Theatre Arts and Dance Department

Guest Artists at the Hendrix Theatre Department

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Guest Director Tony Horne 

The Hendrix Players and Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance present The Sparrow, by Chris Mathews, Jake Minton, and Nathan Allen of The House Theatre of Chicago, directed by Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Tony Horne. Performances are Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.  

The production is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, or call 501-450-1343. 

The Sparrow is the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl returning home ten years after a tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the girl who reminds them of what they lost, Emily attempts to hide the special powers that make her different. Can this strange girl with even stranger powers be the hero that her town is longing for, or will her dark secret destroy them all?  

Tony Horne, educator, arts manager, performer, director, and choreographer, will direct this student production. As a director, his areas of interest are musical theatre, contemporary plays with movement, and African-American plays.  

Horne co-founded the Memphis Black Repertory Theatre and served as administrative director from 1997 to 2000. He also served as treasurer for Black Theatre Network, a national organization that promotes African-American theatre.  

As an educator, Horne was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently Associate Professor of Directing and Area Head of Musical Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.  

The Visiting Theatre Director program is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College.

List of our past Guests:

The Hendrix Theatre Department has an extensive history of bringing guest artists to collaborate with the students and faculty through directing, performing, playwriting or design.  The artists who have been at Hendrix in the past twenty-five years are listed below.  You will notice two Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights, several Obie winning artists, as well as a long list of artists recognized for excellence their field.  Primarily, the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation for Language and Literature has generously sponsored the visits of these artists:

Playwright Lee Blessing with the World Premiere Cast and Crew of his play The Hourglass Project, now published by Dramatics. 


Freddie Ashley ~ m
Ken Albers * m
Meade Andrews ~ m
Eric Bentley + m

Lee Blessing + m
Barbara Bosch * m
Kirk Boyd * m

Wayne Chapman*
Leroy Clark + m
Kevin Crawford * m
Tandy Cronyn ~
Ruth Ann Curry* m
Sharon Douglas ~
Jean Elliott ~ m
Jeff Elwell + m
Honora Fergusson * m
Charles Gordon * + m

Judy Baker Goss +
Bobby Harrel > m
Robert Hupp * m
Brent Jennings * m
Gus Kaikkonen * m
Peter Kenyon * m
Henry Kurth > m
Romulus Linney + m
Rob Mermin ~
Jennifer Mizenko ~ m
Gene McKinney ~ m
Frederick Neuman * + m
Will Rhys * m
Louise Mosley Smith ~ m
Glynn Allen Smith ~ m
Virginia Smith * m
Terry Sneed *
Shepard Sobel * m
Agapi Stassinopoulus ~ m

Daniel Stein * m
Alison Summers * m
Jana Tift * m
Werner Trieschmann * + m
Gwendolyn Twillie ~ m
Francis Warner + m
Kathryn Woods ~ m 

m indicates Hendrix-Murphy Foundation
* indicates director of production
+ indicates playwright
~ indicates performer
> indicates designer/artist