TNT STAFF

Linda M. Lee, Executive Director

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 Mañana, 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 Raitt. 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 Mañana Theatre, where she played Juliet inRomeo 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 inCanterbury 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 Immediate Past President 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 a board member of Texans for the Arts. In December 2004, she served on the Theatre & Musical Theatre Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Frieda Austin, Administrative Director

Frieda E. Austin, TNT Administrative Assistant since 2008, was promoted to Administrative Director in 2015. She possesses excellent organizational and communication skills, assets in her work at TNT handling all database entries for membership, deposits, mailing lists, etc. and for producing TNT's e-newsletter, Texas Topics Too! Her management and people skills were developed during periods of working for Pappasitos as a host, and during the six years she lived and worked in New York City. Growing up in Fort Worth, TX, Frieda began her dance training at Gayle Corkery School of Ballet which provided opportunities to perform and be involved in many theaters and dance companies in the community. She has performed with Bruce Wood Dance Company, Hip Pocket Theatre and Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. In addition to her work at TNT, Frieda spends her time taking care of her two children and teaching dance in the Metroplex area.

Preston Isham, Staff Assistant

Preston Isham, TNT Staff Assistant, a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre, is a working actor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has appeared in Crazy for You and Avenue Q at Theatre Three in Dallas, Titanic, Golden Apple, Fiddler on the Roof and Grand Hotel at Lyric Stage, and Phantom Curtains at Mainstage Irving/Las Colinas in Irving, The Baker's Wife at PFamily Arts in Plano and Fiddler on the Roof at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. Preston has worked at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in the Box Office for the Fort Worth Opera Festival. Previously he spent two summers performing in Oklahoma at Discoveryland outside of Tulsa, OK, and served a technical internship at The Point Theatre in Ingram, Texas. His early training was at the Creative Arts Theatre & School (CATS) in Arlington, TX where his favorite roles included Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.

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