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NMSU theatre arts department announces new artistic director

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts recently announced that assistant professor Timothy Pinnow is the new artistic director of the American Southwest Theatre Company.

Pinnow replaces associate professor Cynthia Dillon, who will continue to teach and research full time as well as direct future ASTC productions. Pinnow has taught at NMSU since 1995 and also is the department's movement specialist.

Pinnow, a nationally known stage combat expert, holds the rank of fight director with the Society of American Fight Directors. He also created NMSU's first classes in stage combat technique and since 1997 has helped 22 students gain certification as actor/combatants.

Pinnow has performed in numerous ASTC productions, including the role of Joe Keller in "All my Sons," Michael in "Dancing at Lughnasa," Lt. Ralph Clark in "Our Country's Good," George Hay in "Moon over Buffalo," and the title roles in "Tartuffe" and "Henry V." He directed ASTC's productions of "The Beaux' Stratagem," "A Christmas Carol" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." Pinnow also will direct ASTC's 1999-2000 opening production of "Blithe Spirit."

Pinnow has directing experience with Theatre UNI, The Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, St. Olaf College and the Old Creamery Theatre Company.

ASTC, which is celebrating its 15th year at NMSU, was founded in 1984 by long-time NMSU faculty members Mark Medoff and J. Bruce Streett. Medoff and Streett wanted to create a theater organization that would bring professional theater artists to NMSU each year to enhance the academic program and provide professional theater to the Las Cruces community.