School Days Judges
Patricia Cargill is a retired music teacher with 32 years of teaching experience in Texas public schools and was a church choir director for 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Sam Houston State University. During her career and in retirement she has been an adjudicator in several regions in the Houston area, judging both UIL Solo and Ensemble and Concert and Sight Reading contests. Currently she is a member of the Texas Master Chorale and plays French horn with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. She lives in Katy, TX, and enjoys being with her two daughters and their families, which include four grandchildren.
Catherine Wafford has taught at Atlantic Christian College, Brazosport College, and in high schools in North Carolina and Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from SMU and a Master of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University. Mrs. Wafford is a winner of the Southwest Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Opera Society and subsequently sang with the New York City Opera Co., the Santa Fe opera Co., the Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, and various other opera companies, symphonies, and musical theatre companies throughout the U.S. Mrs. Wafford is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She has served on the State Board of TMEA and was, until her retirement from Langham Creek HS, president of TMEA/UIL Region 27. Mrs. Wafford also served on the state UIL Music Advisory Committee. She currently serves as clinician and adjudicator throughout the state; is a staff singer at First Methodist Church Downtown, and owns a private voice studio in Katy, TX.
Cliff Rabon retired as a choral music educator in June 2014 after 29 years of distinguished service to the profession. During his tenure, he taught at Humble High School in the Humble Independent School District for 19 years and Oak Ridge High School in the Conroe Independent School District for 8 years, building both programs to the level of consistent Sweepstakes and Festival winners. Mr. Rabon’s choirs have performed at TMEA, ACDA, in New York City, Orlando, Florida, Los Angeles, California, and all across the state of Texas. Mr. Rabon has served as TMEA Region and Area chairs as well as Region Computer Tabulations Chair multiple times.
Mr. Rabon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music education from the University of Houston, and did the majority of his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting course work at Westminster Choir College before returning to the University of Houston to complete the degree. He has served as Region Choir clinician, UIL Concert & Sight-reading Adjudicator, UIL Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator, Region Choir accompanist, and clinician for numerous high school and junior high school choirs. He is a member TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA, and is currently on the list of TMAA’s provisional list of choral adjudicators.
Mr. Rabon currently works as a choral associate at The Woodlands United Methodist Church where he serves as worship song leader, music ministry associate, and director of The Woodlands Academy of Fine Arts. He lives in Spring with his wife Laura and youngest son Austin. They have 4 children between them: Andrea, Phillip, Avery, and Austin, ranging from teenager to almost 30-something.
Frank Chambers maintains a private studio of woodwind students in The Woodlands area. Additionally, through his business Chambers Music, Frank designs high school marching band shows. Before setting out on his own, Frank was the Associate Band Director for Conroe High School. His tenure at Conroe was highlighted by a 2010 appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. From 2002-2004, Frank was a cast member of the Blast!. Inc. productions Blast II: Shockwave and Cyberjam. Frank holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music. He makes his home in Spring, TX with his wife Samantha, and their four-legged children – Cleo, Sasha, and Chuy.
Eddie Quaid taught highly acclaimed and awarded public school choirs for 35 years in Texas and Oklahoma. He has directed church choirs in Houston for 30 years. He is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, judges extensively in Texas, and is in great demand as a clinician for junior high and senior high individual clinics and festivals. Of great love and interest to him for many years is searching out good literature that is suitable and challenging for younger voices.
He received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Choral Conducting degrees from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Bev Henson and also received a scholarship to the Aspen Choral Institute.
Currently Mr. Quaid serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the American Festival for the Arts and is an Educational Consultant to the Houston Chamber Choir. He is also actively promoting choral music through two major ventures. Eddie is a founding member and serves on the editorial board of Alliance Music Publications.
Michael J. Madrid is currently in his 6th year as the Director of Music at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, a large parish that serves close to 15,000 people in the heart of the Energy Corridor. SJV has seven music ensembles that help lead the congregation each week and for special services and concerts. The music ministry performs major works each year and has travels abroad most recently to Italy with a special Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Prior to his appointment at SJV he taught in Katy ISD for 11 years. While in public education the choral department consisting of 9 choral ensembles had a rich history of Sweepstakes at UIL each year, major Broadway musical productions, TMEA performance by the Kantori Women in 1999, and various other ensemble and individual student accolades.
Michael Madrid earned both his degrees from Texas Tech University where he studied with Dr. Kenneth Davis and has worked with Robert Page, Ronnie Oliver, Dr. Alfred Mann, and Karl Dent. He is honored to travel around the country leading workshops and as a clinician, adjudicator, choreographer and performer. Michael is active among several organizations such as TMEA, ACDA, TCDA, and TMAA. Above all he is thrilled to make music each day and to share his passion of music with others.
Both Sides the Bard
I gave myself permission to draw and paint again when I was camped in the Catskills, in a tent, on the side of a small mountain at the New York Renaissance Festival. I call it Dreamtime. I had studied visual art in high school and in college at the Ohio State University. Painting is different than performing which requires being hired, applause, tips and CD sales to survive. I paint to find an inner peace through natural inspirations anddd free, lyrical expression very similar to music.
I create on canvas, pastel board and watercolor paper with acrylic and watercolor paints and pastels, sometimes as mixed media. My art was recently displayed as a solo show at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie Texas from January-April.
“All the World’s a Stage” was part of the Georgetown, TX, Art Hop Show. My work has been in four separate shows at Stinger Studio in Georgetown including my own show. I’ve set up small shows at house concerts and at Things Celtic in Austin. Kind friends at Sherwood Forest Faire have displayed my work in their shops. Those who browse Facebook have “liked” my postings many times. My paintings are in homes in Los Angeles, CA, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio,Texas and travel as small treasures with friends.
I jumped off the edge of the world, without a net, as a full time entertainer in 1997. Hundreds of thousands of miles later, through all kinds of terrain, weather, festivals, fans and five CD’s, I’ve made a small dent in the Celtic/folk music world. I’ve been featured at the Los Angeles County Irish Festival, Celtic Fling in PA, Oppenheimer Place in Los Alamos, NM, the Sherwood Celtic Festival, house concerts, Things Celtic in Austin, pubs, coffee houses. “More songs to sing, more tales to avow, more blarney than the law doth allow” is my mantra as the Bard O’Neill at Texas Renaissance Festival, Sherwood Forest Faire, the New York Renaissance Festival, Bristol Renaissance, Sherwood Forest Faire and many others: some living and others faded into history. I’ve been many characters as part of corporate and private events. I’ve also taught improv, language and character development workshops plus been Music Director. I have a lot of energy. I love to see “the lights turn on” as a director and as an entertainer.
Karl Caillouet, owner of Heights Sound insist “There’s riches in niches.” I have produced five CD’s: “Bard of the Mountains”, “Janus”, “A Rogue by Any Other Name”. “Conversations with the Moon” and “Tales of the Trickster”, with some of the best musicians I could muster and two of the finest sound engineers who kept me honest: Karl Caillouet and Tree Leom. Go to www.dianethebard.com for sound samples through bandcamp.com. It is instantly connected. Limited editions of the jewel case, tangible CD’s are available in the lobby. “Bard of the Mountains” is only available for downloading at my website. I have reviews, raves and asides at my website. I am an Avalon guitar artist. My music is fresh because I have a curiosity, a drive to learn and improve; an insatiable need to keep moving…forward.As my mom says, “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.” Only a few cracks in the veneer, Mom.
Angela Staha, a local artist holds a BFA from University of Houston in painting and studio arts. An artist who practices multiple disciplines, Angela’s paintings, drawings and sculpture have been seen throughout Texas in many venues including galleries at all major universities in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. She has contributed art to local theatres in scenic, makeup and costuming endeavors. She is a recent Montie Award winner and a professional cosplayer. Angela has been a member of the cast and staff of Texas Renaissance Festival since the early 80s and was responsible for the costume design of last season’s King Midas Masquerade Ball.
Christine Barr is an actress and educator, having taught middle school language arts, 11th and 12th grade English AP classes, freshman and sophomore college classes, dual credit high school/college courses, and theatre arts. She holds a B.A. in English from Texas State University and a M.A. in English from Sam Houston State University. She is also a newspaper columnist for The Paris Post-Intelligencer and currently appearing as Lady Margaret Seymour at the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Elizabeth Hensley has worked for the Aldine ISD as an elementary teacher, a technology specialist, an Information Literacy Specialist, and is now the Library Systems Administrator.
Beata Gillis studied at Alabama University in Montgomery (AUM), Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College) UK, and San Diego State University where she graduated summa cum lauda with a BA in English and an MA in British Literature. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor Societies, and was employed by San Diego State University to tutor graduate students on essay writing. She later taught English (ESL) at the Japanese National Defense Academy in Japan and the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.
Kristin Daugherty is a Houston native and loves everything about our area. She has BAs in English and political science from Houston Baptist University and an MA in English literature with a focus on technical writing and analysis from the University of Houston. Although her most recent positions have been in oil and gas and legal marketing, she has recently resumed teaching English at Lone Star CyFair and she’s loving every minute of it. Kristin has been involved in various positions with the Texas Renaissance Festival since 2001. She is involved in Houston’s community theater scene as well.
Cheyanna Snook is a dedicated artist and teacher educated in the Visual Art department at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
For more than two decades, she has been a teaching artist, pursuing her own personal artistic endeavors, while teaching and inspiring high school art students in their own art-making journeys as well. Her mixed-media artworks have been exhibited regionally in fine art galleries and in numerous private collections. Personal accolades have been achieved by Cheyanna as an artist, but what she sees as her greatest accomplishment is the inspiration of so many young artists each and everyday in the kingdom of her classroom. Currently on staff at Magnolia West
High School, she teaches a range of art courses from introductory Art classes for beginners to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Visual Arts courses for the more experienced student. For the second year, she joins the Texas Renaissance Faire Art Judging Team.
Rachel Anne has acted and directed in the Houston area for over thirty years. Some of her favorite roles have been the wife in Roshomon, Velma in Birdbath, Blanche inBrighton Beach Memoirs, and Asse in Peer Gynt. Recently she was seen as Martha inArsenic and Old Lace, and Lotta Bainbridge in Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings. At Texas Repertory Theatre, Rachel recently reprised the role of Betty in The Foreigner.
Her directing credits include Talley’s Folly, The Runner Stumbles, Death of a Salesman, When Ya Coming Back Red Ryder, Look Homeward Angel, All The Way Home, Little Mary Sunshine, The Fantastics, and `Night Mother. Since 2008, she has been directing at Texas Repertory Theatre. Smoke on the Mountain , and Shadowlands are two favorites.
She has also directed over 70 productions while Theatre Director at Taylor H.S. in Katy. I.S.D. Rachel directed her students to the U.I.L. State Meet OAP contest 10 times, winning 3 State Championships, and placing 2nd in State twice. She has directed at the University of Texas, for U of H Children’s Theatre Festival, Theatre Showcase, the Country Playhouse, and Texas Repertory Theatre Company.
Rachel has conducted acting and directing workshops for the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and taught acting, voice and diction, and children’s theatre at the University of Texas, and at the University of Houston. Most recently, she taught Directing for the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance in the MA program newly created for theatre educators.
She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas, Austin, and a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston. In her earlier years, Rachel was a member of the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival company, studied movement and dance at the Mary Wigman Institute of Dance in Berlin, Germany, and was an actress/dancer in The International Performing Ensemble in Germany.
Rachel is currently Treasurer/CFO of Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc.
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 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, TX
Jeanette Filardo has served as an adjudicator for over 12 years for Texas Education Theatre Association Adjudicator’s Organization and as a theatre director for the Alief Independent School District for 24 years and as teacher of Senior English for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. She earned a Bachelors’ degree in Theatre and Speech from Southern Methodist University and a Master’ degree in Education from the University of Houston. She has been active for over thirty years in the Texas Educational Theatre Association and was awarded that organization’s Founders’ Award in 2002. In addition, she has worked and performed both in local community theatre as an actress in New York City.
Jeanette is looking forward to participating as an adjudicator for the Texas Renaissance Festival. She believes strongly in high school theatre and the skills it develops such as creative thinking, collaboration, innovation, and self discipline. She is excited to see the performances at the TRF.
Ms. Tracy Hults serves as an approved UIL One-Act Play adjudicator through Texas Educational Theatre Association, was juried onto the Artists-In-Education roster for the Arkansas Arts Council in 2009, continuing residency work in that state as well as others. Applications are in process for pending endorsements from the Texas Education Agency (Professional Development provider) and the Mid-America Arts Alliance (Artist-In-Education).
In 2008, she appeared as Lady Macbeth in HCC’s Shakespeare Project co-production ofMacbeth with Intrepid Fringe, and in 2010 she appeared as Reagan in the Intrepid Fringe production of King Lear.
As a teenager, Tracy competed in pageants, training in modeling and related foci (make-up, interpersonal communication, etc.) with Dylan Modeling Agency. She is a proud graduate of Bandera High School, where she began acting under the instruction of Roslyn Houghton.
Tracy also studies writing and art and is accomplished in photography, American Sign Language, and marksmanship (sniper grade). She has earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Drama at HCC-NW and is currently working towards a BA in Business Administration and Marketing and lives in Houston with husband hal and her son, Tyler.
Hal Evans Founder/Artistic Director of Troupe d’ Jour, Midsummer Shakespeare Company, and Intrepid Fringe
As founder and director of Troupe d’ Jour, hal serves more than 60,000 students and teachers per academic year. Troupe d’ Jour brings curricula to life through interactive performances and workshops, including professional development training in cross-curricular arts integration.
His professional acting career began in 1993 with storytelling and EnterActive© Shakespeare performances both in Texas schools and at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Since those early days, he has earned acclaim of educators across the USA and the globe, as well as a place on the Artist-in-Education rosters for Texas, Arkansas, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Hal’s professional experience includes roles in a dozen films and tv shows, and appearances in more than 120 commercials. On the stage, he has performed nearly 100 roles and directed 150+ productions. As a playwright, more than two dozen of his scripts have been produced. He founded Midsummer Shakespeare Company in 1995, the Houston Shakespeare Project in 2002, and Speed Theater in 2007. Through these programs, thousands of actors have furthered their training.
In the Shakespeare’s Globe Centre Project 1999 (London), hal trained with Louis Fantasia, Mark Rylance, Nesta Jones, Kathryn Hunter and others. Many of the techniques employed in his work were transformed into fullness of being during that experience.
Ezekiel Morgan has worked with UIL for more than 25 years, judging on all levels including State. Ezekiel graduated from the HSPVA in Houston and received his BA from Prairie View A & M University with an emphasis on acting/directing and a MA in Counseling and Education Leadership.He studied abroad at Williams University with The Williamstown Theatre Festival.Ezekiel received several accolades in theatre from acting to directing to producing. Among the honors; Ezekiel was the Winner of the Prestigious Irene Ryan award (ACTF) National Winner; winning 3 out of 4 awards at the Kennedy for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He has been a guest director for several productions in and out of the state of Texas . Ezekiel is the Founder and Artistic Director of UTAKE -1 Productions. As founder and Artistic Director of Utake -1 he continues to strive and “Create Worlds that No one knew existed .He has performed off- Broadway and has worked with/coached such people like Billy Dee Williams, Darius McCreary, Tracy Ellis Ross, Tyler Perry, Dion Graham, Roger Reese, Countess Vaughn, Thelma Hopkins, Vivica Fox, Dana Reed, Nicholas Martin and the list goes on. Ezekiel served as a Committee member on the Standards and Practice of Adjudication and currently on the Board of Directors of TTAO. Mr. Morgan’s Motto is “Taking Talents to the next level of Perfection”.
Gary Cooper is currently is at Lone Star College – Tomball where he is the Technical Director, Performing Arts Center Manager and Arts Program Coordinator. Along with designing sets, lights and sound, he manages all PAC rentals and events, and occasionally directs. Gary has also been involved in UIL OAP as a student, advancing to State twice and as a director at Klein Forest, Klein Oak & Klein Collins high schools, advancing to Area & Region several times. He and his family have a passionate love of the Arts. Gary strongly believes in educational theatre. He has been directing, technical directing and performing for almost 30 years.
Patti Domingue is a veteran theatre teacher and consultant. She taught theatre for 16 years, working with both high school and middle school students and troupes. She has been active in TETA, International Thespian Society, Educational Drama Association, and presently serves as UIL One Act Play critic and judge. Patti also served as Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Instruction during her educational career. In retirement she enjoys consulting with students, teachers, and director, and occasionally guest directing.
Alan Deets received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts from McMurry College. He just completed his 50th year in education as a theatre arts teacher, a high school lead counselor, and an adjunct college faculty member. During his time as a one-act play director, he always advanced past district (to Regional five times, and State once). He has been a judge for several junior high play festivals. In addition, he has participated in most areas of community theatre. “I am passionate about theatre. I have seen first hand how the one-act play competition strengthens a student’s self-esteem, builds self-confidence, and positively changes lives. I want to be a part of making that difference in students’ lives.” Alan is currently an adjunct professor for Montgomery Lone Star College.
Freddie L. Buckner: Retired Theatre Teacher from the Aldine Independent School District. Mr. Buckner taught theatre all in Aldine ISD for thirty and a half years. Through those years, Mr. Buckner taught theatre at three different middle schools and two high school. 27 years were spent teaching high school Theatre and competing in UIL One-Act Play. His plays have won over 20 district titles, several area titles, competed in regional competitions and competed on the state level twice, placing at state in 2000. Over the years, many of his students have competed at T.F.A. state and at the state and national Thespian Festivals. He now conducts theatre workshops and Clinics across the state and is a certified U.I.L. One-Act Play Manager and Adjudicator. He serves on the U.I.L. Standards and Practices for Theatre.
Candice Koern: After receiving her BFA in Theatre and Secondary Education from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State), Candice Koern served as Director of Theatre at Cy-Fair H.S. for twenty years. She has appeared at the state UIL OAP meet twice; as an actor (1984) and as a director (2006) In addition, Koern is the resident director of the Bridgeland Community Theatre in Cypress producing and directing theatrical productions, workshops and drama camps for area residents. Koern has served on the TETA Playfest committee and the UT-Austin Theatre Educator’s Forum.
Lacey Rodriguez began her love of theatre as a child and has been teaching theatre for almost 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Sam Houston State University, and her master’s degree in Theatre from the University of Houston, and has studied theatre in London, New York, and Chicago. She teaches high school theatre and is an adjunct theatre professor at Lee College.
Kyle Davis is from Midland, TX and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. He currently serves as the Orchestra Director at Summer Creek High School in Humble ISD. Prior to his appointment in Humble, Mr. Davis for worked for the Amarillo ISD and Ector County ISD. Students participating in Mr. Davis’ orchestras have been successful at All-region auditions, solo and ensemble contests as well as earning multiple “Sweepstakes” at UIL Concert and Sightreading contests.
Mr. Davis studied music at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX receiving a Bachelor of Music (All-Level Certification) and has completed some graduate level work there. His teachers include Emmanuel Lopez, cellist of the Harrington String Quartet and Dr. Mark Bartley, Associate Director of the School of Music and Associate Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony. While in school, Mr. Davis earned many awards and opportunities as a young conductor and music education researcher. As an undergraduate, he organized and conducted several chamber music recitals. This led to him being invited to guest conduct the WTAMU Symphony on two concerts as well as cover conduct on numerous occasions for the ensemble. In 2008, Mr. Davis was one of five conducting students selected in a national search to participate in the College Orchestra Directors Association masterclass with Thomas Cockrell of the University of Arizona and Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops. In 2009, he was given acceptance into the McNair Scholar program where he completed graduate level research on UIL programming. The resulting research has won awards and been presented at the TMEA and TODA Clinic and Convention.
Upon graduating Mr. Davis joined the faculty at Amarillo College as the Director of Orchestral Activities and the Amarillo Opera as an assistant conductor. While at AC, Mr. Davis grew the membership of the orchestra and developed it into a fully symphonic ensemble. In 2011, he made his professional opera conducting debut with the Amarillo Opera’s Production of Joshua’s Boots, an opera by Adolphus Hailstork. Mr. Davis has also served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout West Texas.
Mr. Davis is married to Heather Davis, the Woodcreek Middle School Head Orchestra Director in Humble ISD. They have a precocious cat named Farlee and sweet Schnauzer named Henry.
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 228 contests, including state one act play 8 times. He is also an adjudicator for Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and is the adjudicator 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 now called Texas Theatre 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 and was also honored in 2018 with the coveted Emeritus Award. 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. He is devotedly called “Rambo” by his former students.