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Our Directors

    Rick Garcia

    Rick Garcia is Theatre Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Upper School in Austin, Texas. He has served as guest faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, Southwestern University and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He is also the founder and artistic director for Maestro Theatre, a continuing education consultant organization for the training of theatre directors and educators. He was part of the writing team for an ABC Documentary, THE CHILDRENS DIGNITY PROJECT, hosted by Oprah Winfrey; the documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award. He was named the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s Teacher of the Year, 1996. Mr. Garcia also owns and operates Eastwood Hill Bed and Breakfast in San Marcos. The facility serves as headquarters for his teacher training seminars. He also ranches in Spur, TX. Mr. Garcia had six trips to the State UIL One Act Play Contest, including winning the State Championship in 1989.

        Renee Buchanan

        Renee Buchanan has taught in the Texas public school system for over 25 years with most of that time spent teaching theatre. She has a background in early childhood education, special education, secondary English, theatre, speech and debate. She has taught in both large and small school districts across Texas where she has taken five plays to the Texas University Interscholastic League State One-Act Play Contest placing third in 2002 and first in 2006. She has also had success in speech and debate at the state level, as well as, qualifying students at the national level. Renee serves as a UIL One-Act Play adjudicator and continues to serve on the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials Standards and Practices Committee. Currently she teaches in Keller ISD.

            Mandy Epley

            Mandy Epley is Executive Director of Human Resources for Comal ISD in New Braunfels, TX. Mandy graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre, with an emphasis in acting and directing, in 1997.  She earned a Masters in Educational Administration at Lamar University in 2009. In addition to acting and directing professionally, she has served as a guest artist at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Artistic Director of Inception Theatre. In 2009, she was named Brandeis High School Educator of the Year, Northside ISD High School Educator of the Year, and KENS5/SACU Excel Award winner.  Her production of After Juliet qualified for the UIL One Act Play Contest in 2010. In 2012, she was named Texas Educational Theatre Association K-12 Educator of the Year. Mandy served as Texas  Educational Theatre Association’s K-12 Vice President and is a founding member of the Texas Theatre Administrators Conference (TTAC).

                Patty MacMullen

                Patty MacMullen has directed high school and middle school theatre for more than three decades. While teaching in public schools, her students advanced to the Texas UIL OAP State Meet five times placing third at state in conference 4A in 1999 and again in 2007. In 2012, her students advanced to the division II state championship contest in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, placing 1st runner up for the state championship title. She has also directed productions which were chosen to perform at the Texas State Thespian Festival Main Stage (2003 & 2006), the International Thespian Festival Main Stage (2007) and Chapter Select Showcase (1997 & 2009), and the Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival (2010 & 2015). Patty was inducted into the Texas Thespian Hall of Fame in 2011. She has experienced the Texas UIL one act play contest as a student, director, host, clinician, contest manager, and adjudicator. She currently serves as Director of Theatre at Hill Country Christian Upper School.