Forrest Newlin

Read Forrest A. Newlin's Sightlines Tribute

DOB: 10/16/1938 Location: Emporia, KS
DOD: 12/16/2002 Location: Ft. Worth, TX




  • Kansas State Teachers College (later renamed Emporia State College): BA in Theatre and Art; BA in Education; MA and MS in Speech and Theatre
  • Idaho State University, graduate work
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD in Speech and Dramatic Art

Educational History:

  • Faculty, Idaho State University
  • Faculty, KSTC (renamed Emporia State University)
  • Faculty, Texas Tech University
  • Faculty, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
  • Faculty, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Faculty, University of Oklahoma
  • Fulbright Scholar at the National Institute of the Arts and the National Taiwan University in Taipei (1985-1986)
  • Faculty and Department Chair, Texas Christian University (1993-2002)
  • Faculty, TCU’s London Center, several summer terms

Editor’s note: Dr. Newlin was also an active freelance theatrical designer throughout his career with dozens of credits at such diverse venues as: 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, Spain; Musicals at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre; and the Golden Hills Theatre where he designed a production of “Annie Get Your Gun” directed by Joshua Logan.

Design Exhibitions:

  • USITT Biennial Design Expos
  • Solo Exhibits: USITT Texas Design Showcase; University of Minnesota; Morehead State University, Kentucky; University of Arkansas: Tarkio College; Chico State University
  • A special retrospective of his work at the USITT Conference in Minneapolis (2003)

USITT involvement and offices held:

  • Chair, USITT National Conference, Ft. Worth, TX (1996)
  • Programming Chair, USITT National Conference, Corpus Christi, TX (1983)
  • Board of Directors
  • Vice Commissioner for Heritage for the Scene Design Commission
  • Treasurer, Texas Section (1978-1979)
  • Board of Directors, Texas Section
  • Presenter at numerous USITT national and sectional conferences

Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (posthumously, 2004)
  • Received two Outstanding Service Awards from USITT Southwest
  • Past President and Fellow of the Southwest Theatre Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Southwest Theatre Association
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Southwest Theatre Association
  • College of Fellows, ATHE
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Emporia State University
  • Award of Appreciation, University of Oklahoma