Dr. Watkins had his first public singing  performance at the age of 2 1/2 .  He holds both the  Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the  University of Southern MS, and completed his Ph.D. degree  from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His dissertation, The Musical Theater Experience and the  Extent to Which it Affects High School Students, was  published in the fall of 2005. Professional training  includes the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Herbert Burghoff Studios, Manhattan School of Music, and Education  at the Met in New York City.  He has served on several  arts and education organization boards at the local, state,  and national levels, and has worked in some capacity in over 200 professional and amateur musical theatre  productions.  Currently he is Fine Arts Chair at  Covington High School in Covington, LA, and Founder/Producer of  the Covington Louisiana Actors Playhouse System.  He  has toured with his choirs and has sung in his favorite  cities including Washington, DC, New York City, Rome, and  Florence, Italy. His proudest accomplishment is his family - wife of 33 years, Adair; and their children; daughter, Charlotte and son, Adair Richard.