Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 TETA Award Recipients

The 2018 TETA Awards Banquet will be held Friday, January 26th during TheatreFest 2018 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.  Doors open at 6pm for dinner and a cash bar.  Tickets are $25 and are still available for purchase.  You can order your by filling out a simple online form or as long as seats are available you can get yours on-site in the registration area.
Here are this year's award recipients:

Annie Dragoo - K-12 TETA Educator of the Year
ANNIE DRAGOO began teaching and directing in 1993. She holds a BA in English and Speech Communication with a Concentration in Theatre Studies from Houston Baptist University. In the summer of 2008, she was granted a scholarship to study in residency at the Globe Theatre in London and has trained for several years with the Broadway Teaching Lab in New York. Her career has included directing elementary, middle, and high school students across Texas. Annie began the musical theatre program at Austin High in 2004, and since that time, has directed 18 musical productions at the school. In her 25-year career, she has directed over 50 productions. Dragoo co-directed three Austin High productions that qualified for the 5A State Contest, winning the State Championship in 2012 and second place in 2017. Among her favorites productions to direct are Spring Awakening, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Avenue Q and Radio Eyes. She wrote the Musical Theatre innovative course curriculum that was adopted by TEA in 2013.  Dragoo served on the TETA Board of Directors for three years and servied on the UIL Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves as the TETA Curriculum Chair. Dragoo has performed in several professional productions in Dallas, Houston, & Austin. In 2015, she won the Alma Slawinski Leadership Award from the Texas Thespians. Her favorite role is mom to Josh, Haley, & Sadie and wife to Billy.

Mandy Conner - TETA K-12 Educator of the Year
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Mandy Conner has been teaching at Connally High School in Waco, Texas for over 20 years. She began her love for theatre while attending McLennan Community College and Texas Tech University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She has earned 10 trips to the Regional UIL One Act Play Meet (including her original production Ago), and has had six appearances at the UIL State One Act Play Meet (including her original production of Lafayette No. 1), earning First Runner-Up in 2010. In addition to teaching, directing, and writing, Mandy is a motivational speaker and conducts creativity workshops throughout the state. Mandy resides in China Spring, Texas with her husband Chris and two daughters, Edie and Josie.

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce - TETA Higher Education Teacher of the Year
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Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is Associate Professor of Theatre Education (UTeach Theatre) at the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance. Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, director and playwright. Her research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latinx theatre with and for youth. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal for Education and the Arts and Theatre Topics. Roxanne’s plays, including Mariachi Girl and Señora Tortuga are published by Dramatic Publishing. She is currently coauthoring the play Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet, commissioned by Dallas Children’s Theatre. Roxanne is a proud alumnus of the Upward Bound Program. She also taught theatre arts at United South High School in Laredo and McCallum High School in Austin for a total of six years. She was also youth director of Teatro Humanidad, a bilingual theatre company in Austin. Her web site can be found at:

Kelly Parker - TETA Higher Education Educator of the Year
Kelly Parker earned his B.F.A. in performance from Baylor University and his M.F.A. in acting/directing from Texas Tech University. In addition to teaching acting and other diverse courses, Kelly directs multiple theatrical productions each season while serving as the coordinator for the Theatre Department at McLennan. He studied the Meisner acting technique with Larry Silverberg and is a certified teacher through the True Acting Institute. He is a certified Assistant Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework(c) and has trained in voice and speech work in New York City and Los Angeles with leading voice and speech directors Catherine Fitzmaurice, Patsy Rodenberg, and Phil Thompson. Kelly is a co-founder and director of the outdoor theatrical event "Shakespeare on the Rock" featured each summer at the Tablerock Amphitheater in Salado, Texas. He is a 200-hour Registered Viniyoga Teacher; a member of TETA, a registered Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD, VASTA, LMDA and Yoga Alliance. Kelly spent the summer of 2017 studying improvisational performance techniques with Keith Johnstone at the Loose Moose Theater Company in Alberta, Canada.

Gary Davis - TETA Administrator of the Year
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Gary Davis became the 8th Superintendent of DCISD on July 1, 2014. Mr. Davis is currently in his 28th year of public education and his 15th in administration. He served as the DCISD Assistant Superintendent from 2012-2014 and prior to that he was the Denver City High School Principal for 8 years, from 2004-2012. He also worked as the Assistant Principal of DCHS for one year. He is a graduate of Ozona High School, Angelo State University, and the University of the Southwest. Prior to coming to Denver City, Mr. Davis taught in Plains; Lovington, New Mexico; Wall & Ector County ISD in Odessa. He holds lifetime teaching certification in Art, English, Journalism, Speech & Theatre. Mr. Davis is a second-generation public school superintendent. His father, Garland Davis, was a life-long educator, having worked for Robert Lee ISD; Medina ISD; Crockett County CCSD in Ozona; Lovington, NM and as a Deputy Commissioner of Education for the Texas Education Agency under Commissioner Raymond Bynum. The elder Mr. Davis was one of the founding members of the Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS). Gary Davis is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS), the Texas School Coalition, Chair-elect of the University Interscholastic League's One-Act Play Advisory Committee, the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA), a member of the TETA Advisory Board and the Texas Theatre Adjudicators & Officials Organization (TTAO). He previously served on the Foundation Scholarship Board for the New Mexico Junior College, is a past president of the Denver City Chamber of Commerce and an Elder at the Denver City Church of Christ. Mr. Davis celebrates 25 years of marriage this summer to his wife, Carmela. She has been the Director of Physical Therapy at the Yoakum County Hospital for 18 years. They have three children: Marlow, a freshmen at Abilene Christian University; Sawyer, a freshman at Denver City High School & Emery, a 5th grader at Kelley Elementary. Mr. Davis believes that "one's true measure is determined by his contribution to the lives of others"

Gloria McLuckie - TETA Founders Award
This is the 31st year for Gloria McLuckie, Denver City Theatre Director, to teach Theatre in grades 8-12.  She has also taught Speech, Reading, and Debate, during her career. She received her Master of Arts in Theatre, during the summer of 2017, from Texas A&M-Commerce, and her BA from East Texas State University, 1986. She has spent her career at New Diana ISD, Hempstead ISD, and Corsicana ISD. Her plays have appeared at the state meet for 17 years, including; 11 in a row.  Her last year at Corsicana HS, gave her an exciting event, as her daughter and she co-directed their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The Royal Tragedy, earning them a trip to the State OAP Meet.  Her students have earned 5-1st place trophies, 5-2nd place trophies, and 4-3rd place trophies.  Her students have received 4 State Best Actress awards, 4 State Best Actor awards, 5 Samuel French Awards.  “Ms. Mac,” as her students call her, serves on the UIL Advisory Committee from 1994 to present. She served as the Texas Educational Theatre Association K-12 VP and the Awards Chairman.  She proudly accepted the TETA Secondary Educator of the Year Award in 2007.  She received the Frank L. Denius Award for UIL Sponsor Excellence in 1996.  In 1997 she received Upshur County Teacher of the Year, was nominated for Texas Woman of the Year in 1997 and the Disney Teacher Award in 1999.  She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and Lions Club International.  “It is true that “CHANGE IS DEFINITELY GOOD.”  Teaching is my calling and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the awesome students in Denver City ISD.  

Jim Rambo - TETA Emeritus Award
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Jim Rambo is a retired professor of theatre, having taught on the undergraduate level for 39 years. He has been a UIL adjudicator since 1977 having judged over 220 contests, including state one act play 7 times. He will adjudicate 6A state contest in 2018. He is also an adjudicator for Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and is the coordinator for Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools one act play contest. He has served as President of Texas Educational Theatre Association and was the second Chairperson for the previous Texas Educational Theatre Association Adjudicators Organization now called Texas Theatre Adjudicators Organization. Jim has received six directing awards from American College Theater Festival and had two shows advancing to the regional festival and one show as an alternate to Washington DC.  Jim was named the 1985 Educator of the Year for Community/Junior colleges with Texas Educational Theatre Association and is also a Founder's Award recipient with Texas Educational Theatre Association. “Rambo” as he is affectionately called by students, presently serves as the Special Guest Coordinator for the 2018 Theatrefest in Galveston, Texas.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

TETA Auditions

Happy New Year!

TheatreFest is fast approaching, and this year we are so excited to provide new opportunities for your students to network with colleges and universities. This year we took away the limit for the number of students who can audition from each school which caused us to have more students sign up than ever before. As of right now we have a grand total of 208 students signed up for 120 spots, because of this overwhelming number of students interested we will be providing an opportunity for those students who did not make an audition time to still submit their headshot and resume to the dropbox to be viewed by the college auditors that are attending TETA. That way if your student did not get an audition spot they can still visit a booth in the exhibit hall and the colleges will have access to their files. Also if your student did not get in for acting auditions, but would like to do technical auditions instead we still have room for technical auditioners, just be sure to contact me so we can change it and get their information in as soon as possible.

Tips on how your students can make the most of their time at TETA: Have them...

Upload their resume and headshot to the TETA Auditions Dropbox to be available to the colleges.

Visit all the colleges in the exhibit hall to network with their programs.

Memorize their monologues if they are auditioning.

Bring their portfolios with them for callbacks so they can use it as reference to show the college auditors. Here are some things to be sure to include in their portfolios:

Pictures speak a thousand words: Have them put photo examples of their work whether it’s a character they have played, a set they have helped build, or a prop that they have designed.

Writing Examples: Have them include anything they are proud of such as character analysis papers, design concept papers, plays or scenes they have written, etc.

Awards they have received.

Go to workshops, participate in events, and Network, Network, Network!

I look forward to working with you all in a few short weeks. Feel free to email me if have any questions: I have included the current list of participating colleges and universities at the bottom of this email.

Nina Saunders
TETA Auditions Chair

Alvin Community College
Amarillo College
Angelo State University
Baylor University
Blinn College
Blinn College-Brenham
College of the Mainland
East Texas Baptist University
Galveston College
Grayson College
KD Conservatory
Kilgore College
Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Lamar University
Lee College
McLennan College
Midwestern State University
Sam Houston State University
San Jacinto College Central Theatre
SFA School of Theatre
Southwestern University
Sul Ross State University
Tarleton State University
Texas Tech University
Texas Wesleyan University
The Powerhouse Theater Training Program at Vassar College
The University of Houston
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
University of Southern Indiana
University of Texas at Arlington
University of the Incarnate Word
UTA Department of Theatre Arts
Webster University
West Texas A&M University
Wharton County Junior College

Workshops! Workshops! Workshops!

We have more than 300 workshops scheduled for TETA TheatreFest 2018 Galveston Moody Gardens! It’s time for YOU to contribute to the convention and share your expertise!!! If you’ve always thought about presenting but didn’t want to present for an entire hour and fifteen minutes, now is the time to ease your way into becoming an integral part of the convention. Sign up to present a ten minute workshop! Anyone can do ten minutes!!! You have something you do well, something you feel you are really good at, something that you would be willing to share with others! Sign up NOW! Present your ten minute workshop to attendees over and over again for an hour and a half and let your administration know that you presented at the State Theatre Education Conference! It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced teacher or you’ve just survived your first semester! Come share with us!

Complete the attached form by Monday, January 15, 2018 to secure a time to present! Come “Chart the Course” with US! We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, January 5, 2018

TheatreFest Registration and Hotel Deadlines - Next Week!!


Next week is a key time for the TheatreFest 2018 Convention.  Can you believe we are less than three weeks away from Convention?  Moody Gardens Resort is ready and waiting!

Two deadline that I want to remind you of:

·         Next Tuesday, Jan. 9th is the last day for early-bird and online registration.  Registration must be paid in full to receive the $120 rate.  Paying with a credit card is best, but checks must be postmarked Jan. 9th to get the lower rate, no exceptions.
·         After Jan. 9th, online registration will shut down, and the rate will go up to $170, an extra $50.
·         There will be no online registration after Jan. 9th.  The next opportunity to register will be at the actual Convention.  This will give us an opportunity to pre-print the name badges prior to the Convention, avoiding a major issue we had last year.
·         A FREE T-SHIRT!!  All members registering and paying by Jan. 9th will receive a FREE Convention t-shirt!  No t-shirts will be given for onsite registration.  We must produce them during the two weeks registration is shut down.
·         Register now!  Save $50, get a free t-shirt and avoid the long lines at Convention!

·         Moody Garden’s is still over booked
·         The deadline to make any changes to the Moody Garden reservations is Jan. 10thThis includes just reducing a reservation by even just one room night.  After this date, you will be charged for the entire reservation, and no changes will be accepted.  This is the contract TETA has with Moody.
·         We have a new contract with Comfort Suites.  $109 per room.  Call 409-741-9977
·         Other hotel info can be found at

That is it for now.  Please register now.  Hope to see you in a few weeks!

Jerry Ivins

How to register for TheatreFest: 
Early registration is due on Jan. 9th.  Please follow these steps:
            Step #1. Register for TETA membership.  Go to this link and register for TETA Membership
(the cost will be $20 for students and $50 for adults) -
            Step #2. Register for the TheatreFest Convention -  
            Step #3. You will receive two separate emails for invoices.  One for TETA Membership, and
another for Convention Registration.  Use this if you did not pay each with a credit card while registering above.

For More Information: 
·         About TETA -
·         About TheatreFest Convention -
o   Convention Director of Programming and Special Events – Mr. Greg Arp,
o   Convention Director of Operations – Dr. Jerry Ivins,
o   Exhibit Chair – Mr. Jay Thomas,
·         About Sponsorships for TheatreFest 2017 -  
·         About Auditions and Auditing Auditions –
o   Nina Saunders -
·         About DesignFest –  
o   Mr. John Ogden -
·         About PlayFest –  
o   Ms. Karen King -
·         About FilmFest –
o   Mr. JP Gregoriew -
Mr. Chris Caddel -

Support our Exhibitors!


TETA Exhibits are back and better than ever! We hope that you have registered and have made plans to join us this year. We are thrilled to present some awesome Exhibits this year. We are welcoming back veteran vendors, as well as new vendors! We expect TheatreFest Exhibits to be bigger and better than ever before!

Exhibitors make up a large part of TheatreFest. The TheatreFest Exhibits are a great chance for you to visit unique vendors from all over the country. These vendors represent businesses and colleges that can benefit you, your program, and your students! The businesses offer products that can help enhance your theatre program or teaching! Colleges and Universities present give you or your students an opportunity to talk one on one with representatives from that college or university! (How awesome!)

Most of our traditional vendors are returning.  They are the life of the organization, offering the latest and greatest in the Theatre industry.  Some of the new vendors joining them this year will be:

Snap! Raise
LuXout Stage Curtains
Texas Commission on the Arts
Southern Oregon University
The Acting Studio
Broadway Media Distribution
DRLane Designs

We are excited for the returning and new vendors.  Let’s show them how important they are by visiting them at their booths!  To increase exposure for the Exhibitors, TETA is planning the following:

This year, our vendors will once again participate in Passport. Passport is a fun chance for you to visit vendors in the exhibit area. Simply obtain a signature from the vendor, and if you obtain all signatures needed, you are in the drawing to win a prize!!

The TETA Board of Directors has once again funded “Breakfast with the Exhibitors!” An all Convention Breakfast for Adult Members.  A chance for adult Teachers and Educators to grab breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 am, and meet with the Exhibitors!  Come down early, we will serve until the food is gone!

TheatreFest at Moody Gardens will allow the exhibits to be located in a spacious and beautiful convention hall. Within the hall will be Exhibits, DesignFest, Techland Café and two dance/combat workshop spaces. DesignFest will be divided into four sections:
  1. DesignFest Competition – Students and educators showcase their technical expertise.
  2. Technical Auditions – This year, the Technical Auditions will be mounted in the Exhibit Hall for ALL TheatreFest participants to enjoy and appreciate!
  3. State UIL 2015-16 Theatrical Design Winners – We are inviting those winning students to showcase their art.  Previously only on display at the State OAP Contest, now will be available to all at TheatreFest.
  4. Professional and Community Theatres – We will be inviting local professional and community theatres to showcase their designs, as well.

By having all of these great events in one central location, we encourage you to stop by and support all of our wonderful vendors and exhibits!

We hope you have a wonderful convention experience this year and we hope to see you in the Exhibit Hall! Feel free to stop by and say hi! Should you have any questions regarding exhibits, please contact
Mr. Jay Thomas,


Jay Thomas and Alicia Green
2018 TheatreFest Co-Exhibit Chairs

How to register for TheatreFest: 
Early registration is due on Jan. 9th.  Please follow these steps:
            Step #1. Register for TETA membership.  Go to this link and register for TETA Membership
(the cost will be $20 for students and $50 for adults) -
            Step #2. Register for the TheatreFest Convention -  
            Step #3. You will receive two separate emails for invoices.  One for TETA Membership, and
another for Convention Registration.  Use this if you did not pay each with a credit card while registering above.

For More Information: 
·         About TETA -
·         About TheatreFest Convention -
o   Convention Director of Programming and Special Events – Mr. Greg Arp,
o   Convention Director of Operations – Dr. Jerry Ivins,
o   Exhibit Chair – Mr. Jay Thomas,
·         About Sponsorships for TheatreFest 2017 -  
·         About Auditions and Auditing Auditions –
o   Nina Saunders -
·         About DesignFest –  
o   Mr. John Ogden -
·         About PlayFest –  
o   Ms. Karen King -
·         About FilmFest –
o   Mr. JP Gregoriew -
Mr. Chris Caddel -