Mary Shepard Spaeth’s first encounter with live theatre came at the age of eight when she “performed” next to her big sister in an outdoor performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Roman theater of Sabratha in Libya. Since then, she has lived, studied, taught, conducted research and business in several countries and has avocationally directed, acted and sung along the way. She also served for years on theater boards in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois.
A specialist in international business, Mary’s academic interests range from entrepreneurship, which she currently teaches at Texas State University, to technology innovation, business communication and organizational management. She has taught drama and literature at Southern Methodist and Loyola Universities and at National Louis University in Chicago, and business courses at Linköping University in Sweden, the University of the West of Scotland, and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Toluca. A dual citizen of the US and Sweden, she speaks fluent Swedish and claims basic proficiency in Texan. She has founded and managed three companies, including an advertising agency in Chicago and a technology commercialization management firm. In addition to a doctorate, she holds masters degrees in three disciplines. Mary has two grown children living in Texas. She and her husband Peter live in San Marcos. As a member of the Wimberley Players board, she is exploring new approaches to audience development and fundraising.