Staff & Board of Directors
The HCCT Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Directors are made up of a panel of community leaders and residents who have varied backgrounds in theatre, business, volunteering, and more.
Mike began performing in school and community theatre performances in Massachusetts. He began learning theatre production as an officer of Quinnipiac University’s theatre club, from where he earned a B.A. in Mass Communications.
As an actor in Los Angeles, Mike studied the Michael Chekhov Technique and is an alumnus of the Stella Adler Academy. He also assisted with the managing of the Stella Adler Theatres. Mike has appeared in theatre, television, and film with costar and guest star credits opposite many notable actors. He was also a stand-in and photo double for actor John Goodman in five pictures.
In 1999, Mike opened the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, California. Forming the non-profit theatre organization Fire Rose Productions in 2000, he was the president and chair until 2009. Mike gained his theatre business acumen by running both organizations and producing over 100 shows, including many multicultural events, an annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, and Mini Musical Festivals. He also created “She Wrights – A Festival of Women Playwrights." At the Secret Rose Theatre, he was also a director, dramaturge, and an acting coach for both children and adults.
After selling the Secret Rose Theatre, Mike moved to Texas in 2013. As executive director of the Hill Country Community Theatre since July 2014, he produces all shows and special events, handles fiduciary concerns, marketing and publicity, education and outreach.
At HCCT, Mike increased revenue by increasing the number of show performances, building audiences, creating fundraisers, and producing special events. He implemented a “Pay-What-You-Can” concept to make the theatre more accessible to the economically disadvantaged. Mike also started the "Plays for New Audiences" series, introducing unique and thought-provoking productions. Using direct mail marketing, he has been successful in increasing attendance as well as awareness of the venue and organization.
With the HCCT board of directors, Mike campaigned for donations and grants replacing the theatre’s aging air conditioning system. He had the sound equipment upgraded increasing the quality. Mike contracted with Vendini for ticketing, website hosting, and email marketing, which has had a significant impact on attendance and the quality of the organization's customer service.
Mike’s responsibilities at HCCT include artistic direction. He passes his knowledge of acting and directing techniques onto the actors and directors. The impact on the artists at HCCT has been high, and the quality of work has risen significantly, due to Mike’s knowledge.
Selecting the season shows and presenting them to the board of directors for approval is one of Mike’s duties. He relies on suggestions from actors and directors and asks them to read the plays he is considering and give their input. Mike tasks artistic persons to direct, cast, and host shows and special events, and encourages and involves other community organizations in participating and performing on the HCCT stage. Most recently, he co-produced a fundraiser with the Highland Lakes Equality Center which provides resources to the LGBT community.
Mike found himself working harder than ever during these difficult times. After the initial shock of being shut down, he got caught up on a lot of backburner projects, including writing a proposed revision of the theatre’s bylaws.
Wanting to be ahead of the curve, Mike focused on what was needed to reopen HCCT when the time came. Participating in several webinars and town halls that were presented by the American Association of Community Theatres and Texas Non-Profit Theatres, and with a copy of the Event Safety Alliance’s reopening guide, he formed a plan for what the venue needed to do to reopen safely.
Upgrades to the venue needed to start with the restrooms becoming touch-free. Purchasing and installing hands-free flush valves, faucets, and soap dispensers were required. Wishing also to buy an electrostatic disinfecting fogger, touch-free hand sanitizer stations and stands, Mike began a range of gifts campaign for these items and raised over $7k, with which the theatre purchased everything on the list.
HCCT is unable to produce a regular season this year. In place of season subscriptions, Mike created the "4-Ever Flex Pass," which is four tickets to four shows, and it is good forever, in case HCCT must postpone or shut down again. To date, this has earned over $11k in sales.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Biography coming soon
Patrick has been involved in theater since the age of 9. He has put his carpentry and mechanical skills to use behind the scenes on many sets at theaters and on film. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 daughters when not on set or stage.
Biography coming soon
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A resident of the Texas hill country since 1994, Patty’s love of stage work started in grade school and continued into college as a Theatre Arts major at St. Edwards University in Austin. Although it was not her destiny to earn a living working in the field, the fondness for theatre stayed with her throughout her twenty-year career in corporate restaurants. Together with her husband, Paul, they have owned and operated NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals since 2004. Patty also works part-time at Kingsland Health and Fitness Center as a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and leads additional cardio and strength-building classes for seniors. Patty and Paul enjoy world travel and local beer and wine. They make their home in Kingsland.
Brian Jones joined the Board of Directors in January 2020. He is currently General Manager for Longhorn Cavern State Park. Brian has dedicated his life to various non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Marble Falls Youth Baseball and Softball Association, Alliance Umpire Association, Fort Worth Football Officials Association, and the Austin Football Officials Association. Brian and his wife Ginger moved to the hill country in 2008 with their three boys Jordan, Easton, and Garen. Two of these great performers you may see on the stage from time to time.
Frank Reilly is a lawyer, a municipal judge, and teaches political science courses for Texas Tech University. He served as mayor of the City of Granite Shoals from 2005 until 2011, and practices law with the firm of Potts & Reilly, LLP of Horseshoe Bay, with a practice that includes estate and probate matters, constitutional law, nonprofit law, and small business advising. Frank has 30 years of experience in advising non-profit organizations, and serves or has served on various boards of 501(c)(3) and public entities, including board chair for Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, Inc., the entity that provides Meals on Wheels and Head Start services for the two counties, board chair for Burnet Senior Housing Opportunities, Inc., which provides senior housing in Marble Falls, presiding officer of the Texas Weather Modification Advisory Committee of the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, president of the Southwest Range & Wildlife Foundation, vice-chair of Ecology Action of Texas, Inc., board member of the Capital Area Council of Governments, member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and on the advisory boards for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Highland Lakes), Texas Tech University Water Center, Roddick Tennis Center, Access for Youth, and the Greek & Service Organization of the University of Texas.
Nancy’s passion is education, and she has taught everything from third grade through graduate school. Most of her career has been in teacher education, not only in colleges and universities in the US, but also in six foreign countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. She has also spent many years working with teachers in over 30 American Indian tribal schools across the nation. She is experienced in funded projects, having served as director, principal investigator, or project coordinator on ten state and federal grants and has been the evaluator on 16 additional grants and hopes to help HCCT in this area.