Crystal King has a passion for theatre. She’s a theatre teacher at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound and she loves sharing that passion with her students. King strives to make a significant experience for both her students and the people who the student’s shows. In her free time King loves trying out new places around the area with her husband and discovering new hang out spots, along with reading and watching movies
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Arlington, Texas. Growing up, my family and I moved to a few different states, including Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and then back to Texas (the Plano area). I attended the University of North Texas (go Mean Green) and have been living in the North Texas area ever since.
How long have you lived in Carrollton?
I have been living in Carrollton since 2011. I love how eclectic Carrollton is, and how close it is to everything in the North Texas area!
How did you get into theatre?
Theatre has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school. Some of my fondest memories growing up are going to see live Broadway musicals with my grandmother-she is the one I can thank for introducing me to theatre! I then started taking theatre as an elective in middle school and my passion really took off from there. Along with theatre I have performed in film, commercials, and been a broadcaster on radio.
How did you become a teacher with LISD?
I love working for LISD and have been teaching theatre with the district for the last 11 years. While at UNT I took some directing classes, including “Theatre for Young Audiences,” and discovered that I had an interest in directing youth in theatrical performances. I student taught at two different campuses in C-FB ISD. I received my teaching certificate and LISD was the first district that offered me a position.
What’s your favorite performance you’ve worked on?
I try to make each of the performances I direct meaningful and impactful to not only the students who are performing in the shows, but to the audience as well. This last school year one of the plays we performed is a play by Ed Monk called “Booby Trap,” which is about a soldier who steps on a land mine and hears it click. He then has flashbacks/forwards of his life. To prepare my students for the show and to give them insight into the sacrifices our military makes for us, I took them to the American Fallen Soldiers Gallery in Addison. We had a personal tour of the gallery with the artist of the portraits and met and talked with a retired United States Air Force General as well as a Gold Star family member. I also had a Vietnam veteran come work with my students to show them the proper way to salute, march, and present themselves while in character. These are experiences that none of us will ever forget. There is something from each show I’ve directed or performed in that is special to me.
What’s your favorite way to relax?
As a mother to 3 active children and a teacher to 200 students, relaxation is hard to come by! When I do get to relax, my husband and I love going to Spa Castle (right here in Carrollton) and spending the day in the saunas and pools. I also love reading a great book or play! Summer is my re-charging time and I take full advantage of it. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all, and take a nap.
What’s a movie you could watch over and over again?
My favorite movie I could watch over and over again is a cheat-I’m going with a series. I love all of the Marvel Avenger movies (well…maybe not “The Incredible Hulk” movie; that one wasn’t very good!); I’ve watched every one of them and just recently had a marathon of all of them again. My most favorite Avenger is Thor. He’s a Norse god that can control lightning with his magical hammer? That’s just cool!
What would you say is a common misconception about people in theatre?
A common misconception about people in theatre or people pursuing theatre is that it is easy or we are disillusioned to the future. Getting a degree is the arts is tough! First you have to convince your parents that a degree in theatre is not a waste of your future, and that you can pursue your dreams, even if your dreams are unconventional to the traditional college degree. Then, you have to work really hard at networking and landing your next role or job. It takes a special kind of person who can get on stage in front of an audience and accurately portray a character, and it takes a special kind of person that can bring a playwright or writer’s work to life. Oh, and not every theatre person loves Shakespeare.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance to?
Something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance is to go see a World Cup final game! The World Cup will be here in the United States in 2026 and I look forward to going and being a part of that experience.
What are some things you’ve learned from being in theatre?
The most important thing I’ve learned from theatre is how to see the world from someone else’s eyes. Everyone has their own unique experiences and things that make them wonderfully different, and I love getting to be a part of different character’s lives and sharing those lives with others.
What’s your favorite family activity?
My favorite family activity, especially for the summer, is to go to the water park! We love going to Hawaiian Falls and are there at least once a week during the season. When it’s not the summer we enjoy spending time together outdoors, whether it be at the park or at a restaurant patio.