Alan Shorter (Director) returns to Circle after directing last year’s critically acclaimed Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis. Alan is a member of the TCU Department of Theatre’s performance faculty and has served as director for TCU productions of The Women of Lockerbie, The Elephant Man, Doubt, The Laramie Project, Closer Than Ever, And the World Goes ‘Round, and Anything Goes. Alan is also a recipient of TCU’s prestigious Deans’ Research and Creativity Award. He directed Circle Theatre’s production of Opus (which received a Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Award for Outstanding Direction and two Fort Worth Weekly Best of 2010 awards: Best Production Staged by a Local Theatre and Best Director). He has also served as director for Circle Theatre’s High School Playwriting Projects for the past five years. Alan appeared as Father Stanley in Circle’s production of Hail Mary! and in five separate productions of his play The Best of Intentions, most recently for the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine’s “Speak for Yourself” event. Other directing credits include Wings, The Good Doctor, Tartuffe, Sylvia Plath: A Memoir, Antigone, The Diviners, Lonely Planet, A Night in November, ... And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, Nancy Drew: Girl Detective, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Children of Eden, and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. He attended Moorhead State University, received his B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University - Bloomington, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University.