Enriching life through communication.

The Department of Theatre and Communication offers programs in the following areas:
Mass Communication
Speech Communication
Speech Communication and Theatre
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Meet the Chair

Mr. James Timothy "Tim" Matheny

Tim has been an actor, director, writer, and teacher for over twenty-five years. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Performance, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at William Carey University. He also serves as staging director for Carey Dinner Theatre a summer stock theatre company. His directing credits include such works as Macbeth, The Tempest, The Crucible, The Diviners, Crimes of the Heart, Oklahoma, Smoke on the Mountain, and Mamma Mia. As an actor, Tim played George in the world premiere of August Wilson’s play The Homecoming. He has enjoyed performing and teachings in such countries as Kenya, Slovakia, and Russia. Tim lived three years in Moscow, Russia and Prague, Czech Republic where he worked as a missionary, acting coach, and concert promoter. Tim currently serves the Mississippi Theatre Association as their current past president and interim college and university chair. He is also involved with the Southeastern Theatre Conference as the state representative for Mississippi. Tim teaches, various performance-based classes, directing, theatre history, and sound design at William Carey University. He has adapted five full-length plays and co-written one original work. Currently, he is working on his sixth play, entitled A Call on the Wind.

  • Masters of Fine Arts, Theatre Performance, University of Louisville, 1999
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre, William Carey College, 1995

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