Standards and Practices Committee

The Standards and Practices Committee is a standing committee of TTAO with a membership made up of contest managers and adjudicators from different regions of the state.  The committee is made up of 12 total members, 4 adjudicators, 4 contest managers, and 4 at-large positions and is chaired by the chair-elect of TTAO.

Function of the Standards and Practices Committee

  • Serve as nominating committee for TTAO Board
  • Approve adjudicator candidates for certification
  • Discuss issues and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors

Bobby Robinson

TTAO Region 1 Contest Manager Committee Member

Bobby Robinson directed the OAP (1974 Weinert HS), and 1977-2007 (Rule HS- 4 state contest appearances 1984, 1985, 1995 (1A Champ), 1996 (1A Runner-up). He has been stage manager for Region I-AA OAP contests 2003-2006.  He retired in 2007 and has been an OAP contest manager since 2008, in all classifications–all levels–except the old 3A–in Regions I and II in the Abilene area.

The Director of Fine Arts for Midland ISD, Deb Shaw has an extensive background in UIL Academics and One-Act Play. As a theatre director, she has had OAP companies appear at the State Meet three times winning first with The King Stag, 2nd with Our Country’s Good and 3rd with Beggar’s Opera. She has also served as a critic judge, contest manager and stage manager for district, area, region and state OAP contests. In 2014, Ms Shaw was invited as a high school adjudicator for the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s High School Festival.  A graduate of the University of North Texas, Ms Shaw was recognized as a UNT Outstanding Alumna in 2004 and was voted Most Inspirational Teacher by the senior class at Denton High School in 2002. She was inducted into the inaugural class of Texas Thespians Hall of Fame in 2011 and went on to win the Alma Slawinski Award of Excellence in 2013. She is working on her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind has been involved with UIL One-Act Play at every level. Dr. Howard-Schwind absolutely believes in the positive educational value of the experience of OAP. She started as an alternate 30 years ago. She managed the state contest in Austin for several years. Michelle taught high school theatre for 9 years. She has a BFA in Acting from UT Austin, and M.Ed from UTA, and a PH.D. from the University of North Texas. She also teaches as an adjunct college professor. Students and directors have spent so much time, love and energy on their work and should be recognized for their commitment and sacrifice to their art. You may contact Michelle at

 Phillip currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District in Baytown, Texas and as Secretary/Treasurer for the Texas Theatre Administrators strand of TETA.  As a member of TTAO, Phillip has adjudicated and contest managed dozens of OAP contests across the state.  He is an approved Area/Region/State adjudicator and is honored to have served as a judge to the State UIL OAP contest on two occasions (’15, ’16).  Mr. Morgan temporarily served as President-Elect of TETA and has worked alongside leadership in TTAO, UIL and TTAC to continue the traditions and goals of those organizations in educational theatre.  He would be honored in the opportunity to serve in the nominated role as a representative of TTAO.

Michelle Howard-Schwind

TTAO Region 2 Adjudicator Committee Member

Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind has been involved with UIL One-Act Play at every level. Dr. Howard-Schwind absolutely believes in the positive educational value of the experience of OAP. She started as an alternate 30 years ago. She managed the state contest in Austin for several years. Michelle taught high school theatre for 9 years. She has a BFA in Acting from UT Austin, and M.Ed from UTA, and a PH.D. from the University of North Texas. She also teaches as an adjunct college professor. Students and directors have spent so much time, love and energy on their work and should be recognized for their commitment and sacrifice to their art.

Phillip Morgan

TTAO Region 3 Adjudicator Committee Member

 Phillip currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District in Baytown, Texas and as Secretary/Treasurer for the Texas Theatre Administrators strand of TETA.  As a member of TTAO, Phillip has adjudicated and contest managed dozens of OAP contests across the state.  He is an approved Area/Region/State adjudicator and is honored to have served as a judge to the State UIL OAP contest on two occasions (’15, ’16).  Mr. Morgan temporarily served as President-Elect of TETA and has worked alongside leadership in TTAO, UIL and TTAC to continue the traditions and goals of those organizations in educational theatre.  He would be honored in the opportunity to serve in the nominated role as a representative of TTAO.

Jay Thomas

TTAO At-Large Committee Member

Region 3

Jay Thomas received his Associate of Arts degree at San Jacinto College-Central and his BA degree in Theatre from the University of Houston. He was first introduced to UIL in high school, where he participated as a student all four years. He then furthered his UIL education while at San Jacinto College-Central, where he studied under Dr. Jerry Ivins, assisting with their annual UIL clinics and 5A Area competitions. He feels that UIL OAP should first and foremost, be a learning experience for all involved.

You may contact Jay at jay.thomas@sjcd.edu

Missey Head

TTAO At-Large Committee Member

Region 2

Mrs. Head currently serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for Lewisville ISD. She taught in Odessa, Victoria, Vanderbilt, and Carrollton. She has had the privilege of appearing at the state meet on 12 occasions placing 1st in 2011, 2nd place in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and 3rd place in 2012. Mrs. Head coached the National Forensics Dramatic Interpretation Champion in 2005, 2002, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Texas Forensic Dramatic Interpretation State Champions in 2005. Mrs. Head has been a member of the UIL One-Act Play Advisory Committee for the past 31 years serving as the chair and past chair for 6 years. After 28 years in the classroom and 6 in administration, Mrs. Head continues to believe that with appropriate guidance, students can be motivated to succeed and excel.

Gary Cooper

TTAO Region 3 Contest Manager Committee member

Charles Gary Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Education in the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance.  Previously, he was with Lone Star College- Tomball where he served in several different managerial areas.  He was the Performing Arts Center Manager, Theatre department technical director, adjunct drama professor and Art department program coordinator.  Before joining the Lone Star College System, he taught High School Theatre in the North Houston area for 20 years and served as the Theatre Department Chair for 15 of those years.  He received his Master of Education degree from Lamar University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tarleton State University.  He is an active member of the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization where he serves as an adjudicator and contest manager for high school University Scholastic League One-Act Play contests.  He has been married to his wonderful wife, Diana, for 25 years as of August 24th of 2016 and has two children, David- a junior at Klein Oak high school, and Elizabeth- a 9th grader at Klein Oak high school.

Mandy Epley

TTAO Region 4 Adjudicator Committee member

Mandy Epley holds a masters degree in Education Administration from Lamar and a BFA in Acting and Directing from Sam Houston State University. She served as the Director of Fine Arts for Comal ISD and is now Executive Director of Human Resources and Customer Service. She taught high school theatre for 16 years. Her productions qualified for Region multiple times and her students performed at the state meet in 2009. In addition to acting and directing professionally, she has served as a Camp on the Coast director at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Artistic Director of Inception Theatre. In 2012, Mandy was named Texas Educational Theatre Association Educator of the Year, in 2009, Brandeis High School Educator of the Year, Northside ISD High School Educator of the Year, and KENS5/SACU Excel Award winner. She is one of the authors of the Maestro Theatre Publications, LLC. Teacher Resource for Theatre Education and is a guest instructor for workshops and clinics across the state.

Michael Avila

TTAO Region 4 Contest Manager

Committee Member

Michael Avila was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his Master of Arts degree in Theatre at the University of Houston and graduated with honors (cum laude) from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Drama. Avila also studied at Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. As an actor and director, he has worked in various artistic and administrative capacities at organizations throughout San Antonio, including Jump-Start Performance Co., the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and San Pedro Playhouse. From 2003 to 2012 he served as Stage Manager, Technical Director, and Director of the San Antonio holiday classic Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Avila began his career in educational theatre in 2002 at Southside High School. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre Arts at Karen Wagner High School in the Judson Independent School District. In 2011 Avila was selected as a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). As a theatre educator and UIL One-Act Play Director, Avila has directed students in numerous award-winning productions, including The Balkan Women, The Sins of Sor Juana, Our Leading Lady, Marisol, Antigone, The Diviners, Sueño, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tartuffe, Once on this Island, AIDA, and The Beggar’s Opera. Avila is a UIL One-Act Play Certified Contest Manager and also served on the Teacher Honor Crew for the OAP State Meet from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and is currently Director of Theatre Arts at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio Independent School District.

Jim Mammarella

TTAO At-Large Committee Member

Region 4

Jim has judged for over 30 years and has judged contests at every level including the State contest. He is dedicated to promoting educational theatre and believes that participation in theatre can be one of the most positive experiences in a person’s life.

Karen King

TTAO Region 2 Contest Manager

Committee Member

Karen King holds a MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Houston and a BS in Drama/English Lit from East Texas State University. She spent the last 10 years directing OAP at the high school and Jr. High levels in Hillsboro, TX. She is currently the professor of Drama at Panola College. She is also a UIL OAP Certified Contest Manager.

Cy Scroggins
TTAO Region 1 Contest Manager
Allana Patterson
Region 1 Adjudicator