Coleman A. Jennings

Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities


Theatre Studies II: Theatre for Young Audiences, History and Philosophy of Creative Drama/Children's Theatre, Children's Dramatic Literature, Children's Dramatic Literature II: International, Youth Theatre Tour, Special Problems in Directing for Young Audiences, Creative Drama

What you enjoy most about being a part of UT Theatre and Dance:

One major aspect is that of students and faculty working/learning together in creating outstanding theatre for all audiences.

Something about yourself that we wouldn't know from reading your professional biography:

After serving two years as Children's Theatre director at Midland (Texas) Community Theatre and having taught at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) I was honored to join the UT Department of Drama (now Department of Theatre and Dance) faculty in 1963.

About Dr. Jennings:

Jennings has both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from UT and his doctorate from New York University and served as chair of the UT Department of Theatre for twelve years. During his tenure he recorded notable achievements in the areas of faculty recruitment and student scholarships, and helped establish the Endowed Chair in Theatre For Youth/Playwriting. He has directed over twenty productions at UT, as well as productions in Texas and Illinois and spearheaded the successful campaign to require theatre arts for all Texas elementary school children.

Jennings, who holds a Jesse H. Jones Professorship in Fine Arts, has received a Texas Educational Theatre Association Founder’s Award, is an inductee into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre of the Kennedy Center, and the College of Fellows of the Southwest Theatre Association, and in 1997 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He is recipient of a Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award, as well as a College of Fine Arts Outstanding Professor Award.

In 2004, the Department of Theatre and Dance produced his The Honorable Urashima Taro during a national children's theatre symposium held at the university in honor of his 40th year on the faculty, which was attended by children's theatre experts from around the nation. In 2011, he was awarded an Orlin Corey Medallion of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.