Western’s Carlisle wins DAR chapter Man of the Year Award

CULLOWHEE – Steve Carlisle, interim associate dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College, is recipient of the Man of the Year Award presented by the Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of the N.C. Society of Daughters of the American Revolution in Henderson County.

Steve Carlisle

Steve Carlisle

Carlisle, the son of Betty and Steve Carlisle Sr. of Hendersonville, received the award in recognition of excellence in theater, television, motion pictures and radio at the chapter’s meeting Sept. 8. A graduate of Hendersonville High School, he graduated from Western in 1973 with a degree in speech and theatre arts. He went on to Florida Atlantic University, where he earned his master of fine arts degree in theatre in 1977.

Carlisle is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Theatrical and Radio Artists, and has enjoyed a career in theatre, films and television spanning more than 30 years.

While living in New York, he performed off Broadway, worked with Charles Nelson Reilly and the National Shakespeare Co., and toured and performed in schools and theatres. He performed in several soap operas, including “One Life To Live,” “Ryan’s Hope,” “Another World” and “All My Children.” Among his prime time TV credits are “Rosanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “L.A. Law,” “Evening Shade” and “Knot’s Landing,” while his film work includes “Dead Man Walking,” “The Curse,” “Fled,” “Cop and a Half,” “Calendar Girl” and “Air Time.”

He has performed with many regional union theaters, including the Burt Reynolds Theater in Jupiter, Fla., and at the Flat Rock Playhouse, where he has appeared in more than 150 professional productions over the past 24 years. He has directed numerous plays and appeared in national commercials and in instructional videos and CDs.

In addition to teaching at Western, he also has taught at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training and Blue Ridge Community College. A frequent master of ceremonies for local events, Carlisle hosts the weekly radio show “It’s All About Life” on WHKP-AM in Hendersonville on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.