Canyon, Texas—Michael Lange, director of television shows including The X-Files, Criminal Minds and Switched at Birth, will speak at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 in Legacy Hall about “Passion, Perseverance and Practicality.” As part of West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public. Lange has directed and produced 262 episodes for television across 86 different series, for which he earned a Directors Guild of America Award nomination. In addition to TV, Lange has directed six movies, including a Sundance Festival feature. Lange studied theatre with a focus on directing at George Washington University. He spent 8 years in the advertising business producing national television and radio commercials before he decided to pursue his dream of directing in Hollywood. Lange’s appearance is part of the South Central Broadcasting Society conference hosted by WTAMU’s National Broadcasting Society chapter.