Professor Steven Pounders, MFA, is a professor in the department of Theatre Arts. He joined the Baylor Faculty in 2002 and continues to work as a professional actor and director with theatre productions in Texas, New York, and other regions, including Off Broadway premieres and as a company member with the Resonance Ensemble in New York City. He has held membership in Actors Equity Association for over 30 years.
Professor Pounders is no stranger to Campus Living & Learning as he previously served as Faculty-in-Residence from 2008 until 2015 for University House and then Heritage House. He also helped to create the Fine Arts LLC, now housed in Heritage House. As FIR, he promoted meaningful interactions with students and supported their artistic endeavors within the community. For his previous service as FIR, he received the Student Life Outstanding Faculty Partner award in 2015.
Before coming to Baylor in 2002, Professor Pounders received his graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught at Abilene Christian University. He is a certified teacher of Meisner Acting Technique and has stage combat certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors. Alongside the performance courses that he teaches for undergraduates, Professor Pounders also serves as a member of the graduate faculty and mentors graduate student directors. He serves on the Creative Arts Experience Committee, which oversees the CAE program in the Fine Arts core curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Convocation Committee, which oversees Baylor’s annual convocation for the freshman class. He received the Baylor Centennial Professor Award in 2016.
Joining Professor Pounders in Heritage House is his wife, Hope. “I am eager to join the students and staff of the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center at Heritage House. Having often shared artistic, academic, and spiritual experiences with the Fine Arts LLC in the past, I am excited to begin this new journey of living and learning together.”