Perry Crafton (Associate Professor of Drama) holds the BFA from Sam Houston State University and the MFA from The University of Arizona. He comes to Austin Community College from West Texas A&M University where, for the past 12 years, he served as Director of the Theatre Program.
His work as a director has been recognized on the state, region and national levels through his participation in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival while at WTAMU. The five productions he directed for this festival received over 50 collective awards including two productions that were invited to perform at the Region VI Festival (The Old Boy in 2004, and Rabbit Hole in 2008). The Old Boy received the Richard A. Weaver Directors' Choice Award for the best production of the 2004 Region VI Festival.
He has also coached 14 Regional Finalists for the KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions including a National Finalist who performed at the Kennedy Center in 2004, and the Region VI First Runner–Up to the National Finals in 2010.
Prior to directing The Homage That Follows at ACC in the fall of 2012, he was guest director for The City Theatre in the spring of 2011 with Inherit the Wind.
Perry is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association where he has served on numerous committees including the Board of Directors as University Member-at-Large. He is a Past-Chair of the TETA Adjudicator's Organization for which he has been a member and a UIL One-Act Play Adjudicator since 1996. He has had the honor of judging the State One-Act Play Contest for Conferences AA (2004), A (2006), AAAAA (2010), AAAA (2012) and AAA (2013).
He teaches Acting I, Acting II, Voice & Diction and Introduction to Theatre. His professional website can be found at perrycrafton.wix.com/director.