Jere Whitson (JWH)
Mark Harry Creter is a Professor of Theatre for the Tennessee Technological University’s Department of English as well as the artistic director of the campus theatre, the TTU Backdoor Playhouse. Recently he directed productions of Never the Sinner by John Logan, Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Recent performances include Clarence Darrow in Never the Sinner by John Logan, Ray in Yankee Tavern, Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Niles in Suicide in B Flat by Sam Shepard (which won Best Production at the 2009 American Association of Community Theatre Festival). He was instrumental in the formation of the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, and directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as successful productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. In 2015 he received the Creative Excellence Award from the College of Arts and Sciences for his productions of Richard III by William Shakespeare in Cookeville and Knoxville. He is married to local dance instructor/choreographer and co-owner of the Stage One Dance Studio, Jennifer Dotson-Creter. When they are not collaborating on various theatre or dance projects they are raising their beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.
Faculty Advisor for TTU Tech Players Drama Club and Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Honor Society.