Ray Palasz, MA
Auditorium Director
Munster Theatre Company Producer/Director
International Thespian Society Troupe #2861 Director

Ray came to Munster in 2016 from Lake Central High School, where he spent 12 years working on nearly every aspect of theatre, from directing to designing to building, and yes, even acting! While at Lake Central, he re-chartered their troupe of the International Thespian Society in January of 2005. His directing credits include Lives of the Saints, Tartuffe, It's a Wonderful Life, Don Quixote, Drum Taps, As You Like It, and The Harvey Girls, which won the Regional Championship in 2012 and placed 5th at State in 2013. Drum Taps performed in 2014 at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ray also served as technical director for several musicals and summer community productions at Lake Central.  Additionally, he coached nearly 75 individual and group acting, technical, and film event entries to top honors at the State and International levels.

Ray grew up in nearby Lansing, Illinois, and attended T. F. South High School. Between the sixth and twelfth grades, he worked on over twenty productions, helping lead T. F. South to two consecutive state championships in Readers Theatre.  After graduating high school, Ray attended Valparaiso University, where he majored in English Education and Theatre and Television Arts. While at Valpo, Ray worked on many productions as actor, director, designer, stage manager, and technician.

He currently is the Co-Chapter Director for the Indiana Thespians, and has served on the nominating committee for the Educational Theatre Association. He is also a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

Ray earned his BA in Theatre and Television Arts from Valparaiso University in 2003.  In 2012, Ray earned his MA in Literature and Composition from Purdue University Calumet.  In 2015 he married his wife Courtney, a middle school choir directors.  They have two beautiful sons, Elias and Isaac!  Both are showing signs of being future Thespians!