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Online voting takes place between December 1-14.
Last updated: December 18, 2020 with voting percentage results
(2 year term/4 year commitment)
WINNER – Mandy Epley (52.9%)
Mandy Epley holds a masters degree in Education Administration from Lamar and a BFA in Acting and Directing from Sam Houston State University. She has a Superintendent certification and served as the Director of Fine Arts for Comal ISD and is now Chief of Staff. 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 a K-12 theatre program consultant for Enhance the Arts and is one of the authors of the Maestro Theatre Publications, LLC. Teacher Resource for Theatre Education. Mandy is also a guest instructor for workshops and clinics across the state and coordinates the TTAO online Swag Store.
Phillip Morgan (47.1%)
Phillip is a lifetime member of TTAO and has been advocating, adjudicating and contest managing for 10 years. He is honored in this nomination and is committed to serving effectively in continually improving the communications process with TTAO to ensure internal and external information remains efficient and continually improve as the Communications Chair-Elect representative of the membership.
In his TTAO career, Mr. Morgan has judged/managed multiple levels of contest and is honored to have been chosen to panel adjudicate the UIL State One-Act Play contest three times (‘15, ‘16 & ‘20). Most recently, Phillip served TTAO as Region III Adjudicator on the Standards & Practices Committee (’18-’20). In the field of educational theatre, Phillip serves in the Texas Theatre Administrators Conference (TTAC) and has worked as a fine arts administrator over the past eight years. He currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for the Waxahachie Independent School District and would welcome the opportunity to continue service to TTAO in the nominated role.
(2 year term/4 year total commitment)
Gary Cooper (45.9%)
Gary Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Education in the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. He heads the BFA Theatre Education program and is the Coordinator for Theatre Ambassadors. He enjoys working with future theatre teachers at UH and talking with future UH theatre students at recruiting events! Before transitioning to higher education, Gary taught High School Theatre in the North Houston area for 20 years and served as the Theatre Department Chair at Klein Oak, Klein Collins and Klein Forest 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 on the Standards and Practices Committee and as an adjudicator and contest manager for high school and junior high University Scholastic League One-Act Play contests. Gary has adjudicated at the zone, district, area, and region level and has contested managed at the zone, district, and area level. He prides himself on connecting with the students during the critiques as an adjudicator and running efficient and fair contests as a contest manager. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Diana, for 27 years and has two children, David- a freshman at Rider University, and Elizabeth- an 11th grader at Klein Oak high school.
WINNER – Karen King (54.1%)
Karen King is the current professor of Drama at Panola College. She holds a Masters in Theatre Arts from U of H and a Bachelor’s in Drama/English from ETSU. Karen has seen all sides of the UIL process – student, HS teacher, Contest Manager, and Adjudicator. For the past five years, she has served as the House Manager for the 4A-6A State Meet UIL competitions. She has also judged the State film competition since its inception, responded for KCACTF, and judged the State Level 1 OAP for TAPPS. She is the Co-Chair of Playfest for TETA as well as the editor of the new-revived Texas Theatre Notes. She has been the UIL Academic co-director for 2A Region 3 as well as the Contest Manager for region OAP, since 2014. She has served on the S&P committee for TTAO from 2016-2018. She is the Communications Officer for ATHE 2-year group and served on the College Board’s, Field of Study for Drama committee as a 2-year institute member. Karen was the recipient of the 2019 TETA Founders Award. Karen is enthusiastic and passionate about Texas Educational Theatre and believes nothing is more important than to be an advocate for secondary and higher-ed performing arts programs. “I believe the future of theatre is brighter than ever and will do all I can to promote its importance in not only our student’s growth, but for educators and citizens as well.”
(2 year term/Must have served on S&P)
WINNER – R. Scott Allen (48.2%)
R. Scott Allen is the principal at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston ISD. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas State University with an emphasis on directing. From Sam Houston State University, Scott has his master’s and doctorate in educational administration. Before HSPVA, he was the principal at Mildred Jenkins Elementary School in the Spring ISD and an assistant principal at Lakeland Elementary School in the Humble ISD. His teaching experiences, focused on teaching speech and English and directing theatre, were shared between Jack C. Hays High School, Calallen High School, and Humble High School. He has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston summer theatre educator master’s program for more than ten years and teaches for Sam Houston State University in the College of Education.
During the years of teaching high school, Scott spent two summers working in theatre in New York City. The highlight of this time was the opportunity to stage manage an off-Broadway production of August Strindberg’s The Pelican.
Scott has been a member of TETA since 2001. He served as Public Affairs Chair in 2010 and was Secretary for the Board from 2014 to 2016. He is the Outstanding Administrator for 2019. Scott is a certified One Act Play Adjudicator since 2000, a position he feels honored to hold. He also served on the Standards and Practices Committee of TETAAO in 2012. Scott was a member of the Texas Speech Communication Association from 1992 to 2002 and served as President of that organization 2000-2001.
He loves to read, nap, go to the movies and live theatre events, and spends lots of time at Minute Maid Park rooting for his Houston Astros. Scott first ran the Houston Marathon in 2008 and has completed seven more marathons since that first 26.2 race. Charlie and Frankie, his golden retriever and miniature dachshund, provide the daily respite from a hectic, yet fun schedule.
William M. (Bill) Doll, Ph.D. (15.2%)
Retired Professor Emeritus, Angelo State University, former Director of University Theatre/Professor of Theatre (tenured), received his B.A. Speech & Theatre and B.A. Music from Fort Hays State University, M.A. in Drama from Texas Woman’s University and Ph.D. in Fine Arts/Theatre with emphasis in Acting/Directing and Management/Administration from Texas Tech University. His teaching interests include directing, acting, playwriting, dramatic literature, and creative development. His research interests are directing, play structure and creative development and he contributed to “Paul Baker and the Integration of Abilities,” ed. Flynn and McKinney, TCU Press, 2003.
He was named Educator of the Year for 2008 for the University section by the Texas Educational Theatre Association,.
Before moving to Angelo State University in 1999, Dr. Doll was a tenured Professor at Rose State College for five years and began his teaching career at Howard College where he was Chair of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre. He has been or is seated on several Texas Educational Theatre Association committees (including College/University Curriculum Committee, UIL One-Act Play Advisory Committee, Texas Theatre Department Heads Organization, and College/University Section Board Member-at-Large) and was Theatre Section Chair for the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Articulation Committee, 1997-1999.
He has directed well over 100 plays (20% of which have been premiere productions), musicals and operas with some of his favorites being: STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF, SYLVIA, WAIT UNTIL DARK, WESTSIDE STORY, TALLY’S FOLLY, PICNIC, SOULS’ NEST (premiere production), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, THE FANTASTICKS, CON MIS MANOS/WITH MY HANDS (premiere production), THE POSTHUMOUS LIFE OF SYLVIA PLATH, ET. AL. (premiere production), FAHRENHEIT 451, INTO THE WOODS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, THE LION IN WINTER, PROOF, THE CHANNELER and CHANNELER 2 (premiere productions) and ALL IN THE TIMING. His favorite acting assignment was the Lion in THE WIZ, for which the review said he portrayed, “the most lovable and hilarious pussycat to ever tiptoe across a stage.”
His directing mantra is, “serve the script” and advice to actors is “amatuers rehearse until they get it right, but professionals rehearse until they can’t get it wrong.” (Julie Andrews).
Dr. Doll thanks his lovely wife Carala for her patience and support.
Missey Head (36.6%)
Mrs. Head currently serves as the Assistant Fine Arts Director 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 is currently serving as the president for the Texas Educational Theatre Association and has been a member of the UIL Theatre Advisory Committee for the past 33 years serving as the chair and past chair. After 28 years in the classroom and 8 in administration, Mrs. Head continues to believe that with appropriate guidance, students can be motivated to succeed and excel.
(2 year term/Must have served on S&P)
Michael Avila (44.5%)
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 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. Avila also spent four years as Director of Theatre at Thomas Jefferson High School before becoming the Fine Arts Coordinator for Theatre and Visual Arts with San Antonio ISD. He is a certified TTAO Contest Manager and Adjudicator and previously served on the TTAO Standards and Practices Committee. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the BFA Theatre Education program at The University of Texas at Austin. He believes strongly in the power of diversity, representation, and inclusivity and hopes to benefit TTAO by providing training and workshops on culturally responsive teaching, directing, and adjudication.
WINNER – Jim Mammarella (55.5%)
Jim Mammarella: This is my 38th year as a UIL theatre adjudicator. I honestly have loved every minute of my participation as an adjudicator, and my active involvement in TTAO. I believe the time and efforts I have invested in TTAO are the most significant contributions I have made as a professional educator. Rarely do we find ourselves in a position to change policy and to be a part of change that benefits students and educators. My service on TTAO’s board of directors, as a member, chair and past chair for twelve years was a wonderful experience. I have also served on the Standards and Practices committee three different times. I have seen TTAO evolve in so many positive ways. TTAO has helped UIL-OAP become more student centered and the focus is now how to NOT disqualify a high school production. I was part of the original group of TTAO members to help outline and structure what is now our policy on panel judging. This was a significant change in creating the intent of TTAO to be responsive to students and directors who asked for change that would make them more responsive to objective judging in UIL-OAP. As evidenced by the many changes that are made each year our work to be a better organization is nowhere complete. Adoption of our Core Values shows the intent of TTAO to have transparency in how we operate and to take ownership of our policies. I would like to be part of the forward thinking that has made TTAO an organization that has served the educational community and promotes educational theatre.
(3 year term)
Frank Chuter (16.5%)
Frank has taught Texas high school theatre for over 20 years, serving Aldine, Klein, and Humble ISDs. He currently serves as Fine Arts Director for New Caney ISD. In addition, he is a co-founder of a highly successful summer musical theatre workshop and co-director, with his wife Carey, of Onefiftysixt.studio (a private acting studio specializing in educational theatre and college audition coaching). He has participated in all facets of UIL OAP contests as a student, director, and contest manager. As a director, Frank and his students have competed at all levels of UIL, including multiple trips to the Region contest and 1st runner up at the 4A State Meet in 2005. Frank has cherished the many valuable lessons he has learned while being involved with OAP. He believes in the educational opportunities provided through the UIL OAP and continues to enjoy the opportunity to participate. Frank received his BA in theatre from University of Houston (1996) and his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2016. He recognizes that while his former students are off studying/and working in the theatre all over the country none of his successes are possible without the loving support of his son, Frankie, and his wife Carey.
Timothy Estelle (38.3%)
Timothy Estelle has served the Texas Public School system since 2005. Previous professional experiences include Assistant Theatre Arts Director at Clear Creek high school from 2005-2009, and Theatre Arts Director at Cypress Woods high school from 2009-2014. His students have excelled in both the UIL Theatrical Design and One-Act Play Competitions, including advancing to the State UIL One-Act Play competition in 2012. Prior to his educational work, he was the artistic intern at the Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, AZ from 2004-2005. Currently, he serves the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District as the Coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts for Dance and Theatre Arts (2014-present). He has been a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association since 2005, the Educational Theatre Association since 2009, and the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials since 2017 (Adjudicator and Contest Manager). He previously served as Treasurer of the TETA Board of Directors from 2017-2018. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre as well as a Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.
WINNER – Aimee Kasprzyk (45.1%)
Aimee is an experienced OAP contest manager, having managed contests from junior high OAP through high school Area OAP levels. A veteran of directing junior high and high school OAP, Aimee has been fortunate to direct six State-level OAP’s, two of which placed 2nd at the State Meet. In addition, she currently serves on the State UIL OAP Advisory Committee. She uses her experience with competing at many different locations and levels to help her become a better contest manager. Aimee believes in a prompt, safe, well-organized, and fun contest that follows the UIL rules implicitly, while providing an enjoyable, valuable, and educational experience for students and directors, alike.
(3 year term)
WINNER – Freddie Buckner (53.4%)
Freddie Buckner taught high school and middle school theatre arts for thirty years in Texas. He has been a member of TETA for over 36 years. Mr. Buckner has been involved in UIL on all levels of One-Act Play since 1976. He has the greatest respect for high school theatre directors. He considers them to be an essential element of a thriving school. While teaching at both MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools in Houston, his students advanced from zone through regional contests numerous times and advanced to state twice, and placing second runner-up in 2000. Since the early 80’s, his students made yearly performances at State Thespian Festivals. Over the years, students competed at Nationals at NFL, NCFl, and in T.F.A. speech tournaments. Mr. Buckner served on the U.I.L Standards and Practices Committee for One-Act Play in 2016-2017, and does Theatre Staff Development and UIL Clinics for One-Act Play.
Brad Nies (18.6%)
Since graduating from Amarillo College in 1986 with an A.S. Degree in Theatre Arts, and West Texas A&M University in 1988 with a B.S. Degree in Radio, Television, and Film, and in 1990 with an M.A. Degree in Communications (Theatre Emphasis), Brad Nies has been employed with Blinn College as Director and Professor of Theatre Arts/Communication Studies for the Brenham Campus. He became a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association in 1992, and joined the TETA Adjudicator’s Organization in 1997. During that time, Brad has served as an elected member of the TETA AO Standards and Practices Committee for one term. He has also served as supervisor for the process of Blinn College’s acceptance as an Institutional Member of TETA, as well as CAPS Chairman. Brad was the recipient of the 2007 Blinn College Professional Association Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2008 TETA Educator or the Year-Community College Division. He has postgraduate studies in communications, directing, script analysis, and playwriting from Texas A&M University, WTAMU, and Texas Tech University. He is a published playwright, finalist for the 2017 Queensbury Theatre’s New Play Reading Series and the 2017 Theatre Victoria Annual Playwriting Competition, and winner of the 2012 TETA Playwriting Contest for Texas Residents.
Eric Skiles (28.1%)
Eric is an actor, director, music director, choreographer and techie; he loves the interdisciplinary aspects of theatre and OAP. He has worked with UIL since 1984 as a participant, event coach, OAP Director (6 years), OAP Contest Manager (3 years), UIL Academic Coordinator (2 years) and OAP Adjudicator (16 years).
For 16 years, Eric has served as Artistic Director of Theatre at Lone Star College-Kingwood, where he teaches acting, movement, stage voice, and costuming.
He has been involved with the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre annual Play Festival for 12 years, and he has served as Secretary/Web Master of the organization since 2010. Eric has also been involved with KC-ACTF as participant and respondent since 2007.
He received his MFA in Acting/Directing from Texas Tech University in 2003. He also earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Tech University in 1993.