Dr. Crawford has served as a critic judge for over 40 years. He holds a PhD from Texas Tech University in theatre with specialization in Directing, Acting and Playwriting. He completed his graduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University and undergraduate degrees at North Texas State University and Tyler Junior College. He is an award-winning playwright with New York productions on his resume with publications through Player's Press. He has won the TETA Educator of the Year, Watson Wise Chair for Teaching Excellence, Baker Excellence in Teaching Award and a Piper Nominee.