The School of Communication and Media
Full Name: Don Butler
Associate Professor of Theatre
B.A., Emory University; M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University; additional studies, American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Don Butler spent the greater part of his career in New York, first as an actor and then as director, and has taught as a guest artist, visiting professor or adjunct at a number of colleges and conservatories, including The Performing Arts Conservatory at Mountain View College in Dallas, Wagner College and The American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York and at Palm Beach State College. He also conducted his own acting workshop at his loft in Manhattan’s Noho district.
Professor Butler has directed scores of productions around the country and has had a hand in the establishment of four equity theaters, including The Hypothetical Theatre in New York, Lyric Stage in Dallas, Actors’ Playhouse in Miami and the Take Heed Theater Company in Palm Beach County. He directed the inaugural production for each of these theaters.
Professor Butler is presently the artistic director of StoryMakers, a professional touring company which performs for young audiences. He has written a number of plays for StoryMakers which have been given hundreds of performances and played to tens of thousands of students in local schools and other venues around the state, including the Borland and Kravis Centers in West Palm Beach, The Straz Center in Tampa, The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, among others.Professor Butler lives in Jupiter with his wife, Tracy and son. They are members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens where they are active in several ministries.