Tom Sime to give first lecture in Retired Faculty Association series

Tom SimeSMU’s Retired Faculty Association, with the support of the Provost’s Office, has invited Dallas playwright and theater critic Tom Sime to inaugurate its annual Distinguished Lecture series. Sime will speak on “Commercial and Nonprofit Theater: Competition or Symbiosis?” at 3:30 p.m. March 13, 2009 in Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.

In a departure from its usual retirees-only events, “the RFA is inviting active faculty and staff to the new series as a means of strengthening its ties to former colleagues and the University,” says Thomas Arp, professor emeritus of English in Dedman College and RFA president.

Sime is well known in the Metroplex for his reviews in The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Observer and was manager for the Contemporary Theater of Dallas. His most recent play, My Favorite Animal, was staged by his newly formed company, The Modern Stage, at Teatro Dallas in August 2008. In addition, Sime is a painter and sculptor with gallery showings in Dallas, New York and Houston. He received his B.F.A. degree in cinema from SMU in 1990.

The lecture will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall. For more information, contact Thomas Arp. (Above, Tom Sime in a Dallas Morning News file photo.)