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Adjudicators for Regional Contest, April 16 & 17

Allana Patterson, Grapevine

BFA Theatre Design UTAustin
MA Theatre Education UT Austin
MS Counseling TWU
     Allana Patterson began her love of theatre at Snyder High School under the direction of Mr. Jerry Worsham, where she experienced State meet three times, and won Best Actress/Samuel French in 1972. She holds a BFA in Theatre Design, and MA in Educational Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin. In 1995, she directed the 5A State Championship play for L. D. Bell High School; and in 2018, she had the pleasure of judging the 1A State Meet. Allana worked in professional/college theatre from 1977 until 1987 when she began teaching high school theatre at Richardson HS, L. D. Bell HS and Southlake: Carroll HS. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Texas Educational Theatre Association's Founders Award. Since earning an MS in Counseling and becoming a school counselor in 1998, Allana has performed in two community productions, worked over 20 workshops and festivals for one-act play, and judged more than 140 contests. She retired in 2016 from 28 years in public education. Allana just finished a three-year elected position (9/2020) on the Standards and Practices Committee of TTAO and hopes to continue her work for the organization. She has a strong belief in the positive effect of educational theatre as a life long learning experience.

Eric Vera, Austin

University of Texas at Austin, College Faculty/Staff
MA in Theatre Education from The University of Northern Colorado
BFA in Theatre Studies from The University of Texas at Austin
     Eric Vera is an experienced theatre arts director, educator, stage manager, and performer. Eric is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin where he will be obtaining his PhD in Performance as Public Practice. Eric severed as the Executive Artistic Director of the Camille Playhouse in Brownsville, Texas. Eric attended the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies. Among various other accolades, Eric obtained his Masters in Theatre Education from The University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Vera received a First Class Teacher Award for having experienced outstanding achievement in teaching. Eric is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Judging Philosophy: "Story. That is our number one job as Thespians. Tell the story and everything else will fall into place."

James (Jim) Rambo, Waco

B.A., Abilene Christian U.
M.A., Texas Tech U.
     Jim Rambo is a co-owner of Studio Rambo, an acting class studio with live, recorded and virtual modes of instruction. He was a professor of theatre for 39 years. He is a long time UIL adjudicator having judged over 236 contests, including state one act play eight 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.



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

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Alicia Green

YouTube (thespiansrus)

29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2020-2021 Highlights

Texas Thespians:
18 Students Advance to
International Competition

State Champion:
Thespian Team Tech Design

Three Films Advance in
UIL Film Contest

Five State Qualifiers
in UIL Theatrical Design;
Group Wins Bronze Medal

District Speech: 10 of 15
Advancers were from Temple,
Two District Team Champs

UIL One-Act Play Student Body
Advances to State Meet
(5th Time in the last 6 Meets)
Final 8 out of 249 schools

State 2nd Runner-Up, UIL
Theatre Team Champions

2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)