Dr. Dominic J. Cunetto was originally from St. Louis, Missouri where he received his B.A.from Washington University with a major in theatre. He also attended the University of Florida where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in theatre. While in Florida he taught at Terry Parker H.S., Cardinal Mooney H.S., and St. Petersburg Junior College. In 1963 he accepted a position at Mississippi State University where he initiated the theatre program.
He developed and taught courses in theatre, directed over 80 plays, and was the Founder of the First Statewide High School Drama Festival in 1963. He was been a long time member of M.T.A., and has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President, and S.E.T.C. State Representative. He is presently serving as historian.
He has received awards for his work in theatre from Washington University, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University.
In 1988 Cunetto was awarded the Cowboy Maloney Award “for his outstanding contributions to the Mississippi Theatre Association.” He retired from MSU in 1991 when the theatre in McComas Hall was completed. In that same year at MTA’s Convention Dr. Cunetto was bestowed with the honor of having the winner of the State High School Drama Festival named “The Dominic Cunetto Award for Best Production.”
|2014||Bill Rester||Picayune Memorial High School|
|2013||Suzanne Allmon||Oak Grove High School|
|2012||Suzanne Allmon||Oak Grove High School|
|2011||Mandy Kinney||Starkville High School|
|2010||Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber||John Davenport||Oxford High School||Winner, SETC. 1st year that SETC allowed Secondary Division to send 2 schools.|
|2009||David Ives||Chris Wooten||Laurel Christian School|
|2007||Suzanne Allmon||Oak Grove High School|
|2006||Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland||Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland||Hattiesburg High School|
|2005||Jim Leonard, Jr.||Suzanne Allmon||Oak Grove High School|
|2004||Jean-Claude van Itallie||Sandra Camphor||Ocean Springs High School|
|2003||Moliere||Ocean Springs High School|
|2002||Hattiesburg High School|
|2001||Oak Grove High School|
|2000||Ocean Springs High School|
|1999||Hattiesburg High School|
|1998||Starkville High School|
|1997||Oak Grove High School|
|1996||Biloxi High School|
|1995||Hattiesburg High School|
|1994||Hattiesburg High School|