A veteran of stage and higher education Travis Stockley, 50, died in an automobile accident in Lumberton, N.C., on August 24, 2006. Stockley was an assistant professor and coordinator of the Music Theatre degree program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Stockley joined UNC Pembroke in 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the University’s Bachelor of Music program in Musical Theatre in 2005. He directed a number of musicals at the University, including “Music Man,” “Babes in Arms,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown."
An accomplished director, Stockley directed over 100 professional productions throughout the U. S. and Europe, including “The Music Man” (starring Gary Sandy), “Man of La Mancha” (starring David Holiday), “My Fair Lady,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “West Side Story,” “Grease” and “Show Boat."
A Chicago, Ill., native, Stockley earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan and his Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University. He was a member of the East Carolina University faculty before coming to UNCP.
Stockley won the Outer Critics Award for the best Off-Broadway musical production and the Joseph Jefferson Award for best director of a musical. A finalist in the Sundance Theatre Lab, he entered three shorts in the Sundance Film Festival.
An active member of his community, Stockley served on the Advisory Board for “Strike At The Wind!” in Pembroke, N.C., and directed plays at the Gilbert Theater in Fayetteville, N.C. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity for men.
The Stockley family is planning a private funeral service to be held in Chicago, Ill. A memorial service will be held in the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at 4:30 p.m.