Mr. C. Lee Turner directed the University Interscholastic League One Act Play at Houston’s M.C. Williams High School for 13 years, advancing to State Meet three times, winning once and was first runner-up twice. Mr. Turner has the distinction of bringing the first all black cast to the One Act Play State Meet. They won the 1975 state title that year. Mr. Turner earned his MA at the University of Houston and did advanced study at the California Institute of the Arts and the Tisch School of the Arts. He was named Teacher of the Year for the College/University division of Texas Education Theatre Association in 1990. As Associate Professor at Texas A&M-Prairie View for 25 years, he directed more than 120 productions.  

His American College Theatre Festival productions advanced to the National Festival in Washington D.C. in 1982 and 1997. The City of Houston proclaimed June 6, 2008, as “C. Lee Turner Day.” Mr. Turner was also recognized at the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival with its Living Legend Award.  In January of 2011, Mr. Turner received the Texas Education Theatre Association's prestigious Founders Award.  Mr. Turner is currently teaching at Lone Star College-CyFair.

Contact:  Clarance.L.Turner@lonestar.edu

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