President, UH Faculty Senate
Steven W. Wallace assumed the position of Director of the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance in 2007. Prior to that he served as Dean of the School of Theatre at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Previous to his arrival at Florida State, Mr. Wallace was the Director of the School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Artistic Director of University Theatre.
Professor Wallace received his Bachelor of Science degree in Drama and Speech/English at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M Kingsville), and his Master of Fine Arts degree at Trinity University through its professional conservatory located at the Dallas Theatre Center. He was an Associate Professor and Director of Theatre at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he was granted tenure, and where he also served as Director/Chair of the School of Communications and Fine Arts. He has been an Assistant Professor/Technical Director at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Executive Vice President for Development at Dreamvision Corporation, Inc., and Vice President of Pan American Pictures Corporation in Beverly Hill, California.
Professor Wallace's major areas of professional research and creative activity lie in the fields of new play development and directing. Most recently he served as Associate Producer for the Broadway production of Prymate, originally developed and premiered at FSU. He is a frequent collaborator of Mark Medoff’s, having produced and directed a number of his plays including the recently published drama Gunfighter: A Gulf War Chronicle and the production of A Christmas Carousel, starring Phyllis Frelich in the role of Scrooge. His work on the Medoff/Frelich production of Road to Revolution at Deaf West Theatre garnered him a Robbie Theatre L.A. nomination for Best Lighting Design. While serving as Director of the School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma he produced and directed the world premiere of the musical The Great Unknown, written by Bill Hauptman (Big River) and Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinette) a co-production with Dodger-Endemol and Max Weitzenhoffer and the musical Jack, starring John Cullum, a co-production with Max Weitzenhoffer Productions. His career as producer/director and designer includes work with Maureen Stapleton, Kim Stanley, Greer Garson, Hal Kanter, Tony Church, Preston Jones, Jane Alexander, Ed Sherin, Robert Walden, Phyllis Frelich, and his friend and collaborator playwright Mark Medoff.
As a recognized leader in Theatre, Professor Wallace is an active participant in the professional community at large. He contributes his expertise and leadership to major regional and national professional associations and has served on the national panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. . He continues his commitment to his own artistic activity within the context of a very full schedule of pedagogical and administrative responsibilities.
Steve is married to Elizabeth (“Beth”) Berkley-Wallace, and they have two children.