DATE:  June 8, 2006       
CONTACT: Kelly Russell, Assistant Professor of Theatre, (361) 825-5992; Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337       

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Theatre Department to Host Summer Theatre Workshop for High School Students

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi “Camp on the Coast” theatre workshop is already a success with all 72 openings filled weeks before the first day of classes. The two-week workshop from Sunday, June 18 through Saturday, July 1 is for high school students interested in improving their acting, diction, and movement skills.

In just its second year, the workshop is already drawing participants from other areas of the state including Houston, Austin and Dallas. Classes will be taught by A&M-Corpus Christi faculty. Students will spend the morning learning skills that will be applied and practiced in the afternoon. Participants will be cast in a one-act play which will be performed during the camp.

“The camp is designed for students seeking an intensive and creative theatre experience,” said Camp Director Kelly Russell.

“The workshop will give the students an opportunity to raise their skill levels and take that growth back to their own schools.”

According to Russell, one of the biggest draws for the workshop is the roster of highly successful guest directors which includes Rick Garcia, Luis Munoz, Paula Rodriguez, and Margaret Valenta Locher.

Garcia, a teacher at St. Andrews High School in Austin, was named Texas Educational Theatre Association’s (TETA) Educator of the Year in 1994. His production of “A Lie of the Mind,” won the 5A State Championship. Each year he coaches and judges an average of 75 plays.

Munoz is the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Theatre Director. He is the past president of the TETA and has coached and judged theatre contests for 10 years. His production of “Nicholas Nickleby” won the 5A State Championship.
Rodriguez, an assistant professor of theatre at San Antonio College, is on the Standards and Practices Committee of the TETA Adjucators’ Association, the UIL Advisory Committee, and the TETA Board. Before working at San Antonio College, she taught theatre arts on the high school level for 10 years. During that time, her plays advanced to the UIL state meet six times.

Locher is the associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Klein Oak High School. She has taught theatre for 15 years and has earned numerous awards for her directing. Her productions placed second at the 5A State Championship in 1994 and 1995 and third in 1996.

During the workshop students will reside in the A&M-Corpus Christi student housing. For more information about the date and time of the one-act performance or to make reservations for next year, contact Kelly Russell at (361) 825-5992.