Jack Garrison, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, is honored to be directing The Boys Next Door for Crane River Theater this summer. In his fifty years at UNK, he has directed more than 130 productions in all genres of theatre (from Ancient Greece to modern musical comedies) and has acted in more than thirty-five other productions. He was co-founder of and an actor/director for both the Theatre of the American West and the Great Platte River Playwrights Festival. In addition, Jack is a certified judge in the Nebraska School Activities Association and has adjudicated more than four thousand high school one-acts, as well as more than twenty thousand individuals in the speech contest circuit on all levels of competition. He has participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as an adjudicator, and had his production of Turtle Island Blues performed at the regional festival in Minneapolis. Jack was a member of the Nebraska Speech Communications and Theatre Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Nebraska. He has worked with the Kearney Community Theatre both as an actor and as a director and took A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking to the NACT Festival in Lincoln. In the summer months, Jack is a professional re-enactor who portrays “Crazy Meet” the Mountain Man at The Archway.