Perry Crafton, M.F.A.
Dean, Arts and Digital Media
Perry Crafton is currently Dean of Arts & Digital Media at Austin Community College. From 1998-2010 he served as Director of the Theatre Program for West Texas A&M University.
His work as a theatre director has been recognized on the state, region and national levels through his participation in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival while at WTAMU. The five productions he directed for this festival received over 50 collective awards including two productions that were invited to perform at the Region VI Festival (The Old Boy in 2004, and Rabbit Hole in 2008). The Old Boy received the Richard A. Weaver Directors’ Choice Award for the best production of the 2004 Region VI Festival.
His ACC productions, including The Sightless, This Day Forward and Eurydice have received multiple B. Iden Payne nominations.
He has also coached 14 Regional Finalists for the KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions including a National Finalist who performed at the Kennedy Center in 2004, and the Region VI First Runner-Up to the National Finals in 2010.
Perry recently completed his term as President of the Texas Educational Theatre Association. He is a Past Chair of the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials of which he has been a member and a UIL One-Act Play Adjudicator since 1996. He has had the honor of judging the State UIL One-Act Play Contest nine times, most recently for conference AAAAAA in 2022.
He holds the BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University and the MFA in Theatre/Acting from The University of Arizona. He is a six-time nominee for ACC’s Teaching Excellence Award, and teaches courses in Acting and Theatre Appreciation.