Staff Contact:

Kayla Kilgore
Staff Assistant

Phone:  832.482.1045
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
Phone:  281.290.3551
Aaron.Alon@lonestar.edu

D.M.A. in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2009
M.M. in Composition, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2005
B.A. with Honors in Music, University of Chicago, 2003

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
Phone: 281.290.3526
Jeffrey.Wax@lonestar.edu

M.F.A. in Theatre Directing, 2001
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1976

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
Deborah.Anderson@lonestar.edu

M.F.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 2004
B.F.A. in Theatre, Southwest Texas State University, 1994

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 TheatreChildren’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
Matthew.W.Beckham@lonestar.edu

M.A. in Theatre, Binghamtom University, 2013
B.F.A. in Acting, Baylor University, 1991

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.

PAUL HOUPT, Theatre Appreciation
Paul.K.Houpt@lonestar.edu

M.F.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 2009
B.A. in Theatre, University of Houston, 1983

A native Houstonian and a company member of the Alley Theatre, he recently appeared in The Farnsworth Invention and Agatha Christie's Black Coffee.  He has appeared on the Alley stages for 16 seasons in a wide range of roles, including Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, Officer O'Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace, Charles in The Clean House, Gavin in House and Garden, Richard in Hay Fever, Arthur in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Serge in Art, Miles Gloriousus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Frederick in Noises Off, and Sgt. "Froggy" Le Seuer in The Foreigner, among many others.  His musical theatre roles include Rohne in Grand Hotel and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth, Beauregard in Mame, Bienstock in Sugar and M. Renaud in La Cage.  He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat at Houston Grand Opera, and most recently took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.  He recently directed 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Rice University and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Zombie Prom at the University of Houston.  He is the Artistic Director for Bayou City Concert Musicals.

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ROBERT HURLBURT, Theatre Appreciation
Robert.S.Hurlburt@lonestar.edu

M.A. in Theatre Production, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995
B.F.A. in Acting/Directing, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1993

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
Benjamin.L.Mason@lonestar.edu

M.F.A. in Theatrical Scenic Design, University of Alabama, 2005
B.A. in Theatre Arts/English, Hendrix College, 2002

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.