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drama and humanities educator

George Lewis Meshke was American drama and humanities educator. Certified teacher, Washington. Recipient Gold medal Kennedy Center, 1985, Washington State Humanities medal, 1983, NISAD medal, 1989, Washington State Drama award, 1999.


Meshke, George Lewis was born on October 7, 1930 in Yakima, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of George Joseph and Marye Elizabeth (Lopas) Meshke.


Bachelor, University Washington, 1953. Master of Arts, University Washington, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy in Drama, University Washington, 1972.


Teacher English and drama Zillah High School, Washington, 1955-1958, high school, Bellevue, 1958-1960, Federal Way, 1960-1970. Director, actor Old Brewery Theatre, Helena, Montana, 1962-1966. Professor drama Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, 1970-2000, part-time instructor, 2001—2005, emeritus, since 2005.

Casting director, director summer seminar Laughing Horse Summer Theatre, Ellensburg, Washington, 1989-1996, Children's Literature Institute, 2000. Adjunct professor graduate studies Central Washington University, Teacher Exchange, London, 1995, People-to People Exchange, China, 2000, Mongolia, Manchuria, 2001. Lecturer Inquiring Mind series Washington State Humanities, 1989-1991.

Regional director American College Theatre Festival, Washington, 1980-1986. Arts dialogue J.F. Kennedy Center, Washington, since 1987. Casting director, actor Hollywood Indiana Productions.

Advisory council Kennedy Center.


  • Certified teacher, Washington.


  • Other Work

    • Author, producer Towers of Tomorrow, 1985, The Halls of Yesterday-Yakima History drama. Appeared in Yakima, Washington, 1998.


Regional board directors Common Cause, Yakima, 1971-1973. Active National History Society, National Wilderness Society, Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, Washington State Commission Humanities, Drama League, People to People Tours, Clinton Library. With United States Army, 1953-1955, Austria.

Member American Civil Liberties Union, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Washington Education Association, Northwest Drama Association, American Legion, American Education Theatre Association, American Federation Teachers, Kennedy Library., Amnesty International Carter Library., Library. Congress (associate), Smithsonian Institution, Phi Delta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, mountain climbing, skiing, reading.


George Joseph Meshke

Marye Elizabeth (Lopas) Meshke