A graduate from Plano Senior High School, I have been happy to be back as a teacher in Plano, after many years as a professional actor and theatre company owner.
I have been the Acting Director at Plano West since 2016 and enjoy teaching and directing all levels of theatre students. I stay busy with directing our Fall Play, Musical, and UIL One-Act Play (amongst other performances) after school. In my spare time, I am an artist of sorts and animal lover.
Degrees and Certifications:
MFA in Acting from University of California
BA in Theatre from San Francisco State University
Theatre EC-12 Certification
Speech 7-12 Certification
Technical Theatre Director
Cassidy McQuiston is a lighting and scenic designer, with a background in Directing and Stage Management. Having earned her degree in Technical Theatre from West Texas A&M University in 2011, she worked in Stage Management in Chicago. Upon returning to Texas in 2013, Cassidy turned her pursuits to a career in theatre education. After teaching at Decatur High School for a year, Cassidy became the Technical Theatre Director at Plano Senior High School from 2014-2017 and Director 2017-2018. In 2020, she returned to the classroom as the Technical Theatre Director here, at Plano West Senior High School, after spending time working as a private contractor. At Plano Senior High School, under her design and direction in 2018, Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical was recognized by Dallas Summer Musicals for "Best Direction", "Best Lighting Design", and "Best Musical". Previous nominations include “Best Scenic Design” for Legally Blonde in 2016 and “Best Lighting Design” for Hello Dolly in 2015. Under her technical direction, her crew was nominated for Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution in 2017 and 2015. Cassidy is a proud member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and is dedicated to promoting the arts in our schools and community.