A former employee at the award-winning Kansas City Starlight Theatre will serve as Texas State’s first box office manager for the new Performing Arts Center set to open in February.
Robert Styer recently left his job as box office manager of the Starlight Theatre for the open position at Texas State this spring. Styer said a box office manager’s job is to oversee ticket sales and ensure operations run smoothly from the time audience members arrive until they take their seats for the shows.
Styer is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has been selling tickets since his first job in 1991 at “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” Styer said he viewed the Texas State website one day and knew the box office manager position was for him. The atmosphere, the growing city and the “amazing” school system were all pull factors, he said.
“It was time to come home,” Styer said. “My family is here and my wife and I are very family-oriented.”
Styer his vision for the theatre is simple—to make it as fun as possible. He said he wants the theatre to be nice, classic, professional and student-driven.
“The best part of my job is there are no negatives,” Styer said. “I get paid to make sure people have a good time, and what is better than that?”
Joey Martin, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said picking Styer for the position was an easy decision. Martin said Styer had the most experience out of 58 applicants who applied and was able to work as a team player.
“It is crucial that we work together,” Martin said.
The new Performing Arts Center will work the same way a professional theatre does, Martin said.
Martin said three new positions were added to the Performing Arts Center staff. These positions include box office manager, operations manager and a lighting supervisor. Students, staff and community members will be able to order tickets online to print out or view on their cell phones, Martin said. The new theatre is equipped with trap doors, a fly system, classrooms and dressing areas.
The theatre will not only be used for productions. There will be a separate room serving as a recital hall, Martin said.
Chelsi Jump, musical theatre freshman, said she is excited about the building and the new box office manager. She said the new box office manager could help improve efficiency with the ticketing and reservation processes for shows.
Jump said the addition of a box office manager will be beneficial to the community and Texas State’s theatre program.
“It prepares us for the real world and lets us get a feel of what it will be like when we are working as professional actors,” Jump said.
Everything about the new theatre is meant to meet the artistic needs of the students, Martin said. He said it was specifically designed for productions and recitals.
Texas State’s theatre, dance and music programs are continuing to grow and the new building is a great step for the university, Martin said.
“Texas State will continue to grow, and I really want to be a part of that,” Styer said.