Fred White, Deer Park
Vice President - Financial Development
Kim Martin, Baytown
Vice President - Planning
Dennis Yslas, Fort Worth
Vice President - Programs
Tracy Alexander, Midland
Lonny Fox, Lubbock
Beau Dameron, Wichita Falls
Chester Eitze, Bastrop
Susan Austin, Weatherford
Alathea Blischke, Midland
Cranston Dodds, Corsicana
Roberta Elliott, New Braunfels
DeAnna Hargrove, Tyler
Patricia Hausman, Boerne
Lisa Holcomb, Smithville
John Barry Holland, Port Arthur
Gregory Magyar, Katy
John Meiners, Jr. Houston
Jesus Pantel, Austin
Ben Spencer, Midland
Fred White was raised in the piney woods of east Texas where his love of theatre was fostered by his junior high drama teacher, Mildred Stringer Dixon. Upon graduating from Henderson High School he moved to Houston, married and had two children. Fred discovered something was missing in his life - Theatre! He auditioned for a new theatre in the area, the Art Park Players in Deer Park, Texas, where, thirty five years later, he is still acting, directing and teaching. He cites Sue Fenley Meyers as his mentor and inspiration there. Fred has been on the Board of TNT for 12 years and served as Vice President of Programming.
Kim Martin is a theatre teacher, director, and actor, currently serving on the TNT Board as vice-president of financial development, having served several years as treasurer. He recently completed terms of service as president of the Baytown Little Theater. A theatre instructor at Lee College in Baytown, he holds degrees in theatre from Abilene Christian University and Lamar University, is a certified adjudicator with AACT and the Texas UIL Adjudicators’ Organization, and serves on the AACT Communications Committee. Kim is married to Mary Lou Martin, and is a proud “Big Daddy” to Aidan, Regan, Olivia, and Penelope, the most recent additions to the Martin theatrical dynasty.
Dennis Yslas studied Musical Theatre at East Texas Baptist University and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Though he has worked extensively in professional theatre, Dennis has also worked in community theatre since 1979. He was an Artistic Director at OnStage in Bedford and is currently the Administrator at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas. Dennis has served as an adjudicator for AACTFest at the Quad, State and Regional levels since 1999. He worked previously as Customer Service Manager with Fort Worth Opera,responsible for Box Office operations and managing every aspect of the customer experience.
Tracy Alexander is the Production Manager for Midland Community Theatre. She is an ambassador for the American Association of Community Theatres, a 2003 graduate of Leadership Midland and a Summer Mummer. Tracy has a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Sacramento. Past experience includes: Props Designs for TheatreWorks (CA), the Sacramento Theatre Company (CA), and Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre (CA); Production Secretary at the Mason Gross School of the Arts (NJ); and Makeup Artist at Music Circus (CA). She has been involved in community theatre for 20+ years – as a staff member, director, actor, and designer.
Lonny Fox has been active with Lubbock Community Theatre for many years. He served on the TNT Board of Governors from 2000 - 2008, becoming Secretary in 2005. After a brief hiatus, he returned to the board in 2009 and continues to serve as Secretary.
Beau Dameron served for six years on the Board of Governors at Midland Community Theatre, four of which he served on Finance Committee and one as Treasurer. He has thirty years of volunteer experience at MCT and other theatres. He is currently active in theatre in the Wichita Falls area where he lives with his wife. Beau believes community theatre is essential for any community.
Chester Eitze is currently the Bastrop Opera House Executive Director in his thirty-second year. He is the immediate past president of TNT having served two consecutive terms. In two decades of serving TNT, Eitze has participated in nine consecutive Texas/AACT festivals, multiple TNT Youth Conferences, hosting its twentieth anniversary event, and producing three TNT original play competition winners. Eitze graduated from the University of Texas, spent two summers with the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, served Austin’s Parks & Recreation art programming, and, as director of Zachary Scott Theater, designed the first of its current three playhouses. After ten years in NYC, Eitze began his tenure in Bastrop’s landmark theatre.
Susan is the Costume Shop Supervisor for Texas Christian University School of Classical and Contemporary Dance. Besides extensive costume design and construction credits, she has years of experience teaching ballet classes and choreographing various musicals and ballet recitals. She has performed in Festival Ballet of North Central Texas production of Nutcrackerand has been seen on stage at Hip Pocket Theatre. She enjoys stage managing and toured with Basil Twist's puppet production of Petruskawhich performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. She also serves on the boards for Festival Ballet and the North Texas Daylily Society.
Alathea Blischke is a long-time volunteer at Midland Community Theatre, currently working as the MCT Archivist and learning how to construct unique stage props. Previously she worked in the costume construction shop for 15 years and has been Guest Costumer for both MCT and Summer Mummers shows. In her other life—the one where she isn’t working at MCT almost every day—Alathea is a retired teacher (every grade from K-post-graduate . . . except 1st!), former children’s bookstore owner, and former advertising designer for a large insurance corporation.
Cranston Dodds received a BA in Theatre from the Univ of North Texas and has managed the Denton Community Theatre, Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre, company member of Casa Manana Theatre, Director of Bravvo Productions. Cranston is Past President of TNT and currently serves as a Board Member. He has also served as a Theatre Review Panelist with the Texas Commission of the Arts. Cran is an adjudicator for AACT and the Texas Youth Festival. Currently Cranston is Member Engagement Director of AACT.
Roberta Elliott has her degrees in Theatre and Comparative Religions. She began volunteering at Circle Arts Theatre at age 14 along side her mother, Elizabeth, who founded the theatre. Upon graduation from Trinity University she became the Artistic Technical Director. Thirty years later she Executive Director. Roberta has written numerous plays: children's, high school, melodramas, and adult. Her experience ranges from choreography to acting to anything technical.
DeAnna Hargrove is Managing Director for Tyler Civic Theatre Center. During her sixteen years teaching, directing and networking in Tyler, TCTC has expanded from 5 season shows to 10 and has seen the development of children's programs that serve some 1,000 students annually. As an actress, she has achieved recognition for distinction in acting, mime and devised performance through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Acting. In her 15 years as a TNT member, she has participated as a Quad Leader, Board Member and reader/producer of the TNT POPS! New Play Project since its rebirth nearly a decade ago.
Patricia Hausman has been involved in theatre since 1976 when as a 10 year old she played the Snow Queen in the school play. She performed in many school and community theatre productions over the next eight years. Upon graduation she attended Southwest Texas State University where she graduated with a BFA in Acting and Directing. She taught Middle School and High School Theatre from 1989-2001 when she left the workforce to stay home and take care of ailing family members. In March 2006 she began volunteering at Boerne Community Theatre selling concessions. In August 2006 Patricia was cast in her first show at BCT, then in December 2006 she stage managed the Christmas show. In January 2007 she was invited to the BCT Board and in June 2007 directed a Children's Drama Camp. The Teen Troupe had been inactive for a number of years and in August of 2007 they reorganized and reinstated the program with three teens. Their first time at the TNT Youth Conference was in 2009 and Patricia took 14 teens. They have attended every year since then and now average around 50 teens attending. She also attends all the TNT Annual Conferences and has served as the Quad III chair for the past four years.
Lisa Holcomb has been performing at the Bastrop Opera House and various other venues since 2004. She is on the board of directors for Bastrop Opera House as well as Texas Nonprofit Theatres. She enjoys working with young actors in the Bastrop Performing Arts Youth Academy. Lisa has 4 boys at home who have all grown up, or are still growing up, in theater.
John B. Holland, TNT Board member since March 2012, has been active in nonprofit theatre since appearing as Rudolph Reisenweber in Lamar State College Port Arthur's Summer Musical Production of Hello Dolly in Summer of 1999. His numerous activities for theatres in Southeast Texas include acting, stage managing, assist directing, set design and construction, board member and board president. In 2009, John, his wife, Ann, and a group of friends started a new theatre company, Act 1 Scene 1 Theatre Company. While John prefers to work behind the scenes, he has performed on stage and was seen as Adam in Act 1 Scene 1's production of the The Diaries of Adam and Eve for the 2013 TNT State AACTFest.
John Meiners, Jr. has performed as a singer and /or actor in many theatrical productions. A published playwright and active member of Scriptwriters/Houston, he has had plays performed in the Houston area. Galveston Wind premiered in Baytown in September 2013. His play , Matille's Diary, placed second in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Jewel Box Theatre earlier in 2015 and his play, Changing Ella, debuts November 2015 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He feels theatre builds confidence for the young and old alike, and offers fulfillment for those who participate. He looks forward to serving on the board of TNT.
Jesus Pantel has a theatre background and has worked for the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division for over 11 years, where he manages the Cultural Arts Funding Programs which distributes over $9 million in Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to Austin artists and arts organizations, including theatre artists and groups. He was a Board Member of the LEAPS board, a leadership program for City of Austin employees, and served as Vice Chair during his second year.
Ben Spencer is a long time volunteer with the Permian Playhouse and Midland Community Theater, a board member for both of the aforementioned theaters, current president of The Benevolent Order of Hamhocks (a MCT auxiliary), and chair of the McLaren Comedy Playwriting Competition and Festival. He was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and taught theater classes at a local studio.
Gregory Magyar has been working in Arts Administration for over 25 years in a variety of capacities. He helped found the Blacksheep Ensemble in Santa Fe, NM in 1991 and served as the Artistic Director until relocating to the Seattle area where he continued to work in theatre as a Managing Director as well as serving on boards of two Seattle area theatres. Currently, he is the Executive Artistic Director at Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center, where he has recently celebrated his 6th anniversary.