Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

J. Don Luna

An Outstanding Islander

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The World is His Stage
When J. Don Luna's theatre students take to the stage, he feels he is sharing the spotlight with them. The chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre says that in theatre, rehearsals are where the magic happens. Students make discoveries, improve their acting skills and form lasting relationships. In preparation for his own role, Luna recently learned American Sign Language for the Harbor Playhouse production of "Children of a Lesser God." The theatre professor came to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fall 1994, when the University was redesigning its theatre program. At the time, there were only six theatre majors, but today the program numbers around 115 majors. Nowadays, the program's exceptional students often challenge and bring out the best in the faculty. Most recently, Luna was named the Texas Educational Theatre Association's 2008 University Educator of the Year. The Walnut, Miss., native has been listed as one of the University's four best instructors in the 2004 campus edition of "Texas Monthly." He has been in theatre for 25 years, has directed and acted in scores of plays, and has starred in multiple film and television projects. Prior to coming to the Island University, he taught at Arizona State University West.

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