Linda M. Lee, Executive Director of TNT since April 1, 1995, is a Cum Laude
honors graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in Theatre. She
held a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship while at TCU. Lee began her professional
career as a company member at Casa Manana, where she served in various capacities
as actor, teacher, costumer and administrator for the Playhouse for six
years. For two years she sang with the musical group, Camp & Company,
touring Texas and the Southeastern U.S., performing works by such diverse
artists as the Andrews Sisters, Glen Miller, the Pointer Sisters, Linda
Rondstadt, and Bonnie Rait. She also wrote the music and lyrics for three
children's musicals with playwright Frances Seidensticker. In 1979 she joined
the fledgling Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington as an administrative
consultant, later becoming Administrative Director and then Executive Director
in 1987. She helped build the youth theatre into one of Arlington's largest
arts entities, with a budget over $430,000 annually and an enrollment of
approximately 1,000 per year. In addition to administrative duties, she
served as an instructor for advanced level acting students, a touring company
director, director for mainstage productions, composer, and photographer.
Lee was a Board member for TNT from 1988 through 1994 and served as Secretary
for two years. As an actor, Lee has appeared onstage at Casa Manana Theatre,
where she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella in Cinderella,
Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and the Sheep in Charlotte's Web,
among numerous roles. She has also performed for Fort Worth's Shakespeare
in the Park (Ophelia in Hamlet, Helena in A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Marianna in Measure for Measure). At Stage West she played
several roles in Canterbury Tales, and she has appeared in several
Hip Pocket Theatre productions, even playing herself in Charlie Chan
and the House of Tomorrow.
After retiring from CATS in 1994 and before assuming her duties with
TNT, Lee worked as a freelance photographer and director. She is on
the Board of Directors of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, currently
serving as Treasurer. She is also Vice President of Education for the American Association of Community Theatre, a member of the AACT College of Fellows,
a member of the College of Fellows of the Southwest Theatre & Film Association, and Secretary of Texans for the Arts. In December 2004,
she served on the Theatre & Musical Theatre Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lee is married to Casa Manana lighting designer Jay
Isham. They have one son.
Julie M. Gale, Administrative Assistant of TNT since September 2007, is a Cum Laude graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Pre-Directing. She received her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from The University of Iowa Playwrights' Workshop in 2006. During her studies at The Univesity of Iowa, she was new play dramaturg for numerous readings, workshops, and productions. In 2006, she received The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts IRAM award for Excellence in New Play Dramaturgy. Gale began her professional career as director of the Creative Arts Theatre and School Educational Outreach Musical Project at Webb Elementary School in Arlington, Texas and instructor of acting and creative dramatics at Theatre Arlington. She also served as assistant director for Shakespeare Festival of Dallas's summer 2007 critically-acclaimed production of Love's Labour's Lost. Gale served as a teaching assistant and professor of Theatre at The University of Iowa and Tarrant County College. Currently, she is a freelance educator, writer, and director in the DFW area.
Julie Gale is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Edcuation (ATHE), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). She lives in Arlington with her husband, University of Texas at Arlington Ph.D English Literature candidate, Nathan Gale. They have one daughter.