Contact: Gary Cooper
Info Sheet | Academics
University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance Mission:
We develop arts professionals grounded in
creativity, collaboration, critical-thinking and craftsmanship.
Why study Theatre Education at The University of Houston?
Our well-rounded Theatre Education degree plan trains students in all areas of theatre arts, while simultaneously providing hands-on teaching opportunities throughout their experience!
Professional partnerships in the city of Houston, and a commitment to a high level of practical experience both on stage and in technical theatre, help our students be incredibly well prepared to enter the profession as highly qualified theatre education professionals.
BFA Theatre Education Degree Plan
Our theatre education students work collaboratively with the entire School of Theatre & Dance faculty. Our theatre education faculty members are dedicated to serving students who are passionate about becoming teachers, education directors and teaching artists. The School of Theatre & Dance commits two highly experienced theatre education faculty members to guide students from entry into our program through certification on a career path in four years.
Charles "Gary" Cooper
Charles “Gary” Cooper teaches methods courses in teaching theatre and manages the pre-service teaching experience. Prior to working as a professor at UH, Gary was at Lone Star College- Tomball where he served as the Performing Arts Center Manager, Theatre department technical director, drama professor and Art department program coordinator. Before joining the Lone Star College System, he taught High School Theatre in the North Houston area for 20 years, serving as the Theatre Department Chair for 15 years. He received his Master of Education degree from Lamar University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tarleton State University. He is an active member of the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization where he serves as an adjudicator and contest manager for high school University Scholastic League One-Act Play contests. Gary is also the Houston Arts Partners University cadre chair.
What our students have to say:
"The B.F.A. Theatre Education program here at UH has prepared me not only as a future educator but also as a artist, collaborator and leader. Through this program I've had a multitude of hands-on opportunities that have shaped the very roots of my teaching philosophy. As a student it's been a very unique experience to be able to learn in-depth processes in a classroom and to then see those processes come to life in an internship or student-led after-school program. This program also emphasizes the importance of meeting and connecting with existing professionals to gain perspective of the teaching career field through the encouragement of professional development opportunities. I'm proud to be a part of this program, and I encourage any student thinking of pursing a career in theatre education to take the leap here."
Mason Patterson, Class of 2017
"Because of this program, I have had experiences working both in school classrooms and with children's theaters, and I feel so much more confident working with students. I now know exactly why I want to teach theatre, and how many different opportunities there for me to do it. And what's more, I feel confident that I can get out there and be successful at it."
Autumn Simpson, Class of 2016
"As a senior in the BFA Theatre Education program at the University of Houston, I truly believe that I have received the tools to thrive within the classroom. I have had the opportunity to work on things like our collaborative study guides, and I was able to have wonderful experiences collaborating with our faculty and other majors within productions…And our education does not end within the school walls. In my four years at the school, I have met many educators and great advocates for theatre education through my participation in outside events such as TETA, Society for the Performing Arts and Houston Arts Partners. At UH, I have been able to network and create relationships that will only further my teachings in my future classroom."
Sarah DeVito, Class of 2016