Charles Meacham

Chuck Meacham joined Kennesaw State University this summer as the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.  Mr. Meacham is a professional theatre production manager and technical director.  Before coming to KSU, he was on the faculty at the University of Evansville for 22 years where, in 2018, he was invested as the John David Lutz Endowed Professor of Theatre.  During his time at the University of Evansville, he taught a wide array of classes in scenic production techniques (carpentry, welding, rigging, drafting), production and stage management, senior seminar, portfolios, and sound.  In 2010, he helped establish the degree in Stage Management at the University of Evansville, a program which he headed while also serving as the Production Manager for the Department of Theatre.
Mr. Meacham has worked with such organizations as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in various capacities professionally, including as a master electrician, lighting designer, production manager, and technical director. He has been highly active with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, serving on the leadership team of the Technical Production Commission since 2012.  In the summer of 2019, he finished a three-year term as the USITT Commissioner for Technical Production.

Mr. Meacham received a BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University, after which he served there for two years as the Assistant Technical Director. He earned an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
In 2018, Mr. Meacham was named a Global Scholar by the University of Evansville’s Center for Innovation and Change. As part of this funding, in the summer of 2019, he participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a way of identifying additional experiences for students and leadership training opportunities through the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Build Project.  Mr. Meacham’s recent work has made use of his technical knowledge and leadership skills through a number of projects with Habitat for Humanity.  Locally, he led three Habitat Barn Blitz build projects, coordinating efforts between Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and the students and staff of the University of Evansville.  Mr. Meacham also worked with students to build House #499 in the Evansville community.  Nationally, he worked on the 2018 Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter Build, and also internationally, in Chacala, Mexico, on a student-build in the summer of 2020.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the students and faculty of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.  This is an outstanding program that encourages a collaboration between real liberal arts education and rich training for undergraduate theatre students.  I am excited to pursue the next phase of my career in such a vibrant place for scholar artists.”