Meet The Teachers
Maggie Meador is the founding Artistic Director of Summer Break Theatre. Maggie is currently a Theatre director for Cedar Valley MS in Round Rock ISD, a member of the Arts Lead Cohort 1. She has led professional development workshops for both the district and TETA. Previously, Maggie worked as a touring national stage manager for TheatreWorks USA, and performed in New York City for the Drama Guild, the New School, Manhattan Theatre Source, and others. Maggie served as the stage manager for Joan Rivers and the Blue Man Group.
Jon is a founding member of Summer Break Theatre and producing director. Jon serves as the theatre director at East View High School in Georgetown. Prior to that, he was an actor of stage and screen in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of Chapman University's BFA in Theatre Performance program. Jon performed locally in the School of Rock for Georgetown Palace Theatre and performed as Joe for SBT's production of Cul-de-Sac by John Cariani.
Anna is a core member of Summer Break Theatre. Anna has her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida and later on earned her Master of Education from Texas A&M. She is a middle school theatre teacher in Lake Travis ISD. Prior to that, Anna lived in Los Angeles where she was a founding member of the award-winning sketch group Oh You and Your Bone Spurs, a frequent participant in Comedy Central’s storytelling night Sit and Spin, and happened to film a TV pilot, a couple of indie movies and a studio picture. She lives in Austin with her husband and two sons and is beyond excited to work with Summer Break Theatre!
David Lampe is a core member of Summer Break Theatre. After graduating with degrees in English and Philosophy from Texas A&M, David worked for a number of years in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. He is a long time improviser in the Austin, whose work can be seen at the Hideout, Merlin Works, Coldtowne Theatre, and more. David has been instructing seniors for over 25 years.
Yaakov is thrilled to be part of SBT. He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA and has a BA in Theatre from The UT - Austin. Yaakov has been a theatre educator for 10+ years and worked as an actor in Texas and Chicago before that.
Rene is a core member of Summer Break Theatre. has a B.A. in Theatre from the City University of New York, Hunter College. She is currently the Theatre Arts director at Hutto High School in Hutto,Tx. Rene has worked as an actor in LA, New York and across the country. Rene’s recent Austin credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Princess in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar for Present Theatre Company and Adrianna in Comedy of Errors for Penfold Theatre Company. Rene is super excited to get to work with the talented artists of Summer Break Theatre!
Summer Break Theatre began as a simple focus: Teachers work hard, and we all know this. We can sometimes take for granted, however, how much time educators from all disciplines focus on others throughout the year – from their students, to school functions and responsibilities, add that to trying to balance family and friends and it can become challenging for educators to find a creative outlet for themselves. In the fall/spring of 2017-2018, a small group of Theatre Directors (and friends) began conversations with the goal to produce a play that consisted entirely of teachers in the cast/crew, since we had the time. From here, ideas were developed to form a collective, where all teachers were welcome to join in and express themselves creatively through performance. This company is not just for Theatre teachers! Any teachers can join us.
Hyde Park Theatre generously agreed to let us rent their space for the first, limited run of the inaugural production: Cul-de-Sac, by John Cariani. This piece is particularly timely and special. It is by the same critically acclaimed author of Almost, Maine; a terrific play widely produced with success by both high schools and middle schools. Additionally, the revision of this play is only about a month old, and therefore, we are lucky to work on a play that comments on the sometimes shockingly accurate sense of how we grapple with our busy, overworked lives as spouses and parents.
We are so pleased to support and work with Hyde Park Theatre as our summer home; expanding our audience base, and we are planning future outreach opportunities for teachers.
Thanks to Max Langert and Cinnamon Path Theatre for the production help. Scrappy and well-intentioned, Cinnamon Path Theatre likes site-specific work and does little things when they can.
Meet our Advisory Board:
Artistic Director, Hyde Park Theatre
KELSEY ALTOM KLING
Government Affairs, Texas AFT
Managing Director, Government Affairs – Yonder
ESTEVAN J. CHUY ZARATE
Director/Diversity Chairperson for RRISD Council of PTAs