Award-Winning Writer, Director Coy Dunn To Speak At Dalton State

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Coy Dunn
Coy Dunn

Dalton State College’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series welcomes Coy Dunn, award-winning educator, writer, and high school theatre director, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Goodroe Auditorium.

A native of Whitfield County, Mr. Dunn started his teaching career at Northwest Whitfield High School, where he remained for nine years, receiving the Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year and the STAR Teacher award.

In 2004, Mr. Dunn moved on to his current position as theatre director and Fine Arts Division Chair at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County. In his time at Kennesaw Mountain, he has received the Golden Apple Teacher Award from his peers and has received the Ray Horne Award of Excellence from the Georgia High School Association three times for his work.

“Mr. Dunn is an exceptional classroom teacher and director,” said Kevin Daniel, principal of KMHS. “He is a role model for staff and students and is a real student advocate.”

In addition, Mr. Dunn’s students have won many state championships for one-act plays, acting, and speaking events. With Dunn’s coaching, his students have won six consecutive state championships in the last six years. In addition, his technical theatre students have received the Region One-Act Play Best Set Award 10 years in a row.

Because of Mr. Dunn, Kennesaw Mountain High School’s drama program was selected by the national magazine “Stage Directions” as one of the Top Five High School Drama Programs in the nation, and Kennesaw Mountain was chosen as the Top High School Drama Program in the Southeast. Several of his students are currently working in television, films, plays, schools, and colleges all over the world.

“Mr. Dunn is an amazing theatre director; I have personally witnessed his expertise for the past 15 years,” said Jackie Daniels, assistant professor of Theatre Arts at Dalton State. “As an advocate of the fine arts, I am proud to have Mr. Dunn come to Dalton State and share his knowledge, skill, and talent with our community, faculty, and students.”

His lecture will be presented in Goodroe Auditorium in Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State College. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. 

For more information, contact Jackie Daniels at or 706 272-2451.

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