Faculty and Staff
Division 3: Arts, Humanities, Media, and Technology
Office: TECH 123
Front Desk: 281.290.5273
Office: TECH 123
The drama department is led by the following full-time faculty members:
AARON ALON, Drama Lead Faculty, Associate Professor of Music
Office: ART 113J
D.M.A. in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2009
Aaron Alon’s music has been performed around the world, released on several CDs, and awarded numerous national and international honors. In addition to being an Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College-CyFair, Dr. Alon directs the composition program at the American Festival for the Arts. Since 2009, he has also been highly active as an emerging playwright and musical theatre composer-lyricist. A Broadway World review of highlights from his musical BULLY praised it as having "relevant and timely themes, an intriguing score, and remarkable talent behind every aspect of this musical." BULLY is slated to be produced as an independent film by Houston’s Thunderclap Productions, a company he helped found to champion new and underrepresented plays and musicals. Dr. Alon is a member of ASCAP, DGA, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mu Phi Epsilon. Learn more at aaronalon.com.
JEFF WAX, Associate Professor of Theater
Office: ART 113B
M.F.A. in Theatre Directing, 2001
Jeff Wax is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lone Star College-CyFair and a member of Actor’s Equity. He was formerly the artistic director of the Dark Water Theatre Company in Portland, Maine. As an actor, Jeff has performed throughout the US and also at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival, The Chekhov Theater Festival in the Ukraine, and in London. Jeff earned his M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Jeff has also been a member of the artistic staff of The Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, VA; the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville; the Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT; and the Asolo Theater in Sarasota, FL.
The drama department is further supported through a network of award-winning adjunct instructors:
DEBORAH ANDERSON, Costume Design, Make Up, Theatre Appreciation
M.F.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 2004
Deborah L. Anderson is a Costume Designer and Actor. She has experience teaching Theatre Appreciation, Acting, Costume, Wig Design and Stage Make-up. Recent performance credits include Happy Hour for Lanfour Productions as well as performing here in …and Miss Reardon drinks A little. Other performance credits include True West, Trojan Women, Titus Andronicus, and The Mikado. As a local Costume Designer she has designed costumes for Main Street Theater; Houston Shakespeare Festival; Unity Theatre; Children’s Theatre Festival of Houston; Lone Star CyFair; and Houston Community College Southwest. In addition to design, she has worked constructing costumes at several regional theatres including Utah Shakespeare Festival, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Indiana Repertory Theatre.
MATTHEW BECKHAM, Voice for Theatre, Stage Movement, Theatre Appreciation
Matt Beckham is an actor, writer, director and teacher who cut his teeth acting with Off and Off Off Broadway theatre companies in NYC. He directed his original Blues musical "Blues Like Rain" as an Off Broadway production at the Lambs Theatre in Time Square. His one act "The Odor of the Altar" received a full production with the Zena Group at One Dream Theatre and a staged reading with The Lark Theatre. He has performed his original music at venues around Manhattan (see Beckham's Music) . He has performed in film and TV with an impressive array of actors: Colin Hanks, Minka Kelly, Tom Berenger, Lance Henriksen and Cuba Gooding Jr. Matt Beckham is a member of SAG. The trailer for his most recent acting gig can be seen here: "Daylight's End". His acting reel and further credits can be viewed here: www.imdb.me/mattbeckham.
LAURA GRAYSON, Theatre Appreciation
B.A. in Musical Theatre, West Texas A&M, 2007
Laura Grayson received her B.A. in Musical Theatre from West Texas A&M University and while there landed her first professional acting role, playing Kate in TEXAS: A Musical Drama in the Palo Duro Canyon. She later earned her M.F.A in Acting at The University of Arkansas. During her time at the University of Arkansas, Laura also served as managing director for The Step 1 Theatre Company in Fayetteville Arkansas. Post graduation at the University of Arkansas, Laura moved to New York City. She worked alongside the Step 1 Theatre as their soundboard operator at the Fringe Festival in 2011. Laura worked again with Step 1 Theatre in conjunction with Double Down Productions as a stage manager for their production of Miss Julie at the Producer’s Club. Laura acted in both Macbeth and Hamlet with Double Down Productions, and later toured the production of Hamlet to elementary and high schools in New Jersey. Laura performed in several new theatre works with the C.A.G.E Theatre Company, including the debut of the short-play Our Darling Little Catherine at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She also performed the role of Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest with CLB Productions in Harlem.
ROBERT HURLBURT, Theatre Appreciation
M.A. in Theatre Production, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995
Robert Hurlburt received his Master of Arts in Theatre Production from Stephen F. Austin State University. He currently teaches Introduction to Theatre at Lone Star College, Cy-Fair, and studies with Philip Lehl at the Kim Tobin Acting Studio. He is active in local theatre, most recently assistant directing LSC Cy-Fair's Biloxi Blues and acting in Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center's Twelfth Night. He previously taught Theatre at La Marque High School and Dialects for Actors at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
BENJAMIN MASON, Technical Director, Stagecraft
M.F.A. in Theatrical Scenic Design, University of Alabama, 2005
Benjamin Mason studied Theatre and English at Hendrix College and earned a MFA in Theatrical Scenic Design from the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa. As part of his MFA program, he served a year-long internship at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, working as carpenter and (sometimes) assisting the technical director. He has created the scenic designs for over 50 productions, and assisted in or led the construction of more than 70 shows, during his career. He wishes to thank his family for their love and support; Elaine, Joseph, and William. Some of his favorite designs include: The Mikado, The Glass Menagerie, The Liar, and Into the Woods.
|CAROL WORSNOP, Theatre Appreciation
M.F.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 2005
B.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 1999
Carol Worsnop is originally from London, England where she first experienced theatre as a young child. She studied theatre throughout her secondary education and it was natural to her to continue her passion at university. She holds a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Houston. As part of her training there she studied with Edward Albee, Sir Peter Hall and Jose Quintero as well as her mentor Dr. Sidney Berger. For several years she assisted Mr. Albee as the producer of the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop at UH, and also directed several of the plays.