Caleb Ranger Lowery holds a degree in Theatre from Harding University. He has also studied improvisation at the world famous The Second City Training Center in Chicago. In the past decade, Caleb has been involved in nearly every aspect of theatre in a number of states across the country. For several years, he has been working with groups of dedicated volunteers to revivify artistic communities in small towns such as The Ritz Community Theatre in Snyder, Texas. Though throughout his career he has primarily been a performer, his work with The Ritz has helped reveal a passion for arts advocacy. He currently lives in Gail, Texas with his wife, Erin, and their son, Walker.
David Hill is the Executive Director of the Henderson Performing Arts Center in Athens. He received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of North Texas. He has worked throughout the DFW area. Here are just a few: New Theater Company, Bravvo Productions, WaterTower Theatre and the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He was the Children’s Director of the Corsicana Children’s Company at the Warehouse Living Arts Center from 2012-2016.
James’ first foray into the theater came when he landed the coveted role of lead gingerbread man in his third grade production of Hansel & Gretel (he was the only boy who could skip)! That role sparked a flame that has continued to grow for many years. Roles continued in college, including in The Devil and Daniel Webster, Midsummer’s Night Dream and Macbett. While living in New York City, he was lucky to perform in a production of Our Town. James’s 30 year career as a fashion designer took away his time to perform and be a part of the stage but with his semi-retirement the pathway with theater has reemerged.
Upon buying Rayford Florist & Gifts with his husband, Jon Nicholson, in Henderson, Texas, James returned to the stage in Elephant’s Graveyard and The Man Who Came To Dinner at the Henderson Civic Theatre. James made his directorial debut with Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which he received an award for Scenic Elements-Set Design from Texas Nonprofit Theaters. In the 35th season of Henderson Civic Theatre, James directed Leading Ladies. James is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for HCT.
Velma De Los Santos has been the broker and owner of V.I.P. Realty for 21 years. V.I.P. Realty consists of a Sales Division and a Property Management Division. She is the Co-Owner of the De Los Santos RV Park which is a thriving family business that has been in existence since 1972. As a sole proprietor for her real estate company she is familiar with all aspects of running the business including budgets, advertising and promotions and customer service. Helping families achieve the American Dream of Homeownership is the heart of running her Real Estate Brokerage.
Velma has been involved with community theatres in South Texas for 30 years. Including Dawson Theatre, Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre formerly Country Playhouse and Camille Playhouse, TNT Members. She has been active on stage in over 100 productions and involved behind the scenes in countless others. She is a former Board member for both Dawson Theatre and Camille Playhouse and was very involved in planning and implementing fundraising events for the theatre. One of her favorite accomplishments as a board member was the partnering with local school districts and universities. These partnerships made it possible to bring children to the theatre who might not otherwise walk through the door. These partnerships also made it possible to combine talents to bring an amazing quality of productions to South Texas. The knowledge as an actress on stage who understands the needs of the theatre productions was invaluable while serving on the theatre boards. She understands the business and financial responsibilities as well as the artistic aspect.