Raymond Caldwell

Founder and Artistic Director, 32nd season

Playwright and Director- Did You Hear Thunder 

Raymond Caldwell, founder of the Texas Shakespeare Festival, has worked for Kilgore College for 41 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 in 1995, he was 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 in 1986, Tartuffe in 1989, The Glass Menagerie in 2004, The Miracle Worker, which was invited by the World Institute of Theatre and Film to perform at Peking University in Beijing, China, in 2005, The Foreigner in 2013, and Noises Off in 2014. From 2008 to 2011 he served as one of the international adjudicators for the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival held in Hong Kong. In 2007 he retired from teaching to work full-time as the director of the Festival. He has been honored as an “outstanding graduate” by both Benton High School and the University of North Texas. In 2012 he directed a reprise of his adaptation of The Book of Luke as a TSF fundraiser starring Meaghan and Matthew Simpson. He holds a master’s degree in theatre from the University of North Texas and has studied with Kristin Linklater and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is married to Anna Waldron, speech instructor at Kilgore College, and they have one son, Brent, who is an attorney in Houston.

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