Paul Hustoles, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Address: 201 Performing Arts (PA 201)
Phone: (507) 389-2118


  • Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Theatre Management and Directing) from Texas Tech University
  • M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Michigan
  • B.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Wayne State University

Paul J. Hustoles is currently Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he has also been Artistic Director of Highland Summer Theatre since 1985. Paul received his M.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. In the fall of 2019 he begins his 35th year at the University by directing his 233rd show (Newsies, the Musical), having produced over 625 in his career. A college instructor for over forty-four years, he has taught in Missouri, Texas, Mississippi and Michigan. He is very active in and a past Chair of Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He has directed the prestigious KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition four time at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Board of the National Partners of the American Theatre. Dr. Hustoles served as the Acting Vice President for University Advancement for Minnesota State Mankato twice (once for President Rush, once for President Davenport) and was the chair of 2018’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. He is the current Vice President for the Faculty Association, representing his fellow IFO faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, and in 2012, he was named one of the University’s Distinguished Scholars. 

Recent Productions:
Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (February, 2020)

Director, Shakespeare in Love (November, 2019)

Director, Newsies, the Musical (September, 2019)

Director, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (June, 2019)

Director, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (May, 2019)

Director, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (April, 2019)

Director, Peter and the Starcatcher (January, 2019)

Director, The Music Man (September, 2018)

Director, Shrek, the Musical (June, 2018)

Director, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May, 2018)

Director, Ragtime, the Musical (February, 2018)

Director, The Aeneid (October, 2017)

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