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2018 State One Act Play Judges Bios

Division 1

Adam Zarowski

Before moving to Houston and starting his MFA actor training at UH, Adam taught high school for eight years in El Paso Texas and Houston. When Zarowski arrived in 2006, Austin H.S in El Paso hadn’t done play for five years, and from 2006 – 2013 Zarowski and his theatre put on 36 plays, musicals, and traveling children shows. During this time Zarowski acted as the Director, tech director, designers, and the production manager of all the shows. Amidst the H.S productions, Adam directed eight U.I.L One Act Plays, which advanced to every different level of competition, including the production of Amadeus in 2011, which was a State Finalist. Adam also acted as the Head Artistic Director of three El Paso I.S.D summer Musicals in the years 2010, 2011, & 2012. Those productions were, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street and Bye Bye Birdie. While teaching theatre at Austin, Zarowski also acted as the Fine Arts Head of the Dept., the U.I.L Academic head of the entire school, and as the theatre’s manager.  In 2007, Adam started the Speech and Debate Team at Austin H.S. In the five years he coached and ran team, he had 44 state qualifiers in acting speech events, 4 national qualifiers, 13 state quarter finalists, 5 state semi finalists, 2 state finalists in Humorous Interpretation acting, and in the year 2011, out of over 2000 high schools in Texas, Austin H.S was ranked 5th in the entire state.  In 2011 Adam was named the Teacher of the Year at Austin H.S and was a finalist in the district race. Since retiring from full time teaching, Adam has traveled around the country and has coached multiple national finalist in speech and debate, and work shopped and cut scripts for numerous schools that have advanced to the State Level in One Act Play. Adam is now a freelance actor, director, teacher; script cutter, acting coach, a certified U.I.L One Act play Judge, contest manager and clinician. He holds a B.F.A in Acting from Texas Tech University, and acquired his Royal Shakespeare Company “Stand up for Shakespeare” certification, which is a certification given from the RSC and is specialized and geared toward teaching children and young adults Shakespeare. He is currently getting his M.F.A in  Acting at the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston. Adam plans t travel the country doing Shakespeare Festivals and acting and directing wherever the work takes him.  Teaching and adjudicating is a true love of Zarowski’s and believes full heartedly in the powers and benefits of educational theatre. 


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.


Jill Ludington

Jill Hays Ludington has BA in Theatre and English education and her Masters in Educational Leadership from West Texas A&M University where she now teaches as an adjunct professor and theatre student teacher supervisor. She has had appearances at the state level as an adjudicator, director, and student. Participating as a student, director, contest manager, clinician, and judge she is committed to the process and believes in the benefits of UIL to both directors and actors.

Division 2

Cathy Huvar

Cathy holds a BS in Education in Theatre from Texas State University and a MA in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has been actively involved in educational theater and the UIL OAP process for many years as a student, teacher, director, contest manager and adjudicator having judged all classifications and levels of OAP competition. Cathy was named Texas Educational Theatre Association’s (TETA) Community College Educator of the Year in 1994 and was honored with the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2016. She has held offices in the College/University section of TETA including serving on the TETA Board of Directors and she currently serves on the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials (TTAO) Board of Directors as Communications Director. She is a firm believer in the value of educational theatre and the one-act play process in the lives of young people.

Travis Walker

Travis Walker has been involved with UIL One-Act Play for over 30 years as an actor, director, host, and contest manager. Mr. Walker has been fortunate enough to have competed at the State OAP meet both as student and a director. As a director, Mr. Walker’s shows have advanced to the UIL State One-Act Play competition 8 times, winning two state championships and 3 first runner-ups in the last 5 years. Mr. Walker has a B.A. and M.Ed. from Angelo State University and is currently the theatre director for Abbott High School and teaches theatre for grades K-12.

Lynae Jacob

Lynae Jacob has a MA in Speech and Theatre and a BS in education from West Texas State University. She has served as Director of Theatre at Tascosa High School, Amarillo High School, and Amarillo College. She was the Chair of the Communications and Theatre department at Amarillo College for ten years, and is now happily retired. She has participated in UIL one-act play at three different levels, has directed twelve one-act plays, and was a UIL actor, director and critic judge. Most recently, Lynae has had the privilege of judging at state twice. She knows firsthand the value of educational theatre and is thrilled to be working with TAPPS.


Division 3

Rachel Mattox

Rachel has acted, directed and taught theatre for over thirty years, including for the University of Texas Summer Theatre Workshops, for the University of Houston Children’s Theatre Festival,  Theatre Showcase, The Country Playhouse, and The Texas Repertory Theatre Company. She taught theatre at Spring Branch High School, St. Agnes Academy, James E. Taylor High School, and Hempstead H. S. before retiring from teaching in 2004. As a theatre educator, Rachel directed her students to the U.I.L. State Meet One Act Play contest 11 times, winning three State Championships and placing 2nd in State twice.

She has also conducted acting and directing workshops for the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and taught acting, directing, voice and diction, and children’s theatre at the University of Texas, and at the University of Houston. Rachel Anne received the U.I.L.Sponsor Excellence Award in 1992, and was named TETA High School Educator of the Year in 2004.

Rachel has served on several TETA committees, and is former chair of the UIL OAP Advisory Committee which formulated the Ethics Code in practice today. She was also one of the TEA appointed writers of the early TEKS for theatre curriculum. Since 2006 Rachel Anne has been proud to be a U.I.L. Theatre Adjudicator and clinician. She is past Treasurer of Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc., and is current Treasurer of Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials.

Rachel continues to act and direct professionally in the Houston area. She studied at the Mary Wigman Institute of Dance in Berlin, Germany, was a dancer and actress at the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas, Austin, and a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston.

Freddie Buckner

Freddie Buckner taught high school and middle school theatre arts for thirty years in Texas. He has been a member of TETA for over 35 years. Mr. Buckner has been involved in UIL on all levels of One-Act Play since 1976. He has the greatest respect for high school theatre directors. He considers them to be an essential element of a thriving school. While teaching at both MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools in Houston, his students advanced from zone through regional contests numerous times and advanced to state twice, and placing second runner-up in 2000. Since the early 80’s, his students made yearly performances at State Thespian Festivals. Over the years, students competed at Nationals at NFL, NCFl, and in T.F.A. speech tournaments. Mr. Buckner served on the U.I.L Standards and Practices Committee for One-Act Play in 2016-2017, and does Theatre Staff Development and UIL Clinics for One-Act Play


Tim Estelle

Timothy Estelle has served the Texas Public School system since 2005. Previous professional experiences include Assistant Theatre Arts Director at Clear Creek high school from 2005-2009, and Theatre Arts Director at Cypress Woods high school from 2009-2014. His students have excelled in both the Thespian and UIL Competitions, including advancing to the State UIL One-Act Play competition in 2012. Prior to his educational work, he was the artistic intern at the Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, AZ from 2004-2005. Currently, he serves the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District as the Coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts for Dance and Theatre Arts. He has been a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association since 2005, as well as the Educational Theatre Association since 2009. He previously served as Treasurer of the TETA Board of Directors from 2017-2018. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre as well as a Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.



Contest Manager: Roslyn Houghton

Roslyn Houghton has a total of 32 years of teaching experience in middle and high school English, speech and theatre. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, she retired in 2012 after teaching at Bandera High School as UIL coordinator, speech/debate coach and theatre director for 18 years. She advanced students to the UIL State Meet in every speech event as well as placing first runner up in OAP in 2007. She has been involved in UIL as a student, director, contest manager, clinician and adjudicator. She loves working with all size schools because during her career, she taught in every conference. Roslyn has been contest managing since her retirement for UIL MS, HS and TAPPS. When acting as CM, Roslyn strives to run a well-organized contest that follows TAPPS rules in order to reduce stress on directors and to help students “have their best day ever.” She is also a volunteer director at Hill Country Arts Foundation, a non-profit community theatre company that specializes in visual arts and theatrical education. Roslyn believes in the arts as a tool to better humanity and in the process to teach self- confidence, teamwork, and dedication.

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