent Court, April 29, 1999

For professional directing and acting work see résumé page