Alan Shorter is a member of the performance faculty in the Department of Theatre at TCU. His music direction credits for TCU includes Guys & Dolls, The Fantasticks (co-produced with Circle Theatre), Oklahoma!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, Seussical, We Need a Little Christmas, and Little Women: The Musical. Locally he has served as music director/conductor for Lyric Stage’s production of Hello, Dolly! in Dallas and as their associate music director for Carousel. (Both productions received the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards for Best Ensemble.) A partial list of Alan’s other music direction credits includes five national tours, productions at Theatre Three, Stage West, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Cricket Theatre, The Ordway, and Hey City Stage, as well as two Tony-Award-winning theatres: Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis (where he was both Artistic Associate and Composer-in-Residence). He has provided music direction for over 100 professional and academic productions. As a composer, Alan has written more than a dozen original scores for the theatre, including Much Ado About Nothing, Anatomy of Gray, Spinning into Butter, Hamlet, Dracula, The Hobbit, The Voice of the Prairie, The Troubles: Children of Belfast, Strega Nona, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (produced in Russian at the Central Children’s Theatre of Moscow), and songs for Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. His choral and instrumental work has been produced across the country at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and Carnegie Hall. A winner of TCU’s 2011 Deans’ Research and Creativity Award, Alan 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.