Dr. Larry A Brechner, (M.A., D.F.A.)
School Town of Munster
Munster Auditorium Director (administrator)
Munster Theatre Company Producer/Director
Larry A Brechner, “LAB”, a life-long Highland resident, is the Munster Auditorium Director managing all 70 annual events, plus is the Theatre Company Producer/Director, producing four productions per season.
Previously he was the Theatre Administrator/Production Manager/Resident Lighting Designer at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts and Theatre at The Center.
Larry very proudly received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Purdue Calumet in Telecommunications Production/Management. Purdue Calumet honored him with the 1997 Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award. Larry holds a Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) degree in Theatre Studies.
Larry serves on the Purdue Calumet Experiential Learning Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Lakeshore Public TV/Radio (often seen as an on-air pledge host), and for Leadership Northwest Indiana. He received the 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. He is a Voting Member for the Grammy Awards, a photographic artist, and an instrument-rated commercial pilot.
Larry is married to Carol Lynn and is proud dad to Lauren, Jamie, David, and Christopher (plus Grandpa to Carlie, Brooke, Savannah Lynn, and Chase).
Larry’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“Purdue Calumet provided me with a flexible environment enabling me to pursue simultaneous career and educational goals. I was fortunate to have professors who recognized my experience and special interests. They allowed me to pursue several independent studies or use existing courses in creative ways to pursue specific study interests. Northwest Indiana is fortunate to have this world-class university serving close to 10,000 students. A Purdue degree has meaning and worth in the real world.”
Larry’s advice for Purdue Calumet students:
“My advice is to actively ‘drive’ your college program and do not accept courses to just fill your schedule. Wisely choose course work that will have the maximum impact in your area(s) of interest. If a course does not exist meet your needs, develop independent study, practicum, or Experiential Learning course that will have practical outcomes serving your specific goals and interests. Finally, my personal philosophy about work or study: “Promise only what you can deliver, but always deliver what you promise.”