Glenn Edwards (1949-2016)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Glenn Edwards taught theatre for more than thirty years, twenty of those at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and then at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. He directed nearly 150 productions in his career.

Mr. Edwards joined the International Thespian Society in 1979, chartering a Thespian troupe at Floyd Central. His work with Floyd Central and two other Indiana schools, all within ten miles of each other, planted the seeds of a strong and enduring theatre arts presence in southern Indiana schools.

Extremely active in ITS, when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 Mr. Edwards had attended every Thespian Festival for the previous twenty-seven years except for the year he relocated to Las Vegas. He directed ten main stage shows at the Festival, beginning in 1983. In 2005 he directed the Thespian national cast production of Ragtime School Edition to cap off EdTA’s seventy-fifth anniversary celebration. Mr. Edwards also served as the Indiana state Thespian director and ITS territorial director. He adjudicated for EdTA for twelve years and worked as the technical coordinator for five Thespian Festivals.

Mr. Edwards was appointed to the Indiana governor’s Fine Arts Advisory Board and named the Indiana Theatre Association’s Theatre Educator of the Year in 1991. He is known to his former students for his work ethic and his ability to lead by example by raising the bar for the level of professionalism.

Colin Hurd, a former student who became captain of Blue Man Group, recalls how Mr. Edwards accompanied him to New York for his college auditions. While there, Mr. Edwards bolstered Mr. Hurd with his support and made sure he got to the auditions on time; two months later Mr. Hurd was accepted into the North Carolina School of Arts program. When Mr. Edwards brings his students to see Blue Man Group on visits to New York, Mr. Hurd is reminded of “how my life has been shaped for the better because of him.”

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