Meet Our Faculty

David Ainsworth
Associate Professor of Theatre


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
  • heatre 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

Kerry Goff

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.

2018-19 Season

The Death and Life of Larry Benson

By Reginald Rose

Auditions: August 31/Sept. 1

Oct. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13


By David Auburn

Auditions: October 8th/9th

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
and Dec. 6 – 8

Detective Partner Hero Villain

By Brett Neveu

Auditions: Dec. 3 - 4

Feb. 21 – 23


Student-Written One-Acts

Tomorrow’s Dream

by Jorge Ambacher

Christopher’s Angel

by Shawna Johnson

Botanical Dream by Agustin Rios

Auditions: March 1

April 4 – 6


Student-Directed One Acts

May 3 - 4


I Ought to be in Pictures

By Neil Simon

June 13 – 15 and 20 – 22


“I Do! I Do!”

By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

August 1 – 3 and 8 - 10

Box Office Information

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

Reservations/tickets are available online


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

2017-18 Season