David McTier is Professor of Theatre at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic theory and criticism, and dramaturgy. Raised on a cattle farm in rural Georgia, he holds a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas.

During the past twenty years, he has taught on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, the University of Virginia at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), the University of Vermont, Agnes Scott College, Rockhurst University, and Young Harris College.

He has directed over 60 productions, including period and American classics, musicals, children’s theatre, contemporary, and original plays. Of particular interest are non-traditional, mixed-media, and company-developed performance dealing with current social issues.

Dr. McTier has been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), and his production of LOST, an original piece about the effects of war on women, was invited to and performed at the 2004 Region V Festival in Denver. That same year, he was awarded a Kennedy Center Faculty Fellowship to the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center, and he returned to the O’Neill in 2010 for the National Puppetry Conference.

Named to Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, he spent eighteen summers teaching gifted and talented high school students at the governors programs in Georgia (Governor’s Honors Program), Virginia (Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts), and Missouri (Missouri Fine Arts Academy).

Dr. McTier was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar to the University of Prishtina in Kosova, where he taught dramatic theory and criticism; he also directed Njerëz Me Shresa Të Thyera (“Men with Broken Hopes”) at the National Theatre of Kosova. He currently serves on the U.S. Fulbright National Review Committee for the Balkans.

Dr. McTier recently was awarded the 2013 Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) Innovation in Teaching Prize for KCACTF Region 6.


Ph.D., Theatre History and Criticism, University of Texas, 1995
Thesis: A Crisis In Criticism: A Defense Of Two “Postmodern” Productions

M.A., Theatre, Indiana University, 1984
Thesis: The Emergence Of London’s Illegitimate Theatres during the Early Eighteenth Century

A.B., Drama, Honors Program, University of Georgia, 1981
Thesis: Drama Certification And Georgia’s Solution: The Drama Specialist