Craig Edwards, board president

Craig holds the PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, in American Literature. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received the Master of Arts degree in English Literature. He is a graduate of Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, where he majored in English.

Craig has a deep passion for the arts & humanities.  His father, a drama and British Renaissance literature scholar & a theatre history instructor, took him to my first Shakespeare play at the age of three.  Craig’s family spent almost every summer of his teenage years seeing 6-10 plays at the Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.  He has acted in plays and musicals since sixth grade (playing leads like David in a musical version of David and Goliath and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).  Other acting experiences include: Taming of the Shrew, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Godspell, Pilgrim’s Progress, and The Merry Widow.  Craig has attended approximately 20 productions at the American Shakespeare Center and attended their Blackfriars conference.  He is familiar with and greatly enjoy their staging practices.

Furthermore, music has been a central part of Craig’s avocational life.  He “studied” piano, violin, and French horn, but vocal is his true love.  He sang in the Missouri All State Choir his junior and senior years in high school, the University of Missouri High School Honors Choir, and won the Outstanding Male Singer Award for the Missouri State High School Honors Choir Festival.  He enjoys singing major choral works by Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms, and Rutter.

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