R. Cliff Thompson serves the university as director of theatre. He received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi and a B.A. in theatre from Harding University. After completing his M.F.A. at the University of Memphis, Thompson worked professionally in the Memphis theatre community. He then taught college theatre classes for 8 years in north Mississippi before coming to FHU. After 20 years spent in educational theatre training students to work professionally, Thompson feels blessed to see so many of his graduates working in New York and elsewhere.
Annie Pickens is currently the technical director here at Freed Hardeman University where she is in charge of sound, lighting, scenic construction, and theatre facility management. She graduated from FHU with a B.A. in Theatre. Her work experience includes stage management for the Renaissance Players in Dickson and an internship with the Broadway Company of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. Most recently, Annie comes to FHU from San Antonio where she worked for USAA.