Carlen Gilseth

Man in green shirt
M.F.A. Directing

Favorite Memory of T&D:

The Dying Swan with Bud Coleman, friendship with Dave McTier and Joanie Brownrigg, The Journey with Allen Robertson, and Pippin with Rod Caspers.

Influential Professors or Classes:

Oscar Brockett, Gordon Peacock, Tom Whitaker, Coleman Jennings, Susan Tsu, Sharon Vasquez

Currently Living In:

The Woodlands, Texas


Director of Theatre, The Woodlands High School


Carlen Gilseth received a master of fine arts in directing from the University of Texas where he was research assistant to Oscar Brockett. Prior to coming to The Woodlands High School in 1993, he taught acting at UT, Box Office Management at the University of Arizona, and Technical Theatre at Montgomery College. He also acted professionally for two seasons at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, Minnesota. He has served on the Texas Thespians State Adult Advisory Board and has been elected by the theatre teachers of Texas as the Texas Thespian State Chapter Director. He has served on the board for the Texas Educational Theatre Association and was director of the 2004 TETA Convention. He was instrumental in our department receiving the TETA Institutional Member Status with his establishment of the technical theatre program.

His students have received many scholarships to theatre conservatories and outstanding schools, colleges and Universities and are currently on Broadway, regional theatres, and in film and television. He has taken a play to UIL State four times and was State Champion in 2000 for The Shadow Box. Under his direction, TWHS has won the International Thespian Society/Educational Theatre Association Outstanding School Award in 2000 and 2007. His tech students have twice won the ITS/EdTA Outstanding Technical Student Award. In the summer of 2001 he received the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship and spent three weeks in Japan.