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June 7, 2022 

NORMAN, Okla. – After an extensive national search, the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma announces the appointment of Tim Espinosa as a new Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Performance. His primary responsibilities will include serving as an acting teacher and stage director for OU’s top ranked BFA in Musical Theatre Performance program.

Espinosa is a professional director, educator, actor, and electric violinist with a passion for bringing musical theatre training to underrepresented communities throughout the country.  

Espinosa most recently served as the founder and coordinator of the Fullerton College Musical Theatre Training program in Southern California where he has taught courses in musical theatre performance techniques, professional orientation, acting, directing, and musical theatre history. His recent service includes Lead Diversity Officer for the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance and founder of MTEA’s inaugural Committee on Representation, Equity and Inclusion, where he facilitated numerous industry discussions on best practices to promote antiracist policies within theatre education. As Lead Diversity Officer, Tim facilitated discussions including Race, Equity and Inclusion in Musical Theatre, White Fragility in Theatre Education, and Decolonizing Musical Theatre Curriculum.

Espinosa is a proud member of Stage Director and Choreographers Society and Actors’ Equity Association and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from California State University at Fullerton and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Brandeis University.

Major performance credits include venues such as Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival to name a few.

As an Electric Violinist, Tim has been at the forefront of popularizing the electric violin to international audiences. Featured violin performance credits include The Boston Pops Orchestra and The Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Espinosa succeeds Associate Professor of Musical Theatre Performance, Shawn Churchman, who retired June 2022.