The arts community remembers "Mr. Tent Theatre"

Byrne Blackwood
Dr. Byrne Blackwood receiving an Ozzie Award in 2005

Former Missouri State University professor of theater and dance, Dr. Byrne Blackwood, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the age of 88. Dr. Blackwood was the 'face and heart' of Tent Theatre, Missouri State University's annual summer theatre festival. He became involved in the festival in 1968 and stayed involved until his retirement. 

The Springfield News-Leader wrote a touching tribute to Byrne, found here. 

In addition to Tent Theatre, Dr. Blackwood collaborated with many arts organizations, including The Springfield Little Theatre, and received an Ozzie Award in 2005 for his work.