Faculty & Staff

Dawne Meeks
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Acting/Directing/Dance

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1995
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1997
Actors' Equity Association
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Christians in Theatre Arts

Phone: 325-674-2065
Email: dns05b@acu.edu

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Adam Hester
Professor, Directing/Acting

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1977
M.F.A., Trinity University, 1982
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Phone: 325-674-2021
Email: hestera@acu.edu

Sandy Freeman
Associate Professor, Costuming/Design

B.A., Hardin-Simmons University, 1971
M.F.A., University of Oklahoma, 1975

Phone: 325-674-2956
Email: freemans@acu.edu

Kari Hatfield
Associate Professor, Voice and Movement

B.A., Oklahoma Christian University, 2000
M.F.A, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-2813
Email: kxh08a@acu.edu

Gary Varner
Professor, Tech/Design

B.A., Central State University, 1978
M.Ed., Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1989
M.F.A., Tulane University, 1992

Phone: 325-674-2376
Email: varnerg@acu.edu

Adjunct Faculty/Staff


Jeff Berryman
Adjunct Faculty, Capstone Course

B.A. Theatre, ACU, 1981
MDA U.T. Austin, 1984

Email: theatre@acu.edu

Donna Hester
Adjunct Faculty, Patron Services/Student Adviser

B.A., Trinity University, 1978
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1989

Phone: 325-674-2303
Email: hesterd@acu.edu

Linda Kemp
Administrative Coordinator

Email: linda.kemp@acu.edu

Jeannette Lipford
Vocal Director, Senior Faculty in Voice

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1949
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987

Email: lipfordj@acu.edu

Crystal J. Lewis
Guest Faculty, Dance

B.F.A in Dance, Southeast Missouri State University 
in Dance Performance and Choreography, 
Sam Houston State University 2012

Email: theatre@acu.edu

Andrew Wheeler
Technical Director 


Emmy-nominated Production Designer Nelson Coates

Alumnus Nelson Coates ('84) discusses faith and the film industry in ACU Theatre Chapel. Coates is known for Flight (with Denzel Washington), The Proposal (with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds), Secret in the Eyes (with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts) and the Emmy-winning Stephen King's The Stand.

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