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Rex Knowles is Executive Director of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Writer: Rex has twice won the Grand Prize of the Festival of New Plays at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for his plays Old Ties (2017) and The Night Reginald Filbert Called it Quits (2006). He wrote The Nutcracker Christmas Carol: A Holiday Musical presented by CSRT.  Rosemary Leaves was produced by CSRT for their summer theatre festival and was presented at The New Actors Theatre (NYC). Rex has written for the game shows "Jackpot," "The New $25,000 Pyramid," "Top Card," and "Academic Bowl". and was associate producer on ABC’s “Double Talk.”  He has completed two novels and is working on his third.

Actor: Rex recently appeared as co-host in the TV pilot The Joke Hunters. For the Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre, he played Chebutykin in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Scrooge in The Nutcracker Christmas Carol, and Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rex has appeared in commercials, movies, television shows, including the classics M*A*S*H, Starsky and Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard. He performs with the award winning improv comedy troupe, Chattanoodle.

Improvisation: Rex and his wife, Sherry, have been teaching improvisation for more than thirty-five years. While in Los Angeles, their classes were recommended in the book Your Film Acting Career. Garry Shandling said of their classes, "Everything I ever said was conceived in Rex and Sherry's improv class." Former students have included Garry Shandling, Leslie Jordan (Emmy Award winning actor), Sonny Shroyer (Enos, Dukes of Hazzard), Barry Pearl (Grease and Broadway's Baby It's You), Dennis Palumbo (screenwriter My Favorite Year), and hundreds of improv enthusiasts.

Rex and Sherry have led workshops for the American Film Institute, Screen Actors Guild Conservatory, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Atlanta Workshop Players, Wolftrap, Union and Auburn Theological Seminaries, the Lorian Society, and numerous colleges and universities.

For seven years they collaborated with The Consulting Alliance and Marcy Rosenbaum presenting workshops to corporate clients including Unilever, ComDisco, and Glaxo Welcome.

Producer: Rex's productions have garnered numerous Los Angeles Drama Critic's awards (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, LA Reader, LA Weekly), including awards for best production, best director, best actor, and best ensemble. In the Fall of 2008, he produced That Other Woman’s Child for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Critics wrote about the musical, written by Sherry Landrum, his wife, and George S. Clinton, a long-time friend...

In terms of sheer vivacity, it’s easy to understand this work’s appeal: It’s packed with the kind of raucous song and rambunctious dance that are frequently in short supply in today’s committee-approved musical climate.  … This all makes for the most energetically entertaining show at NYMF this year. (Matthew Murray,
A foot-stomping, Bible-pounding, down-home country musical set in the back hills of Kentucky, Sherry Landrum and George S. Clinton's That Other Woman's Child features a delightful score of bluegrass dance tunes and country-western ballads, anthems, and hymns. With choreography by Mark Knowles and musical direction by David Libby, the show's musical numbers are terrifically entertaining. (Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage)
Wow, did I ever love seeing the bluegrass musical That Other Woman’s Child. (Dr. Joy Browne, syndicated radio)
In a period when the American culture is in political turmoil and society is searchdng for both, a sense of understanding, and a sense of humor, That Other Woman’s Child turns us back to our American heritage. Liberating us with hearty laughs, southern charm, and bluegrass music, Sherry Landrum and George S. Clinton have crafted a satirical modern musical comedy that pokes fun at the traditional structures, while rooting us in the values of home and family. (Jennifer Rathbone, Theatre

Rex lived in Los Angeles with his family for fifteen years, where his daughters were born. For ten years, he lived in New York where he was full-time faculty and administrator of The New Actors Workshop, a two year professional actor training program founded by George Morrison, Mike Nichols and Paul Sills.

Rex graduated from Danville High School (KY), Wesleyan University (CT) and holds a Masters Degree in Theology and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary (NYC). He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, the Dramatists Guild, and the Chattanooga Writers Guild. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) and the Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA). He and Sherry are the proud parents of two daughters, Canedy and Jessie, and two granddaughters, Alex and Davis.