top of page

Jess Plus None (feature film).        Art Department   2021

Expecting (short)                             Director                 2015

Professional and Educational Theatre:

Managing Director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas     2014 - 2016      

(the theatre was closed in December 2016 following the deaths of founder Brian Loncar and his daughter, Grace)

           Converted a commercial entity to a non-profit corporation

           Created and managed season budgets, production budgets

           Redesigned website

           Created and managed social media, video ads, marketing, season subscriptions, program design 

           Implemented video ad campaign

           Negotiated Equity contracts and contracts for all artists and production staff

           Hired designers, technicians and actors

           Managed facility rentals and scheduling           

           Overhauled ticketing system

           Managed a separate business entity associated with the theatre - full bar with liquor license

           Directed Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

           Produced New Play Readings

Managing Artistic Director of Actors’ Theatre Of Dallas            1987 – 1993

           Managed and directed all aspects of production, marketing, publicity, season subscriptions, grant writing, program design, production meetings, scheduling, board meetings, artist and technician contracts, budgeting



Ursuline Academy of Dallas

Theatre Division Head / Director / Instructor  

September 2000 – 2008


Courses Taught:


Introduction To Theatre – one semester fine arts credit course covering character analysis, beginning set design, theatre history and acting

                                                Texts: Stage and School

                                                Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams


Fundamentals of Acting – a Method-based acting class that incorporates auditioning, stage direction, objective, obstacle, script

                                                analysis, character analysis, monologue and scene work

                                                 Texts:  Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen

                                                             Audition by Michael Shurtleff

                                                             Basic Drama Projects


Intermediate Acting - 2nd semester Method Acting course with additional emphasis in

                                                Voice and movement in scene study and monologue work and culminates in a year-end showcase performance

                                                Texts:  Same as above


Period Acting Styles/Theatre for Young Audiences  - This is a year long junior level language-based acting course which focuses on Greek,                                                       Commedia del Arte, Elizabethan /Jacobean/Shakespeare, Moliere, and British Restoration Comedy.  The course also                                                           incorporates a touring show that travels and performs for young audiences through-out the spring semester.

                                                Texts:  Compilation of notes from numerous theatre history

                                                 sources and period acting styles sources including Oscar Brockett, John Barton, Curtis Daw, Paul Rudlin


Directing/Producing for the Stage – This is a year long course of study in directing and

                                                producing with an emphasis on script selection, guided

                                                practice in directing, casting, script analysis, physical and psychological blocking, sound design, lighting design,

                                                Texts:  The Director’s Voice

                                                Play Directing in The School

                                                Directing for the Stage







University of Texas at Dallas – Masters of Arts in Humanities

With emphasis in Aesthetics, 2014


Texas A&M University - Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Minor in Management, 1982 


Texas State University  - Graduate Studies in Political Science with emphasis in  Paralegal Studies, 15 credit hours, 1984-1985


Royal National Theatre of Great Britain – Summer Course in Period Acting Styles, 1988


Southern Methodist University - 32 additional undergraduate hours in Education and Psychology 

        in preparation for attaining Texas State certification to teach grades 6-12 ,  1998 – 2000

Writing Projects:


1.  Division Avenue – full-length play (a story of a young Hasidic man who longs for greater intellectual and personal freedom)

           produced by Midtown International Theatre Festival at the Abingdon Theatre in Manhattan  July - August 2013

           produced by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas  November - December 2013

           produced by JTown Playhouse in Jerusalem Israel   February - March 2014

2.  Stage adaptation of Adam’s Rib (limited adaptation rights granted by Turner Broadcasting)

           produced by Actors' Theatre of Dallas in 1992 at The Bathhouse Cultural Center

3.  Homefront –a full length play (heartwarming look at life on the WWII home front)

           produced at Ursuline Center for Performing Arts in 2007

4.  Stage adaptation of Charlotte’s Web (for large cast classroom use only)

           produced by Christ The King Catholic School in 2003 - 2004

Directing and Producing Projects:


Professional Directing Experience    (Actors' Theatre of Dallas)

The following productions were funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA and The 500 Inc:

     Close Ties by Elizabeth Diggs                  

     Talking With… by Jane Martin              

     Sweet Sue by A.R. Gurney

     A Texas Romance by Ellsworth Schave

     Night, Mother (entry into Dallas Theatre League’s Chimera Theatre Festival)


Professional Producing Experience    (Actors' Theatre of Dallas)

Foxfire by Hume Cronyn

Close Ties by Elizabeth Diggs

Talking With…   by Jane Martin 

School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A Texas Romance by Ellsworth Schave                    

Fallen Angels by Noel Coward                                            

Sweet Sue by A.R. Gurney                                                               

Camille by Charles Ludlum                                                  

Adam’s Rib adaptation by Miki Bone

Crossing Delancey

The Immigrant by Mark Harlik

Night, Mother by Marsha Norman 


Educational Producing/Directing Experience


Produced and Directed Touring Shows

The Serviam Touring Productions travel to numerous elementary school venues.  Our work has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, Preston Hollow People, and Lake Highlands People.

Children’s Letters To God                 2007-2008

Seussical                                             2006-2007

School House Rock, Live! Jr.             2005-2006

Number The Stars                             2004-2005

Charlotte’s Web                                  2003-2004


Productions Directed for Ursuline Center for Performing Arts    (420 Seat House)

Homefront                                          April 2007

A Midsummer Night’s Dream          November 2005  (article in DMagazine)

Alice in Wonderland                          May 2005

Learned Ladies                                   April 2005

Our Hearts Were Young & Gay        April 2004

Psycho Beach Party                           April 2003

Faith County II                                    April 2002

Dancing at Lughnasa                         November 2000


Productions Directed for Black Box Theatre     (99 Seat House)

Talking With…                                      May 2006

Christmas Memory  (Collection of Student Written Monologues)    December 2004

Eleemosynary                                     May 2004

Little Princess                                      May 2003

Immigrant Voices     (Collection of Student Written Monologues)   May 2002


2021 The Melsheimer Family Theatre Jesuit College Preparatory Dallas

2020 The Bone Family Theatre Cristo Rey High School

2016  Alumnae Serviam Award Ursuline Academy


2006 – 2008 Member of American Theatre of Higher Education (ATHE)


2000 – 2008 Member of Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA)


2014 - 2016 Institutional Member of Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA)


2007    Who’s Who in Education


2006-7 Ursuline Academy Employee Above and Beyond Award


2005 – 2008 Member of Employee Annual Scholarship Legacy Committee


2007 Member of Scheduling Review Committee


2001 Member of Principal’s Advisory Committee

Theatre & Education Related Activities:

Producing Team of Chimera Theatre Festival with Addison Center Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Classical Theatre Company


Nominator for Leon Rabin Theatre Awards (awarded to professional artists working in Dallas area theatres.)


Panel Member for Dallas Theatre League Assisting in the Negotiations with Actors’ Equity for Umbrella Contracts for Small Resident Theatre Companies


Period Acting Styles Class for the Teen Children’s Theatre at Dallas Theater Center 1988








Volunteer  STAGE 2015 - 2019

             Designed New Website

             Repainted Studios


Echo Theatre – Board Member 2014




Artreach Board Member  2008-2011

Created two Outreach Programs

            Painting Class with the Senior Citizens of St. Philip Community in South Dallas

            Jewelry Class with at-risk teen mothers in drug treatment program


Ursuline Academy of Dallas

Member of Strategic Planning Committee for Curriculum - 2011

bottom of page