Mark Pickell – TTAO Past-Chair
Mark has participated in the OAP process as a student, director, and judge at every level of the competition. As a director he appeared at the state meet twice, placing 2nd in 2004. He also appeared twice at the state meet as a student. He has been honored to serve as a critic judge at the State One-Act Play Competition in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. He holds a BFA with honors from Southwestern University in Georgetown. He currently serves as the Chair of the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials (TTAO) Board. He is a past member of the TTAO’s Standards and Practices Committee as well as the UIL Advisory Committee. He has acted and directed professionally in Houston and Austin.He has received both a B. Iden Payne Awards and an Austin Critics’ Table Awards for his acting, directing, and design in Austin. He currently serves as Artistic Director for Capital T Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Craig Hertel – TTAO Chair-Elect
Craig Hertel has directed over 25 one-act plays–including six State Champions–has served as chair of UIL’s OAP Advisory Committee, and has been on the State Board of Texas Thespians. He has been a Contest Manager many times, including at the State Meet, and has directed many times at the college level (including ACTF) and for community theatre. He has also been an Academic Coordinator, guiding his school to 14 State Academic Championships.
Cathy Huvar – TTAO Communications Director
Taught speech and drama at Wharton County Junior College for fifteen years and was theatre director for ten years. She holds a BS in Theatre from Southwest Texas State University and a MA in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University. Cathy has taught and directed theatre on the high school, junior high school and college levels for 40 years she has been a critic judge for nearly 30 years having judged at all levels. Cathy is currently working in Katy ISD. You may contact Cathy at:
Rachel Mattox – TTAO Treasurer
Rachel’s background includes: MFA, Directing, University of Houston; BFA, Theatre Education, Acting/Dance concentration, University of Texas, Austin. Actress/Dancer w/ International Theatre Ensemble, Berlin Germany, and with Ashland,Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Theatre teacher/director for over 30 years: Taylor H.S. in Katy I.S.D.; Spring Branch H.S.;St. Agnes Academy; Hempstead H. S.; University of Houston. 11 plays taken to state meet 3 champions, 2 others placed. Conducted many acting/directing workshops for TETA; former UIL OAP Advisory Committee member and chair. 2005 High School Educator of the Year for TETA. Recipient of Sponsor Excellence Award (Denius) from UIL. Director for High School Theatre Workshop at University of Texas; Professional and Community Theatre actress and director in the Houston area for many years, including currently. Rachel is the current Treasurer of Texas Educational Theatre Association. Term ends January, 2017. You may contact Rachel at:
Billy Dragoo – TTAO Treasurer-Elect/Historian
Rick Garcia – TTAO Director-at-Large
Deb Shaw – TTAO Director-at-Large
Jill Ludington – TTAO Communication Director-Elect