Nicholas Ewen, originally from Greybull, Wyoming, first came to HPU in the fall of 1998 as a freshman. Nicholas is the youngest of four brothers who all graduated from HPU (Shane Ewen – ’95, Brennon Ewen – ’97, Matt Ewen – ’02). Majoring in Theatre with a minor in Christian studies, he was a member of three student organizations: Sigma Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Alpha Psi Omega. After graduating from HPU in 2002, Nicholas went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas Pan-American and a doctorate in Fine Arts/Theatre from Texas Tech University. Dr. Ewen began teaching, designing, and directing plays at HPU in the fall of 2007, and has been the Chair of the Department of Theatre since 2019. Dr. Ewen teaches all aspects of Theatre Arts including acting, directing, design, history, and playwriting. Also, Dr. Ewen has written and presented many plays, articles, and workshops; regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has also served as a UIL One-Act Play Judge since 2006. Dr. Ewen is very actively involved in local arts events at the Brownwood Lyric Theatre as an actor, writer, designer, and director. Currently, he is the chair of the Brownwood Arts Council and he is also serving as the minister of music at May First Baptist Church. Nicholas is married to Clarrissa Rene Ewen (’96 graduate) and together they have three children; Bethanie, Christopher, and Emma.
As the director of the HPU Theatre Department, Dr. Ewen has benefitted from years of experience working with Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld and so many amazingly talented students and colleagues. His vision for the department, called The Servant Artist Program, is to serve and share Christ through excellence onstage and off.