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LSC-Kingwood theatre director earns prestigious award

Eric Skiles

A person’s success is measured by the performance of those who are influenced by their work.

Not only is Eric Skiles recognized for his work through his students’ success, he has also been recognized by earning many prestigious awards. Recently, he was named Texas Educational Theatre Association’s (TETA) 2016 College/University Educator of the Year. Skiles is the artistic of theatre and a professor of theatre at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this award. I look at the list of past recipients and I am amazed that my colleagues would consider me to be ‘on par’ with this amazing group of educators,” Skiles said. “In a discipline that focuses almost exclusively on performance, it is nice to be recognized for teaching excellence.”

Skiles has been a member of TETA since 1994, his second year of teaching in public schools. He was nominated for this award by his colleagues in TETA and the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCSTA). His service, skill and commitment with TCCSTA and TETA were two of many factors listed in his nomination.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Eric Skiles as a colleague and friend for the past 12 years. In that time, I have found Eric to be a shining example of a professional, as well as a highly talented director and educator,” said Bradley Nies, theatre director at Blinn College-Brenham. “This award also serves as recognition for Eric’s outstanding accomplishments as a theatre director, as well as an important member of TETA and TCCSTA.”

Skiles has performed on stage in theatre and dance since kindergarten. He used his talents and experience in the field to become a visual and performing arts teacher in 1993. He taught theatre for six years in public schools and earned his formal training in theatre while in graduate school.

“I love how the arts require a knowledge base of all subjects – particularly history and sociology. I love how theatre challenges me creatively on multiple levels – as a visual artist, director of actors, an organized producer, and as a teller of stories,” Skiles said.

After completing graduate school, Skiles was hired as a theatre professor at LSC-Kingwood. As artistic director, his goal is to make theatre a creative outlet for students – whether as actors or theatre technicians. Students are prepared to become educators or professional theatre workers.

“We hope our productions entertain and educate our students and our audiences,” he said. “We also strive to offer a broad view of theatrical work – musicals, comedies, classics, children’s shows, dramas, histories and sociopolitical work.”

In addition to earning TETA’s College/University Educator of the Year award, Skiles has also earned LSC-Kingwood Faculty Excellence Award with NISOD in 2010, Outstanding Graduate Part-Time Instructor at Texas Tech University in 2002-2003, Secondary Teacher of the Year at Sands Consolidated ISD in 1999-2000 and Elementary Teacher of the Year at Sands Consolidated ISD in 1999-2000.

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