David Hoover, the chair of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, has won the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Prize for Teaching Innovation.
The organization grants the annual Prize for Teaching Innovation to an individual in each of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s eight geographic regions. Hoover is the winner for KCACTF Region Six, which is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The prize is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to discover new pathways for student success in the field of theatre.
Founded in 1986, the ATHE is a nonprofit professional organization representing college and university theatre departments and administrators, faculty, graduate students and theatre practitioners. ATHE’s mission is to support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education.
“This award is really a tribute to the hundreds of alumni we have working in the field,” Hoover said. “The nomination came from a former graduate student who is currently the regional chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region Six. The letters of support came from former graduates who are professional actors, directors and educators. This is what fills me with pride and keeps me energized.”
Hoover is an award-winning director. In addition to his many directorial credits at UNO, his work has been seen in New Orleans at Le Petit Théatre du Vieux Carré, Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival, Rivertown Rep, Le Chat Noir, Southern Rep and Tulane Summer Lyric. He has worked at other prestigious theatres including The Guthrie, the Dallas Theatre Center, American Southwest Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and The Lyceum.
Hoover is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, ATHE and the Southwest Theatre Association. Internationally he has been an adjudicator in London, lectured at the Université de Sorbonne in Paris and has taught extensively in Italy and Mexico. He is also the recipient of the Artist Fellowship Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the first award of its kind made to a director.