Tee Quillin is a classically trained professional actor and director. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Alabama and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Meadows School for the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Tee started out by working his way through his undergraduate program as on-air talent for several professional and public radio stations. During his time at the University of Alabama, he co-founded Guerilla Theatre, an evening of scenes, monologues, and one-act plays. Conceived as an arena for students to fully explore their potential and experiment with various theatrical form, it was–and still is–managed completely by students, including conception, production, direction, house management, and publicity. Guerilla Theatre is still an active part of campus life at the University of Alabama today.
While at Southern Methodist University, Tee organized professional auditions and showcases that were held in New York City and Los Angeles. It was during his time at SMU that his passion for Shakespeare ignited.
During his time at Missouri Western State University as a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre, he was instrumental in revitalizing a department that was, sadly, on the brink of extinction. Creating the building blocks of a new program (an overhauled and streamlined curriculum, a process-focused approach to applied learning pedagogy, and a production process modeled closely on real-world professional experience just to name a few), he laid the foundations for the growth of a thriving department. Indeed, the program was just awarded its first-ever NAST Accreditation. In addition to the pedagogical work, he also made major changes to the infrastructure of the department’s day-to-day affairs; most notably the research and implementation the Vendini box office management system for ticket sales and data tracking. He also co-founded a new Equity summerstock theatre program, Western Playhouse, serving as its Artistic Director for the first two years of its existence. In addition, he directed productions of Barefoot in the Park, Miss Saigon, and The Music Man.
His professional on-stage credits include performances with the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, as well as the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Tee has also stared in various national television commercials, (7-Eleven, Krystal, Tn. Lottery, & CMT to name a few). Tee has had the pleasure of working with Barbara Somerville, Ben Furey, Cecil O’Neal, Michael Connolly, and Patsy Rodenburg. While working with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tee taught acting workshops and during his tenure with the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, he served as Director of Education working in partnership with television star, Lane Davies.
As a voice-over artist, Tee’s work has been featured in several regional and local radio and television ads. He also narrates and produces audiobooks for Audible.com including Each Dawn I Die and Brightside.
Tee has been an active member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference by participating on various discussion panels and conducting workshops. He has also participated as a production respondent for Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF). Tee was actively involved with the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts as Auditions Coordinator, Adjudicator and Interviewer.
Tee is the co-founder and former co-host of the weekly theatre podcast, The Inexplicable Dumb Show. Along with his co-host, he has also been an invited guest of The Humana Festival of New American Plays (2008-2011) at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY where he has been a part of interviewing playwrights and professional actors for this weekly podcast. Tee’s website also plays host to a partnership with Shakespeare’s Monologues, where he created and hosts scansion-ready, printable PDF files of all of the major monologues from the Shakespearean canon.
Tee is an active member of the Actors Equity Association, an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, and has been recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors as an Actor Combatant on multiple occasions.
Among the productions Tee has starred in, he counts Hamlet in Hamlet, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, George Tessman in Hedda Gabler, Peter in Company, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, as well as Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Jamie in The Last Five Years among his most memorable. His favorite productions he has directed include, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, J.B., Miss Saigon, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Phantom. Tee has been playing the banjo and other instruments since he was 6 years old. He is also an avid hiker and geocacher. In his spare time, Tee is also an amateur radio operator and storm spotter.