Shane K. Smith is an Associate Professor and the Head of Technical Production for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University – San Marcos. Shane is also a practicing stagehand continuing to work with various theatre companies in the Austin, Texas area and is often found backstage as Head Carpenter for the Austin Lyric Opera. In addition to Texas State, teaching credits also include Lawrence University, Florida State University and Texas Lutheran University covering courses like Stagecraft, Stage Lighting and Technical Production. Prior to Texas State, Shane worked professionally as Technical Director for both the Austin Lyric Opera and Southern Methodist University. Other professional credits include working as a theatre consultant designing new stage lighting and rigging systems for many theatres around the United States. Shane is a Texas State graduate with a degree in Education and holds an MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama.