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Carlen Gilseth Joins Temple High Theatre Staff

Carlen Gilseth is joining the Temple High Theatre Department Staff in the Fall of 2017. He will serve as Temple's Technical Director and Assistant Director. He holds a master of fine arts degree in directing and theatrical production from the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, he taught at Minot State University in North Dakota. Previously, Carlen taught many years at The Woodlands High School (near Houston), where he was named Texas Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association. He has taken several plays to the UIL State One-Act Play contest and was State Champion in 2000 for The Shadow Box. He served as State Chapter Director of the Texas Thespians from 2007 through 2011.

Under his direction The Woodlands won the International Thespian Society Outstanding School Award in 2000 and 2007. Carlen's wife, Connie, will teach theatre at Lamar Middle School.

Temple's former Technical Director Brad LaMotte has joined the Baylor University theatre department.


Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
(254) 215-7036

Technical Director
& Assistant Director
Carlen Gilseth
(254) 215-7302

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart
(254) 215-7112


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25 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 25 years in a row (as of March 2017). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2015-2016 Highlights

Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

3rd Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

3rd Place & 6th Place
Individual Entries in
UIL Dramatic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of seven in Texas)

Seven Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Participate in
All-State Show (Big Fish) 

2014-2015 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Theatre Marketing

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of four in Texas)

Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Selected for
All-State Show (Big Fish) 
Cast and Crew

Natasha Tolleson named to
Texas Thespian Hall of Fame

Second Runner-Up
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2013-2014 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Film

Texas Thespians,
Main Stage Performance
The Secret Garden

11 Events Advance to
International Competition

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(2nd Highest Number of
Any School in Texas)

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 257 schools)

Texas State Champion
UIL Film Contest
Division 2, Narrative

Texas State Champion
UIL Group
Theatrical Design

2nd Place in Texas,
UIL Set Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design