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Ray CastreyRay Castrey

Co-Director and Faculty

Ray Castrey has been associated with the Missouri Fine Arts Academy since its inception in 1996. He served as a faculty member, lead teacher, interdisciplinary arts/arts integration specialist, and Academy coordinator before becoming the director of MFAA in 2012. He is an emeritus member of Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where he provided music and soundscapes for departmental productions and classes for 29 years. Castrey has created more than 70 works for theatre, dance, and video productions, and has performed in almost every imaginable, and some unimaginable, music venues. Most recently he composed and performed music for Kansas City Repertory Company’s production of "An Iliad" by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. Castrey looks forward to great things with the Academy community this summer.

Melissa HerrMelissa Herr

Co-Director and Faculty

Melissa Herr has been involved with arts education since 1997, from a dramaturgical internship at the Indiana Repertory Theatre to five years of teaching English and Theatre at the high school level. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Butler University, a Master’s of Liberal Studies from Indiana University and a Master’s of Arts in Theatre from Bowling Green State University. Herr currently divides her time between teaching Playwriting per course at Missouri State University, assisting Ray Castrey with the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, raising two children and herding two dogs and a cat. She writes when she can and is, for obvious reasons, always interested in finding a balance between creative work and just. . . work. Her children’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Jack and Jill magazine. Herr is thrilled to be a part of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and is looking forward to working with the students, staff and faculty of MFAA 2015.