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OAP District Judges Biographies 2016

Division 1- District 1: Andrea Hinojosa

Division 1- District 2: Lisa Hale

Lisa Hale was the theatre director and fine arts department head at Plano East Sr. High School for 27 years. While at Plano East she made two appearances at the UIL State Meet placing second in 2004 and capturing the state title in 2006. In 2009, the Texas Educational Theatre Association named her Educator of the Year. Currently, she is teaching theatre at Collin College and enjoys conducting workshops and directing as well as working as a UIL judge and contest manager. A former member of the S&P committee for TTAO, she holds a BFA in Drama Education from The University of Texas and a Masters in Theatre from The University of North Texas.

Division 1- District 3: Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Martin has been involved in educational theatre on the high school and middle school levels for 28 years. She recently retired in 2014 from Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. where she served as Fine Arts Department Head. During her career, she taught in San Antonio, Plano, Waco-Midway, Duncanville and Ennis. Suzanne’s productions qualified for Region multiple times, and her students performed at the State meet in 2013. She participated in the OAP process as a director, actor, contest manager and host. As an adjudicator, she is committed to responding honestly and providing helpful and uplifting feedback. “I look for the companies to tell the story about the human condition. Acting is at the core of this work.” Suzanne holds a M.A. in Directing from Baylor University.

Division 1- District 4: Jackie deMontmollin

Jackie deMontmollin serves as the Associate Director of Theatre Education at The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance where she heads the Summer MA for Theatre Educators and the BFA in Theatre Education. Jackie taught Theatre in Texas Public Schools for 15 years and directed over 70 productions including four State qualifying One Act Plays. She has also taught Arts Integration at The University of St. Thomas in Houston for five years. Jackie was honored to receive The Ross M. Lence Award for Excellence in Teaching from The University of Houston in 2012. She is proud to serve as a certified TTAO adjudicator. Jackie believes UIL One Act Play to be one of the most beneficial educational experiences a student can have.

Division 2- District 1: Jim Rambo

Jim Rambo is a retired professor of theatre, having taught on the undergraduate level for 39 years. He has been a UIL adjudicator since 1977 having judged over 198 contests, including state one act play 6 times. He is also an adjudicator for Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and is the coordinator for Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools one act play contest. He has served as President of Texas Educational Theatre Association and was the second Chairperson for the previous Texas Educational Theatre Association Adjudicators Organization. Jim has received six directing awards from American College Theater Festival and was named the 1985 Educator of the Year for Community/Junior colleges with Texas Educational Theatre Association. He is also a Founder’s Award recipient with Texas Educational Theatre Association. He has been nominated two times for the MInnie Stevens Piper Professor Award and was also a nominee for The Carnegie Foundation for Teaching Excellence. Degree: B.A., Abilene Christian U. Degree: M.A., Texas Tech U.

Division 2- District 2: Carla Rich

Carla Ford-Rich is a Retired Theatre Coordinator for Plano Independent School District. She also taught Speech and Theatre for 34 years. Since retirement she attends at least one professional theatre production a year in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She was named the TETA High School Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2004. She has coached and directed many award winning shows and advance in UIL several times. She is a certified UIL Judge and Contest Manager. Carla’s main goal as a judge is to educate the students and help them grow as performers. Her desire is for all students to go home feeing good about their performance and their critique.

Division 2- District 3: Charles Falcon

Charles Falcon is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Speech Communication at San Antonio College. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio and his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. Charles is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the Texas Adjudicator’s Association. He was honored to be named Educator of the Year, Community College Division, in January of 2005. Mr. Falcon has judged every level of UIL OAP including the state contest in 2006 and 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is a past recipient of the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award (1999 & 2001) and participated in the Oxford University Round Table at Oxford University in the summer of 2007. In 2011 Mr. Falcon was selected as a finalist for the Minnie Piper Stevens “Piper Professor.” In 2013 he was honored to receive the Constance Allen Heritage for Lifetime Learning “Yellow Rose of Texas” award and was named the Robert E. Ziegler Inspirational Professor in the spring of 2015.

Division 2- District 4: Larry Balfe

Larry is a forty year veteran of the One-Act Play process as an actor, director, contest manager, crew member and as an audience member. He appreciates productions where the company commits to the directors’s choices. He feels blessed to have directed four different schools to the State Meet, winning twice and advancing nineteen productions to Regional Meets. He has been judging since 2011 and is thrilled to be part of the OAP process.

Division 3- District 1: Mildred Peveto

Division 3- District 2: Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker has been involved in the performing arts for the last 25 years. He earned his B.F.A. in performance from Baylor University and his M.F.A. in acting/directing from Texas Tech University. Over the last nine years, he had been employed as a Theatre Professor at McLennan Community College.

Professor Parker has acted and directed professionally in numerous productions throughout Texas and in New York. Kelly has studied the Meisner acting technique with Larry Silverberg and is a certified teacher through the True Acting Institute. He has trained in voice and speech work in New York City and Los Angeles with Catherine Fitzmaurice, Patsy Rodenberg, and Phil Thompson and is a certified Assistant Professor of Fitzmaurice Voicework©. Professor Parker is a registered Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Director and actively participates stage combat workshops throughout the region. Mr. Parker is 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, a member of TETA, VASTA, Yoga Alliance, and is a certified UIL OAP critic judge.

Division 3- District 3: Ronnie Watson

Ronald Watson is a tenured Instructor of Theatre at San Antonio College. He earned a B.F.A. in acting from Texas State University and an M.A. in directing and design from Baylor University. He has participated in the One-Act Play contest for 34 years at as a student, site-crew member, director, contest manager and adjudicator. He also has been the State Contest Director for the Theatrical Design Contest since its inception. He whole-heartedly believes in the power and capacity of theatre to inspire and challenge students and to teach critical thinking skills applicable to any field of endeavor.

Division 3- District 4: Travis Poe

Division 4- District 1: Don Williams

Biography: Dr. E. Don Williams is Director of Graduate Studies at Lubbock Christian University, and has been director of Theatre at Lubbock Christian University since 1979. Dr. Williams has directed over 76 productions at LCU. Williams’ directing experience includes high school, college/university, and two outdoor productions, God’s Country, and Texas. He is in his 17th year working with the Texas Production. In addition to directing, he has written five plays. Dr. Williams is entering his 39th year as a UIL OAP critic judge, and served a term as chair of the TETA’s Adjudicator Organization. He has judged UIL OAP contests at all levels, including three state contests. He was also honored as TETA College/University Educator of the Year.

Division 4- District 2: Nikki Silva

Nikki Silva has been a Theatre Director at Denison High School for the last 14 years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Drama, with an emphasis in Acting and Directing, from Texas Woman’s University. She has directed over 50 productions during her career and has qualified for the 4A U.I.L. One-Act Play State Meet 4 consecutive times, placing 1st runner up in 2010, and has coached 10 Best Actor and 14 Best Actress U.I.L. award winners, including two Samuel French Award winners at State in 2010 & 2012. In Speech and Debate- Ms. Silva has had the opportunity to take students to the Regional level of competition in Poetry, Prose and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. She was honored to judge at one of last year’s TAPPS contests in Pilot Point, and is so excited to have the opportunity to see some amazing theatre today. So, break a leg everyone, and remember to “Act well your part, for there all the honor lies…”

Division 4- District 3: Pam Wilson

Pam Wilson is a recently retired theatre director and Fine Arts Department Chair from Katy ISD in Katy. She directed theatre in the Texas Public Schools for 388 years. Ms. Wilson is a certified adjudicator with the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials (TTAO) organization. In addition, Ms. Wilson has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) as Secretary, Vice President Elect, President and is currently a Past President of TETA. She also served on many committees through TETA and the Texas Education Agency to develop and promote theatre curricula throughout Texas and the United State. Ms. Wilson believes that theatre and all fine arts help al students to develop creative and imaginative skills which allow students’ success in other curriculum areas and in the real world. She also believes that through the One Act Play contest students learn to hone this craft called theatre.

Division 4- District 4: Ricky Ramon

Ricky Ramón has directed over 60 plays and musicals at educational and professional settings including the award-winning Teatro Vivo in Austin, TX. He has earned degrees in theatre, performance, and education from The University of Notre Dame, Texas Tech University, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts and Harvard Graduate School of Education. While in New York City, Ricky learned several innovative acting and directing techniques including Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints from the SITI Company and Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes from the East Coast Artists. Having started his directing debut in his hometown of Pearsall, Texas, Ricky is passionate about empowering students and audiences through the art of theatre. Ricky was a founding member and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Theatre Adjudicators & Officials (TTAO) organization. He adjudicates theatre clinics, festivals, and contests all over the State of Texas and has judged the 2A & 4A State U.I.L. One-Act Play contests in Austin and the State TAPPS contest in 2014 in San Antonio. Ricky also had the honor of judging the Regional High School Festival for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in 2014 in Mobile, Alabama.

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