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OAP Championship Judge Biographies 2016

Division 1 Panel

Rod Caspers

BA, Illinois State University, 1976; MFA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1984. Until recently, Rod served as Executive Director of University Events for the University of Texas at Austin, creating and producing large-scale, special events for the university. While in the same role at the UT System Chancellor’s Office Rod and his colleagues received five Lone Star Emmy Awards for creating and producing the PBS series, State of Tomorrow. He has taught and directed at the University of Wisconsin and The University of Texas. He conducts directing and curriculum development workshops throughout the nation and has served as a guest artist/instructor for the Facing History and Ourselves Program in Switzerland as well as the Czech Republic. He has adjudicated UIL One-Act Plays for over thirty years, including the State Contests in Class 1A, 2A, 4A and 6A. While living in New York, Rod served as Associate Director for GreenPlays, creating and directing several new musicals and cabarets. For years Rod also stage managed the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Area Tour starring the Rockettes. He is a proud alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson was the Theatre Director at Grayson College for 19 years. She has had the privilege to work in both educational and regional theatre. Professionally, Robin directed for a decade in Houston at Main Street Theatre, Stages Repertory, and Theatre LaB Houston. She has also directed in Austin at Capital City Playhouse and Hyde Park Theatre. Robin worked as an assistant stage manager at the Alley Theatre in Houston and Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA. Although Robin has enjoyed working in the regional world, her first love has always been teaching. She taught college for 19 years and taught high school for 10 years. She has served on the One Act Play UIL Advisory Committee, AO Standards and Practices Committee, and as Secretary of the Adjudicator’s Organization in TETA. She has been a UIL adjudicator since 1989 and has judged at all levels including both State and Region. She has been the State Contest Manager for the 1A, 2A, and 3A State One Act contests since 2014. She is a member of Who’s Who for Outstanding Educators and was the 2014 TETA Educator of the Year for Community Colleges. Robin retired from teaching in 2016, but is still directing professional theatre and hopes to remain active in UIL One Act. Robin is currently serving on the Board of Directors for TTAO. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with TAPPS for the first time this year.

Bobby Malone

Bobby Malone is a 2005 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Studies. Bobby transferred to UT from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Bobby spent the first five years of his professional career in Keller, Texas, where he taught theater at Central High School. While at CHS, his theater department’s UIL One Act Play advanced to the State Meet two years in a row, placing 1st Runner Up in 2009. He moved to Austin in 2010 and became the theater director at L.C. Anderson High School, where he currently teaches. Anderson’s UIL One Act Play advanced to the State Meet in 2013 where they placed 4th overall in the 6A conference. Bobby has also been a part of the Austin theater scene as he has worked for Gobotrick Theater Company and Second Youth Family Theatre where he earned several B. Iden Payne nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Youth.

Division 2 Panel

Adonia Placette

Former Director of Theatre at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Taught 5A High School taking shows to state level three years. Very active in KCACTF, TETA, TTAO, ATHE and other organizations. Judged UIL OAP on all levels throughout the state.

Jim Mammarella

Jim recently retired after 42 years as a professor at San Antonio College. He has been judging UIL One Act Play Contests for 34 years and has been selected as a UIL state judge 10 times. He has also judged TAPPS district and State contests. Jim is a dedicated and enthusiastic support of theatre contests and has seen first hand the positive influences that participation in theatre arts has for students.

Jack Cody

Jack Cody has been involved in UIL activities for 50 years with state awards in theatre, speech and current events, and he directed UIL high school one-act contest plays for 43 years. He is currently an adjunct community college instructor at North Central Texas College/Graham. He retired from Graham ISD after 40 years an English, speech, and theatre teacher. He also sponsors Cody’s Kids, summer theatre camps for children; conducts OAP workshops and clinics; and works as a theatre consultant. He was named the 2000 Texas Teacher of the Year by the Texas Education Agency and represented Texas in the National State Teacher of the Year program. Also in 2000, he was recognized with a UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2015, Mr. Cody was named the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year for the five North Central Texas College campuses. Mr. Cody has inspired generations of students who are working in theatres, teaching theatre, judging UIL OAP contests, or participating as active supporters of theatre arts.

Division 3 Panel

Phillip Taylor

Phillip Taylor has a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from the University of Houston and a BS from The University of Texas at Austin. As a director, he advanced to the UIL One-Act Play State Meet in 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2015 winning the State Championships in 2012 and 2013. He taught high school and middle school in conferences 2A, 3A, and 4A (new 5A). He sponsored several other UIL Academic Events and coached students to the State Meet in Prose, Poetry, Persuasive Speaking, CX Debate, and the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition. He has conducted various theatre/speech workshops and OAP clinics for middle school and high school programs around the state. He also served as a TAPPS One-Act Play Regional Adjudicator. He is an active member of TETA and has served on the convention staff in previous years. Currently, as the Coordinator of Fine Arts for Fort Bend ISD, he oversees various fine arts programs and initiatives on 45 campuses.

Mandy Epley

Mandy Epley holds a masters degree in Education Administration from Lamar and a BFA in Acting and Directing from Sam Houston State University. She served as the Director of Fine Arts for Comal ISD and is now Executive Director of Human Resources and Customer Service. She taught high school theatre for 16 years. Her productions qualified for Region multiple times and her students performed at the state meet in 2009. In addition to acting and directing professionally, she has served as a Camp on the Coast director at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Artistic Director of Inception Theatre. In 2012, Mandy was named Texas Educational Theatre Association Educator of the Year, in 2009, Brandeis High School Educator of the Year, Northside ISD High School Educator of the Year, and KENS5/SACU Excel Award winner. She is one of the authors of the Maestro Theatre Publications, LLC. Teacher Resource for Theatre Education and is a guest instructor for workshops and clinics across the state.

Bev Murray

Bev is a proud 42-year veteran of Texas public education having retired from Eagle Mountain- Saginaw ISD. She has conducted theatre workshops at TETA & in several other states. She served as Leadership Coach & mentor for Educational Theatre Ass’n as well as years as a International Thespian Society sponsor. Bev is a member of the Hall of Fame for both Texas Thespians & Educational Theatre Ass’n & named Secondary Theatre Teacher of the year by TETA. She was fortunate to take many UIL shows to the state meet & also coached other UIL academics. She enjoys her 13 years of adjudication at all OAP levels including her past opportunities to judge at the state UIL OAP meet as well as the TAPPS and TCAF state OAP finals. Bev believes in the life-changing effects of educational theatre & totally supports the OAP process & the joy that participation brings to all who are touched by it. She counts herself fortunate to continue to be part of this miraculous process called UIL One-Act Play where lives are changed forever.

Division 4 Panel

 

Eric Skiles

Formally trained in acting, directing, vocal music, choral conducting, piano, drawing, and water colors, Eric is a multi-faceted artist/performer who has been involved in theatre performance since Kindergarten. His theatrical work has been seen in Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and California. He has toured with concert productions across the United States and Canada and abroad in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and Italy. For 13 years, Eric has served as Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director of Theatre at Lone Star College-Kingwood, gathering state, regional, and national recognition for his directing. His dedication to teaching has been recognized throughout his teaching career: 2016 College Educator of the Year-TETA 2010 LSC-K Faculty Excellence Award with NISOD ’02-’03 Outstanding Graduate Part-Time Instructor -Texas Tech ’99-’00 Secondary Teacher of the Year-Sands CISD ’99-’00 Elementary Teacher of the Year-Sands CISD Memorable stage roles include: Douglas Panch, (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Don Lockwood (Singin’ in the Rain), Harold Hill, (The Music Man), Norbert (Great American Trailer Park Musical), Mr. Applegate (Damn Yankees!), Sir Danvers (Jekyll & Hyde), The Lecturer (Reefer Madness), Officer Lockstock (Urinetown), Hysterium (…Forum), Bud Frump (How to Succeed in Business…), Roger Hopewell (Musical Comedy Murders of 1940), Prior Walter (Angels in America), Vernon Gersch (They’re Playin’ Our Song), Matt Friedman (Talley’s Folly), Rapunzel’s Prince/The Wolf (Into the Woods), and the Voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). Eric is a guest vocalist for the Kingwood Big Band and Kingwood Pops Orchestra. He is frequently seen as emcee for events at LSC-Kingwood and around the community. He is also in high demand as a UIL One-Act Play critic judge and a Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival play respondent. Eric earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting & Directing from Texas Tech University in 2003. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education. He taught theatre, music, art, and speech in the Texas public schools for 7 years – teaching all levels from Kindergarten to 12th grade. In his “spare time”, Eric performs with and sits on the Board of Directors for the Ken Davis Chorale.

Terri Castleberry

Terri spent 21 wonderful years teaching theatre in high school. Thirteen of those years were spent at Abilene High School. Terri has a masters in theatre and a doctorate in education, but theatre has shaped her philosophies: Children can and will flourish if given a place to grow, express their passions and belong. It is my job as an adjudicator to respond honestly to the work presented on the stage and provide feedback which is both helpful and uplifting. My job is to encourage continued growth in young theatre artists.

Paul Davis

Paul Davis teaches Scenic and Costume Design at HSPVA. He has been an active set designer in and around Austin; he has worked for The Zilker Park Summer Musical (B. Iden Payne nomination), Different Stages (Circle Critics Nomination), Capital T Theatre and The Da! Collective. His work for Hyde Park Theatre has been honored with B. Iden Payne award nominations: The Pillowman , The Drawer Boy, The Sound Of Music . He has also worked as a scenic artist for the Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage, and Connecticut Repertory Theater, and as a Scenic and Costume Designer for the Finborough Theater in London, England. His work has also been seen at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Prague Quadrennial. He has advanced to the State Level with OAP twice with Leander High School’s productions of Armitage and Paganini.

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