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The Faculty

Deb Alley, MFA 

Deb Alley joined the faculty at Texas State University in 2013 and teaches directing to graduate and undergraduate students. Prior to her arrival in Texas, she was head of the Master of Fine Arts directing program at Illinois State University where she received the University’s Outstanding Teacher award in 2005. She was artistic director of Illinois Shakespeare Festival from 2007 to 2012. Her association with ISF goes back to 1995 and includes associate artistic director and production manager positions. She currently is also chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at TSU.

Charles Ney, MFA/PhD 

Charles "Chuck" Ney teaches directing and acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University. His Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices and Directing Shakespeare in America: Historical Perspectives were published by Bloomsbury’s Arden Shakespeare in 2016 and 2018. He has directed productions for Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Clearing House, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and ZACH Theatre. His Richard III received seven nominations from the Austin Circle of Critics and A Midsummer Night’s Dream was named one of the ten best Austin productions of the year by the Austin Chronicle.  His Top Girls performed at the Kennedy Center.

Jerry Ruiz, MFA

Jerry Ruiz teaches directing at Texas State University. His directing credits include productions at Primary Stages, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Old Globe, Second Stage Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, the Mint Theater Company, and Clubbed Thumb. He has developed work at the Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Playwright's Realm. From 2011 to 2015, he served as curator for the Crossing Borders festival of new plays at Two River Theater in New Jersey. He was a recipient of the 2009–2011 NEA/TCG Career Development for Theatre Directors Grant and a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage, 2007-2009.

Yong Suk Yoo, MFA

Since 2002, Yong Suk Yoo has founded many multi-disciplinary performance groups throughout South Korea. His plays and productions were instrumental in vitalizing the value of community-based public arts by renovating alternative spaces and launching various independent performances. He also taught at various institutes and universities. Yong Suk’s focus in his art and teaching has led to a mastery of the global contemporary understanding of the arts, performing arts and the ability to engage in interdisciplinary practice, uniting more that one field of knowledge. If Yong Suk’s aesthetic is interdisciplinary, his artistic mission is internationalism. Yong is a strong believer that diversity, the inherent human need to be appreciated and respected for who we are in all our differences, as a core value that every theater company, art school and organization needs to achieve. To go further global opportunity, he believes that artists themselves must drive new perspectives and links to new avenues of intercultural opportunity, which his own experience has proved. BA in Theatre and Film at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea; MA in Theatre at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea; MFA in Directing at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS).