UE Theatre Professor Receives 2014 Arts Educator Award

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

Patti McCrory, professor and costume designer in UE’s Department of Theatre, received the 2014 Art Educator Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. McCrory was recognized for her dedication to the field of education and design.

Nominator John David Lutz, UE Department of Theatre chair, says he has “never known a professor more dedicated to improving her teaching. “ Former students are also eager to share their praise.

Cole McCarty says, “She taught me that it is not what kind of artist that defines me, but what kind of person I am. She is an educator who cannot be rivaled, an artist whose depth of talent is immense, and whose love for her students and the joy she receives in guiding them in developing their talents cannot be surpassed.”

McCrory received her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and joined USA (United Scenic Artists) in 1990.  She has worked extensively with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and is a 2010 recipient of the Gold Medallion Award for “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre.”  Her years of service as a production respondent for KC/ACTF Region III garnered her the Indiana State Faculty Service Award in 2009.

A recipient of the National Design Fellowship, she studied with costume designer Constance Hoffman and scene designer Ming Cho Lee in the summer of 2004 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and returned in 2008 as an assistant to Linda Cho and Ming Cho Lee.

Professor McCrory has been a member of the University of Evansville Department of Theatre faculty for 26 years, and she regularly teaches at Harlaxton College in the summer.

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