RHS Theatre Director
Here is a little bit about me! My name is Mrs. Smith and I have been a theatre teacher now for 20 years. I have taught at Leander MS, Travis HS, and Canyon Ridge MS. I received my undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX in Theatre and Education. I then went on to get my Masters Degree from NYU in Drama Therapy. I then moved back to Texas with my husband and had two beautiful baby boys. Scott is now 16 and Sean is now 14. I have loved theatre since my first role in the 3rd grade Christmas play! My teaching philosophy is to learn by doing. My students are very rarely sitting down and hardly ever take notes...we perform and experience! I am so excited about all of my new and returning drama students and will work diligently to continue building an awesome tradition of great theatre at Rouse HS!!!
RHS Raider Technical Director
My name is Mel Edwards and I am the Technical Director at Rouse HS. Prior to Rouse I was the technical director at Belton HS. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance – Scenic Technology. After college, I took on a position at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC where I served as one of three scenic carpenters. When I returned to Texas I continued my woodworking skills building cabinets and furniture with an Austin company named The WIM Group.
My involvement outside of BISD includes working as teacher honor crew every year at the UIL State OAP Meet and serving as Technical Director for Tal's Summer Theatre Camp at Baylor University.
“Theatre has allowed me to utilize all my skills and even learn new ones. I am proud to be part of an industry where sawdust in your pockets is an everyday thing.”
RHS Assistant Theatre Director
Hello! My students call me "Flan" and I am the Rouse Theatre Assistant Director. I teach both acting and technical theatre classes. Before coming to Rouse, I was the Theatre Director at Leander Middle School, and was part of the directorial team of Glenn High School's 2017 State Finalist UIL One Act Play. In high school, I participated in Theatre, Choir, and Speech and Debate, so the performing arts world is my home. Working with my students brings me so much joy! I feel truly honored to help them grow and succeed as actors, technicians, artists, and people.
Rouse HS Theatre is dedicated to creating a collaborative learning environment with high quality education in the performing arts. Our aim is to elicit creative self-expression, critical thinking, and artistry through our theatre course offerings and mainstage productions as students grow as performers, directors, designers, and stage technicians. We are also committed to producing shows that will continue to delight, entertain, and educate audiences.
We wrestle with the most compelling issues of our time, to derive new understanding for the advancement of the human condition. Therefore, we foster curiosity, invention, bravery, and humor; we also risk and learn from failure, in order to promote practical innovation and personal revelation as lifelong habits.
Rouse HS Theatre also presents a unique opportunity for students to become responsible citizens. By providing a diversified curriculum and environment for bright and talented individuals, we seek to offer preparation for higher education and professions in the arts. Every student must strive for excellence and take pride not only in his individual work, but also in the cooperative production of the ensemble.
One of the best things to happen in Texas public education is the requirement that every student in high school must complete a TEKS-based course in order to graduate, and that every student in middle school is required to complete a TEKS-based course. Arts Education is not a frill; rather, it is beneficial to every student and helps teachers reach students across a broad spectrum of learning styles.
For more information about the positive impact that Fine Arts education has on students, and to become more knowledgeable about legislative actions that could impact fine arts program in Texas, I invite you to join GoArts.org. By registering at the site, you can help educate our state’s decision makers about the importance of Fine Arts education. There’s no charge for joining, and GoArts.org does not share email addresses with any other organization.
The Rouse High School Theatre Program is in only its 10th year and
has already created an award winning program:
GREATER AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (HAYAs):
2020 Les Miserables - Won Best Music Direction, 10 Nominations: Best Lighting Design, Best Technical Execution, Best Featured Performer, Best Supporting Actor, 2 Best Lead Actors, Best Music Direction, Best Direction and BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION.
2019 Bring it On - Won Best Musical Direction, Best Direction and Best Lighting Design, 9 Nominations: Best Lighting Design, Best Technical Execution, Best Ensemble, Best Choreography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Musical Direction, Best Direction, BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION
2018 Shrek - Won Best Scenic Design, 11 Nominations: Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Technical Execution, Best Featured Performer, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Direction, Best Music Direction, BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION
2017 In the Heights - Won Best Scenic Design and Best Student Designer (Choreography), 11 Nominations: Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Technical Execution, Best Choreography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Music Direction, BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION.
2016 Guys and Dolls - Won Best Lighting Design, 5 Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.
2015 Oklahoma – Nominated for Best Lead Actor, Best Lighting, Best Choreography and Best Orchestra.
2014 Hairspray – Nominated for Best Choreography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Featured Performer.
UIL ONE-ACT PLAY COMPETITION:
2020 The Edge of Peace - District CHAMPION: Best Actor, 2 All-Star Cast, 2 Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and All Star Tech. (Season cut short due to COVID 19)
2019 The Great Gatsby - District CHAMPION, Bi-District Qualifier: Best Actor, 2 All-Star Cast, 4 Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, Outstanding Technical Crew, 2 All-Star Technicians
2018 Inherit the Wind - Zone Advancing Play, District CHAMPION, Bi-District Advancing Play and Area Qualifier: 5 All-Star Cast, 10 Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and 4 All Star Technicians.
2017 David and Lisa - Zone CHAMPION, District Advancing Play, Bi-District Advancing Play, Area CHAMPION and Region Qualifier: 2 Best Actor, 2 Best Actress,10 All-Star Cast, 4 Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, Region Outstanding Tech Crew, 5 All Star Technicians.
2016 Mariner - District Advancing Play, Bi-District Qualifier
2015 Nice Family Gathering - District Advancing Play, Bi-District Qualifier
TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL PERFORMING ARTS CONTEST
2019 - 2nd Place One-Act Play Hamlet
2017 - 1st Place One-Act Play Romeo and Juliet
2016 - 1st and 2nd place Group Acting
Prior to 2016 we have won multiple awards at the Texas Renaissance Festival Performing Arts Contest, including 1st-3rd place in Group Acting, 1st and 2nd place in Duet Acting, and 1st-Honorable Mention in Monologue.
We were nominated and won out of 2500 schools an opportunity to take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2015. We were selected based on the quality and breadth of shows they produce, the departments involvement in their school and community, the community service projects they are involved in and the caliber of alumni that graduate from their program.
We have qualified for Nationals at the Texas Thespian State Convention in Stage Management, Costume Design, Group Acting, Monologue, Duet Acting, Duet Musical and Group Musical. In 2019 Group Musical made Finals.
We were selected as an All-Star Thespian Troupe in 2019 and 2018
In 2017 we were nominated for Thespian Troupe of the Year
We have performed in workshops in New York City.
We also have already had several alumni who have been successful in the entertainment industry!