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Travis Science Academy Theatre Info

Travis Science Academy

1551 South 25th Street — Temple TX 76504 — (254) 215-6300
Instructor: Yaakov Abrams
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Travis theatre students perform in The Me You Do Not Know, an original work by the students. The performance was September 17, 2021 at the Meridith-Dunbar Auditorium.


Saturday December 4 = Middle School UIL One-Act Play Contest at Meridith-Dunbar Auditorium

Thursday-Sunday, January 27-30 = Performances of The Lion King Jr.


Yaakov Abrams is the new theatre arts teacher at Travis Science Academy for the 2021-2022 school year. He was previously the Jarrell High School theatre arts director, where he built a new theatre program from scratch. They became competitive in their district, advancing in UIL one-act play competitions. He began his teaching career in the Round Rock ISD, building Canyon Vista Middle School into an award-winning program in one-act plays. Canyon Vista also won first place twice in the Texas Renaissance Festival play competition.

Mr. Abrams is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. He holds a BA in Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'Em!). He also worked as an actor and dancer for 20 years in Dallas, Chicago, Hollywood and elsewhere. Additionally, he works as a director for the Georgetown Palace Theater.

Mr. Abrams has three children: Natalie, Ari and Eliana.


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

Kayla Stewart
Office 254-215-7278

Assistant Director
Evan Scott

Technical Director
Andy Reed

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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)