Stilson Honored with Governor’s Award

Stilson Honored with Governor's Award

Kenn StilsonDr. Kenneth L. Stilson, professor of acting, directing and musical theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education in Jefferson City, Missouri, this spring.

Recipients of the Governor’s Award are selected by their respective institutions for their demonstrated excellence as a teacher, extraordinary levels of scholarship and service and accomplishments that are especially noteworthy.

Stilson is a professor as well as a director, published author, playwright and screenwriter. He says he teaches technique to smart, talented, beautiful and highly motivated young professionals and that it isn’t really a job, but something he’s passionate about doing.

“It’s what I dream about, and it’s what makes me the most happy. I get to explore my imagination every day. I get to experience stories through the lives of other people living in imaginary worlds. I get to investigate the depths of the human experience and, in the process, live vicariously through these people,” he says.

“Kenn Stilson is an extraordinarily talented actor, director and playwright who Southeast students have had the great fortune to learn from over the past 14 years,” says Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast. “His vision for Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance has sparked tremendous growth in theatre and dance majors from 75 in 2005 to 165 in 2014. Because of his contributions, Southeast’s theatre and dance program now has a national presence.”

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