Harlan Hamm worked at many levels for the improvement of educational theatre. In 1965 he established a speech and theatre program in grades K-12 and chartered Thespian Troupe 1457 at University Breckenridge School in Morehead, Kentucky. After teaching there for thirteen years, Mr. Hamm joined the Department of Communications at Morehead State University. At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame he was an associate professor of speech and coordinator of forensics at Morehead State. He was also serving as director of the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association.
Mr. Hamm received numerous citations for his work in education, including an outstanding faculty member award at University Breckenridge, the Kentucky Jaycees’ outstanding young educator award, a Morehead State University presidential citation, and the Kentucky Association of Communication Arts distinguished service award. In addition, he has been listed in Who’s Who in the South and the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.
Mr. Hamm served ITS and EdTA in numerous capacities. From 1966 to 1969 he was state Thespian director for Kentucky, and from 1969 to 1970, regional director. He was elected to the board of directors in 1970 and served as assistant international director from 1970 to 1972 and international director (board president) from 1972 to 1974. In 1979 he presided over EdTA’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.