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2019 Judges for State 6A One-Act Contest

Here is the information about the judges for the State Contest on April 25 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center.

Margaret Valenta-Davis, Houston
BFA- University of Texas at Austin
MEd- Sam Houston State University
Margaret Valenta Davis holds a BFA in drama Education from the University of Texas at Austin where she worked under Ruth Denney, and an MEd from Sam Houston State University. She taught high school for 17 years and has made four appearances at the UIL State OAP contest placing 2nd twice and 3rd once. She has served as a contestant, director, contest manager and adjudicator for UIL-OAP for over 30 years. Her work has been featured in "The Creative Experience" on Houston's PBS channel. Her students include: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing, World War Z), Charlie Pollock (Urinetown, 9 to 5, Violet, Elmer Gantry) and Eddie Steeples (My Name is Earl, Akeelah and the Bee). After leaving the classroom she worked as an administrator for Klein ISD, Humble ISD and Houston ISD.

Jill Ludington, Canyon
West Texas A&M University, College Faculty/Staff
BA in Theatre and English Education/WTAMU
MA in Educational Leadership /WTAMU
Jill Hays Ludington has BA in Theatre and English education and her Masters in Educational Leadership from West Texas A&M University where she now teaches as an adjunct professor and theatre student teacher supervisor. She has had appearances at the state level as an adjudicator, director and student. Participating as a student, director, contest manager, clinician and judge, she is committed to the process and believes in the benefits of UIL to both directors and actors.

Charles Falcon, San Antonio
San Antonio College, College Faculty/Staff
Oberlin College, BA
Eastern Michigan, MA
Charles Falcon is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Speech Communication at San Antonio College. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio and his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. Charles is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the Texas Adjudicator's Association. He was honored to be named Educator of the Year, Community College Division, in January of 2005. Mr. Falcon has judged every level of UIL OAP including the State contest in 2004, 2011, 2013 and 2015. He is a past recipient of the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence in Teaching Award (2003) and participated in the Oxford University Round Table in the summer of 2007. Mr. Falcon was honored to be awarded the Yellow Rose of Texas Educator in 2013 and the Robert E. Ziegler "Inspirational Professor" Award in 2015.


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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

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30 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 30 years in a row (as of March 2022). 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)