McMurry University 2014 Fall Commencement

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, December 8, 2014 11:12 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Charlie Hukill, Professor of Theatre at McMurry University and the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts in the School of Arts and Letters, will be the featured speaker at McMurry University’s 2014 Fall Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 13, in Radford Auditorium.

Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz, associate pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, will be the guest preacher at Baccalaureate service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, at Aldersgate.

Hukill holds a BFA in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University, an MFA in Design and Playwriting from Trinity University, via the Dallas Theater Center, and has completed an additional 60 hours of post graduate study in Fine Arts, with concentrations in Playwriting, Acting, Directing, and the Fine Arts, from Texas Tech University.  He holds the title of Technical Director/Designer for the Theatre program, but, like all McMurry Theatre faculty, is a generalist, teaching courses in Playwriting, Directing, Survey of Fine Arts, as well as Stagecraft, Scene Design, and Light Design.  After teaching at Hardin Simmons University for six years, Hukill joined McMurry in 1985.

Although some scholarship in the Fine Arts disciplines falls into the traditional categories associated with the term (empirical research, publishing, etc.) for many theatre artists it frequently comes in the form of performance and juried competition.  Hukill’s scholarship activities are found in this latter category.  Since 1979, he has designed sets for more than 100 productions, designed lights for over 90 productions, directed over 60 productions and performed roles in 39 plays, mostly in Texas, but also in Minnesota, Iowa, and Louisiana.   He has had two original scripts produced, Southbound, at Simpson College, in Iowa, for which he also designed the scenery, and Occupational Hazards, at Texas Tech and McMurry.  He has been seen locally in performances onstage at McMurry, the Abilene Community Theatre, HSU, ACU, and the Paramount Theatre.  He has also been a guest Scene Designer for ACT, ACU, the Paramount Theatre and Playmakers of Baton Rouge.  In addition, Hukill paints in oils and acrylics.  He has had four exhibitions of work at the Center for Contemporary Arts, where he is an active Signature Artist Member, and is scheduled to have another exhibition in the summer of 2016. 

Hukill is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association.  In addition to serving a term as Vice President for the College/University section of TETA, he is currently the nominee for the President Elect of TETA and is expected to begin that responsibility at the end of January.  He has also been very involved in the Adjudicator’s Organization of TETA.  For the AO, he has served on the Standards and Practices Committee, the Administrative Committee, and was Chair of that organization for two years.  He has been an approved Critic Judge for UIL one-act play competitions since 1980 and has judged at all levels, zone to state, A-AAAAA all across the state.  In Hukill was selected as the Educator of the Year for Colleges and Universities by the TETA.

Recognitions at McMurry include the Outstanding Faculty of the Year (2000), the Graduates’ Faculty Award (2001), the Gordon R. and Lola J. Bennett Award (2002), and the E.E. Hall Memorial Scholarship Award (2005).

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Hukill is married to Betty Hukill, Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre. 

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