THEATRE TCU HISTORY
Jane Collier was born in Fluvanna, Texas, located about
90 miles northwest of Abilene, in 1924. She earned a
BA from Abilene Christian College (now University) in
1946, an MA from the University of Iowa in 1947, and
a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1957. Her early
teaching years included one year on the theatre faculty
at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (1949-50),
a ten year stint at her undergraduate alma mater, Abilene
Christian College (from 1950 to 1960), three years at
Idaho State University (1960-1963), and four years at
Sam Houston State College (now University) in Huntsville
(1963-67). Dr. Collier joined the TCU theatre department
in 1967 and remained on the faculty until her retirement
24 years later in 1991. more...
“Hank” E. Hammack was born in Kansas City,
Kansas, in 1928. He attended Whitman College in Walla
Walla, Washington as a piano student, then served in
the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1953 as Morse
code radio operator. He returned to the University of
Washington School of Drama where he earned a BA in 1956,
and an MA in 1962. Later, he was to earn his Ph.D. in
theatre from Tulane University in 1967. He joined the
theatre faculty at TCU in 1957, and taught at TCU for
37 years until his retirement in 1994. more...
Nancy McCauley is a native of Illinois and served on the Theatre faculty at TCU from 1979 until 2008. Her primary areas of concentration were in scene design, scene painting, theatre graphics, and rendering. While at TCU, Nancy designed hundreds of sets for theatre, opera and dance. She is a member of the United Scenic Artists professional union, United State Institute of Theatre Technology, Southwest Theatre and Film Association, and the Texas Educational Theatre Association. more...
FORREST A. NEWLIN
Newlin was born in Emporia, Kansas, in 1938. From Kansas
State Teachers College (now Emporia State University),
he earned a BA in Theatre/Art, a BSE (secondary teaching
degree) in Speech/History, and an MS degree in Speech/Theatre.
During his undergraduate career, he served as student
body president. Later he earned a Ph.D. in Speech and
Dramatic Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Volbach was born in Mainz, Germany in 1897. He was educated
at the University of Tuebingen, University of Munich,
and received his Ph.D. from the University of Munster
in Westphalia in 1920, completing his dissertation on
“The Development of Realism on the German Stage.”
In the 1920’s he was an assistant to Max Reinhardt
at the Deutsche Theatre in Berlin, and for the next
fifteen years or so, Dr. Volbach himself worked as a
stage director of plays and operas at the State Theatres
in Stuttgart and Berlin, at the Municipal Theatres in
Zurich, Danzig and Kiel, and at Vienna’s Volkstheater
and Volksopera. He also served as an instructor at academies
in Berlin, Vienna, and Kiel. more...