Meet Our Faculty


David Ainsworth
Professor Emeritus

ainsword@mcmurryadm.mcm.edu

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, summa cum laude: Southwestern University
Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Production: The University of Texas at Austin

  • Teaching Specialties
  • Acting (all levels)
  • Costuming (construction and design)
  • Stage Make-Up
  • Theatre Education
  • Unarmed and Armed Stage Combat (gold and silver medalist, men’s foil)
  • UIL OAP Certified Critic Judge
  • Twenty-Nine Years Teaching Experience
  • Tenured Faculty

“I believe, heart and soul, in the solid validity of the theatre-generalist training and education that is offered by the McMurry Theatre Department. A student’s undergraduate years are the years in which restrictive specialization should be avoided; the educational “net” should be cast widely, absorbing as much as possible about the way that theatre works, in all of its facets. This increases a student’s marketability, and also helps the student to intelligently identify his or her true area of specialization.

As a director, my favorite goal is to help students re-discover the classics, especially those that have been unjustly neglected by a modern world that is careless of its past and absorbed by the casual sensations of its present. Whether a classic play is fifty or several thousand years old, there is an incomparable thrill in establishing a living, vital link between our world and ages past. It makes all of us aware that the theatre has a tradition of true grandeur, and that we are its heirs if we wish to be.”


Kerry Goff
Visiting Professor of Theatre
Department Chair

goff.kerry@mcm.edu
325-793-3839

Kerry Goff is currently a visiting professor of Theatre. Formerly he was Artistic/Technical Director for the Fredericksburg Theater Company from 2010 to 2018, the instructor of the Teen Troupe theater class for Freddyburg Youth Theater from 2010 to 2018, and the theatre arts teacher for Providence Hall School of Fredericksburg for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Kerry holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting and directing from McMurry University and is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Theatre. 

While attending McMurry, Kerry worked at the Historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene as a stagehand working backstage for touring shows, concerts, community events, and musicals. During the fall of 2007, Kerry performed with an acting troupe for Young Audiences of America, a theater organization throughout the U

nited States that dedicates itself to bringing live theater to the public school system. From 2006 to 2009, Kerry was part of a cast called Voices Unmasked, a performance group that wrote and perform

ed plays that promoted a safe and drug- free lifestyle. This acting troupe performed across West Texas for kids from grades kindergarten through senior in high school. He also served as General Manager of the 2009 McMurry Summer Dinner Theatre Season. 

While at the Fredericksburg Theater Company, Kerry was charged with season selection, hiring and overseeing guest artists, directing, scenic design, light design, facilities, and volunteer coordination. During Kerry’s eight years, FTC grew it’s season offerings from five production to over 14. In addition, FTC’s operating budget grew more than double. While at FTC, he assisted his wife Ashleigh in the creation of the Freddyburg Youth Theater. Together, they developed a theater program that involved children as young as six months of age all the way through internship programs for college age students. 

Kerry is an ordained minister and is proud to be a sixth generation family member of Fredericksburg, TX. Kerry serves on the McMurry Fine Arts Advisory Board and has formerly served on the. In his spare time, Kerry performs with The Memory Ensemble, a performance group he founded that specializes in performing Broadway reviews. Kerry is married to Ashleigh Goff. They have two children named Logan and Emery.


Neena McLain
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

mclain.neena@mcm.edu
325-793-3838

Neena McLain has worked professionally as an actor, director and a theatre educator for over 25 years. She began her career as the Artistic Director for Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Inc. She served as Artistic Director for 8 years until she was named Executive Director.

After 12 years working in theatre management, Neena moved into education. She taught as an adjunct instructor of theatre at Louisiana State University and taught part time in the talented theatre program for 1st-12th grades in the Zachary, Louisiana school district. Neena then moved to Runnels School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While at Runnels she oversaw a theatre program for 1st-12th grades as the Theatre Department Chair.

Neena has acted and directed professionally in Louisiana and Texas. Her other accomplishments include professional storytelling and Third Wheel Theatre. She is a founder and managing partner for Third Wheel Theatre, a theatre dedicated to providing theatre opportunities for young actors. She has served on the board of directors for Theatre Baton Rouge and Playmakers of Baton Rouge as well as serving on the advisory board for Texas Educational Theatre Association. In 2014 she was awarded the Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from McMurry University.

Neena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from McMurry University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Louisiana State University. She is also a proud mom to son Brandon and daughter Kate.


 

2021-2022 Theatre Season


THE ADDAMS FAMILY - A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

By Various Composers and Lyricists

Directed by Neena McLain

October 14-17, 2021

 

CONSTELLATIONS

By Nick Payne

Directed by Kerry Goff

November 18-21, 2021

 

Spring 2022

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Neena McLain

February 17-20, 2022 

 

 

 

 

Box Office Information

Located in the Lobby of the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Center, on the corner of Sayles Blvd. and Hunt St.
325-793-3889

Hours

The Box office opens two weeks before faculty and student directed shows open. A member of our staff will be at box office between 3-6 p.m. on weekdays and show days.

Department of Theatre
McMurry University 1 #68
Abilene, TX 79697
325-793-3839