Raymond Caldwell

Founder and Artistic Director, 33rd season

Director- The Belle of Amherst

Raymond Caldwell, Founder and Artistic Director of the Texas Shakespeare Festival, has worked for Kilgore College for 44 years, serving as the Chairman of the Theatre Department for 25 of those years and as Director of the Fine Arts Division from 1983-1990. In 1992 and 1995, he was the Kilgore College nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Professor Award and the first recipient of the Hamilton F. and Kathryn G. Beeson teaching award. Before coming to Kilgore College he taught Drama, speech, French and English at Kilgore High School, and from 1970 -1976 he was an Assistant Professor of Speech and Drama at Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, his undergraduate alma mater. He has directed more than 100 productions including the TSF première of The Daisy Bradford 3 (1986); Tartuffe (1989; The Glass Menagerie (2004); The Miracle Worker (2005), which was invited to perform at Peking University in Beijing, China; The Foreigner (2013); Noises Off (2014); The Belle of Amherst (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018); and Did You Hear Thunder? (2017), which he also wrote. From 2008 to 2011, he served as one of three international adjudicators for the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Book of Luke, which he adapted and directed, featuring Meaghan and Matthew Simpson, will reappear in December as the Festival’s Christmas production. In 2007, he retired from teaching to devote full time to the Festival. Both Benton (AR) High School and the University of North Texas have honored him as a notable graduate. He earned a master’s degree in theatre from the University of North Texas and studied with Kristin Linklater and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is married to Anna Waldron, retired Kilgore College speech instructor, and they have one son, Brent, who is an attorney in Houston.

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