Tracy Alexander, Midland
Vice President - Financial Development
Kim Martin, Baytown
Vice President - Planning
DeAnna Hargrove, Tyler
Vice President - Programs
Patricia Hausman, Bergheim
Lisa Holcomb, Smithville
Beau Dameron, Wichita Falls
Fred White, Deer Park
Alathea Blischke, Midland
Velma De Los Santos, San Benito
Cranston Dodds, Corsicana
Roberta Elliott, New Braunfels
David Hill, Athens
John Barry Holland, Port Arthur
Caleb Lowery, Snyder
Gregory Magyar, Katy
John Meiners, Jr. Houston
Susan Mele, Seabrook
James Nicholson, Henderson
Jesus Pantel, Austin
Ben Spencer, Midland
Jim Weed, Universal City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Mele has been a member of the Art Park Players for 36 years where she currently serves as the Artistic/Managing Director for the City of Deer Park Parks and Recreation Departments “own” community theatre. She has performed in over 200 productions and musical revues for the players as well as several professional venues throughout the state of Texas. She is a huge supporter of The Deer Park Education Foundation, The Opportunity Center and The Wheelhouse. Susan created a fundraiser honoring her mother that raises money each year supporting The Rose called The Louise McBee, Circle of Life-Circle of Wreaths. She also serves as the Director for the Houston Press Club show which raises over $50,000 annually for journalism scholarships andhas been the volunteer Drama Director for Pasadena’s First Baptist Church for 20 years. Susan has received such honors as Artist of the Year by the City of Pasadena in 2000, Woman of Distinction by The Bridge Over Troubled Water in 2003, DPISDs Felton Waggoner Hall of Honor in 2004 and the City of Deer Park’s Citizen of the Year in 2008.
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 a former Board Member of Henderson Civic Theatre.
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.
Jim Weed has been a member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres for over 25 years, and has served previously on the TNT Board of Governors. He has been active in community and nonprofit theatre for more than 40 years. Jim has experience in theatre, television and radio production, with a background in contract law and copyright law - expertise useful to a nonprofit board. He is a member of the Universal City Lions Club.