Charles Pascoe, the Texas State theatre professor who brought children’s theatre to Central Texas school children for 25 years, died Tuesday. Pascoe was 69.
Funeral services are pending for Pascoe, who started work at Texas State as a newly minted PhD in 1981.
Pascoe was a professor of child drama and director of children’s theatre at Texas State. For 25 years, he conducted a Children’s Theatre Tour each spring semester, bringing live theatre to elementary school children in Central Texas. Each tour also included a week-long run on campus for university and town audiences. On each tour, his plays played to as many as 13,000 people, mostly children.
Pascoe served as a member of Texas State’s faculty senate. In that capacity, in 2000, Pascoe led the university’s successful effort to earn accreditation reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Pascoe was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. He earned a BS in education at North Dakota in 1964, an MS at Colorado State in 1967 and his PhD in 1981 at Southern Illinois.
Pascoe worked as a speech pathologist before turning to theatre, developing a touch for developing musical theatre to stimulate children.
Pascoe’s students at Texas State were primarily elementary education, theatre, and recreation majors who learned creative drama methods for teaching across the elementary school curriculum in non-traditional ways.Email | Print