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OAP State Judges Bios

Division 1

 

Larry Carpenter

An adjudicator since 2010, Larry has judged more than 50 contests and more than 300 shows from all over Texas, in all conferences and in TAPPS. Larry has directed one act plays in conferences 1A-4A, advancing to area, region and state along the way. Additionally, he has directed more than 40 shows at the high school, elementary and community theatre levels. Several of his students have gone on to either college or professional theatre in New York, California, Washington and here in Texas. He currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for Waco ISD, a 5A urban district in Central Texas.

Pam Wilson

Pam Wilson is a recently retired theatre director and Fine Arts Department Chair from Katy ISD. She directed theatre in the Texas public schools for 38 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, Past President of TETA and is currently Treasurer-elect.   She also served on many committees through TETA and the Texas Education Agency to develop and promote theatre curricula throughout Texas and the United States. Ms. Wilson believes that theatre and all fine arts help all 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. 

Adonia Placette

Adonia is a former Director of Theatre at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She taught 5A High School taking shows to state level three years. Adonia is very active in KCACTF, TETA, TTAO, ATHE and other organizations and has judged UIL OAP on all levels throughout the state.

Holly Riedel: Contest Manager

Holly is a retired high school teacher and theatre director. She directed One Act plays for 14 years, taking one play to State in 2014. Holly has a long history of working in both community and school theatre, and she is excited to be a TTAO adjudicator. She strongly believes in the benefits of the UIL One Act Play process, and she has witnessed the growth in the students who are part of the program.

Division 2

Jason Kruger

Jason Kruger has been a theatre educator for over 20 years. He has directed numerous high school, university and professional productions during his career. While a high school theatre director, Jason directed several productions that participated at the 5A State Contest for UIL One Act Play. Jason has been a UIL One Act Play adjudicator for the past 13 years and has judged contests at all levels. When judging high school contests, Jason firmly believes in the UIL One Act Play mission statement which aims to “…promote a spirit of cooperation among all involved directors, students, administrators, parents and audience members to promote growth in the realm of educational theatre.” Jason is exciting to be here today working with TAPPS and all of the students and directors at the State Contest!

Yvonne Phillips Dupree

Yvonne J. Phillips-Dupree is a veteran of education who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA with a concentration in acting. She is currently semi-retired from the Houston Independent School District after having dedicated many years of tireless service. Previously, she taught theater arts at Ross Sterling Senior High School for 17 years and competed at the U.I.L. One-Act Play State Meet five times. She has directed professionally at the Encore Theater, the Ensemble Theatre and the Fade to Black Theater Festival in Houston, Texas. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Fade to Black Theater Festival.

Koy Domann

Koy has a B.F.A. in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. He works with the performing arts program at Concordia Lutheran High School where the drama team won first place in the 2009 PSIA 4A OAP state contest and were the 2014 TAPPS Division I OAP state champions. Koy has had several speech students qualify for both state and national contests. From 2015-2017, his speech teams won the TAPPS speech state championship and he was named the 2017 state 6A TAPPS Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. He has been a UIL adjudicator since 2010 and is member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials. Koy enjoys working with students and believes in promoting a safe and creative learning environment.

Katie Ritcheson: Contest Manager

Katie graduated from Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and a minor in Music. She has taught theatre at Whitehouse Junior High, La Vega Junior High, and now teaches at Grace Community Junior High School. After competing in UIL for several years, she began contest managing for TAPPS. This will be her seventh year working along side TAPPS and she looks forward to many more.

Division 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.

Josh Blann

Currently an Associate Professor of Drama at Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus and member of Actors’ Equity Association. Received MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Has performed in numerous productions as a professional actor and has designed lighting for many professional productions in the Dallas area.

Sharon Miller

Sharon Kaye Miller is a retired high school theatre director and forensics coach who taught for thirty years, directing over 60 plays at George West High School in George West, and James Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. Her love for One Act Play contests began in 1972 as an actress at Arlington High School, continuing through her years as a high school director with 20 One Act Plays in 3A – 6A Conferences, competing at the state level 5 times. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education and Speech Communications from Howard Payne University with additional credits from Texas Christian University and Tarleton State University as a charter member of the Grandbury Opera House. She is enjoying retirement as a freelance director, costume designer, theatre adjudicator and performer at the CALF literacy festival in Abilene. Sharon Kaye is a strong believer that our civilization will be enhanced and enriched through the pursuit of education in all aspects of theatre arts. For this reason, she is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an adjudicator for TAPPS and UIL One Act Play festivals and contests.

Lydia Miller-Wyatt : Contest Manager

Educator and OAP director for 30+ years, 12 state OAP appearances, 2 state OAP championships, UIL Sponsor Award, member of West Texas A&M Branding Iron Theatre Hall of Fame, co-founder and co-director of Shakespeare Under the Stars for 14 years, presenter of various workshops for TETA, UIL SuperConference, UIL Capital Conference, and National Council of Teachers of English. Theatre is an important addition to a student’s education; I try to further that education.

 

Division 4

Karen King

Holds a MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Houston and a BS in Drama/English Lit from East Texas State University. Ms. King worked for ten years in Los Angeles, where she earned an Emmy certificate for her work on thirtysomething. Her credits also include Glory, In the Name of the Father, Dream Streets, and Masked Angel. She returned to Texas in 2003 and spent 10 years directing OAP at the high school and Jr. High levels in Hillsboro, TX. She is currently the professor of Drama at Panola College. She is also a UIL OAP Certified Contest Manager. She also serves as a member of the S & P for TTAO and is the Playfest Co-Chair for TETA.

Robert Scott Allen

Robert Scott Allen holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis on directing from Southwest Texas State University. He obtained his Masters of Education in Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2006 from Sam Houston State University. Scott is currently the Principal of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston ISD. Having been involved in high school OAP and having directed OAP for seven years, Scott now works around the state doing clinics and festivals for both OAP and speech competitions. In addition to his UIL OAP and Speech involvement, Scott’s background includes theatre work in New York and community theatre in Texas. He believes strongly in the educational value of the UIL OAP process and feels that a positive OAP experience teaches students unlimited life lessons.

Nancy Humfeld

Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld is the head of the Theatre Department at Howard Payne University and holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from TexaA&M University-Commerce and a Ph.D. in theatre from Southern Illinois University. She has taught theatre at the university level for 31 years and in that time has directed over 85 plays, musicals, and operas. She continues to perform professionally each year. Dr. Humfeld is also the Artistic Director of the Lyric Performing Arts Company. She was named the College/University Educator of the Year by TETA in 2004. She considers UIL OAP a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with high school students and hopefully give them encouragement to continue at a heightened level of performance. Dr. Humfeld enjoys the opportunity to reinforce the director’s teaching as well.

Katie Ritcheson: Contest Manager

Katie graduated from Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and a minor in Music. She has taught theatre at Whitehouse Junior High, La Vega Junior High, and now teaches at Grace Community Junior High School. After competing in UIL for several years, she began contest managing for TAPPS. This will be her seventh year working along side TAPPS and she looks forward to many more.

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