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Alison Frost

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Behind the Scenes

Alison Frost’s favorite part about working with theatre students is something that the audience never gets to see.

“The audience gets the final product that has been rehearsed for weeks with as many kinks as possible all worked out,” said Frost, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “My favorite part of working with the students in plays is when they’re presented with a challenge they don’t know how to solve and I get to witness them solve it.”

Frost says these challenges can be anything from her students experiencing real tears in an acting scene to figuring out how to make a joke land. For example, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Water by the Spoonful,” which she recently directed, involves extremely personal issues such as addiction, isolation, and fragile family dynamics. She says the cast and crew have explored the issues maturely.

“Our students, who take on roles as actors and technicians, have a genuine respect for the material and the people’s lives being represented on stage-and they’ve done a great job of bringing such emotional issues to life,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Over the last six years, Frost has shared her love for theatre with the students here at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has directed such plays as Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” “Urinetown,” and “Cabaret.” Her passion for teaching good theatre is about the hands-on teaching of collaboration, problem solving, communication, research, history, time management, and aesthetics. Along her theatre journey as an artist and an educator, she says former teachers have been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

Frost was recently recognized for her work at the Island University with the prestigious “University Educator of the Year” Award from the Texas Educational Theatre Association. For the last 30 years, she has admired many of the outstanding educators honored by the association.

“To now be recognized as one of them is humbling, exciting, and empowering as I recognize that it’s my continued responsibility to give back to the educational theatre community of Texas as it has given me so much in return,” said Frost.