ATX Theatre Leadership
Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez, Cecelia Gay, April Hudson, Victor Villalobos,
Prince Camp, Jose Lozano, Ann Ciccolella, Minerva Villa
Mary Alice Carnes, Drew Nebrig, David R. Jarrott, Indiia Wilmott, Inge Rider, Adam Roberts,
Simone Alexander, Dana Wing Lau, Ashley Bowers, Rommel Sulit,
Catherine Ashton, Valoneecia Tolbert, Jeremy Rashad Brown, and Robert Matney
Carolyn & Marc Seriff
Chief Inspiration Officers
(Plus, Marc is the innovator behind ATX Theatre's Industry Directory!)
About Our Ensemble of Leaders (in order of appearance)
LUIS ORDAZ GUTIÉRREZ (he/him/his) is a theatre director/actor, dancer, and writer. Luis' work blends cultural exploration, historical research, and unconventional performance art, driven to unpack the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx experience. Since 2008, Gutiérrez has served as the artistic director of ProyectoTEATRO, whose mission is to engage recent immigrants, bicultural communities, and first-generation families through cultural arts programming in Spanish.
CECELIA GAY (she/her/hers) currently works as a Key Second Assistant Production Accountant at HBO. Previous experience includes teaching at Austin School of Fashion Design, tutoring private design students, and consulting extensively in fashion and costume/makeup design for Florida Grand Opera, KidsActing, Austin Shakespeare and House of Torment, among others. Cecelia's creative and flexible thinking, honed at Miami International University of Art and Design, brings a pragmatic playfulness to the ATX Theatre board. “Theatre should be both sustainable and fun to make.”
APRIL HUDSON (she/her/hers) has worked for and/or volunteered with theatres in the Austin area for the past decade, including Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Playhouse, Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre, Trinity Street Players, TexArts, Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance. She's also a theatre Mom, having produced two theatre professionals who grew up doing Austin theatre. One is now a working Equity stage manager and one is finishing up her degree as a genuine triple threat. April has volunteered for ATX Theatre throughout 2021.
VICTOR VILLALOBOS (he/him/his) is a CPA who operates his own firm and helps Oracle with SEC Reporting Analysis. He also serves on the board of Impact Arts. Victor worked as the Sr. Accountant at Tower Rock Oil & Gas, and as Staff Accountant at The Long Center. He graduated from UT Austin with a Master in Professional Accounting in Financial Reporting & Assurance and a Bachelor of Business Administration (double-major: Business Honors and Accounting).
PRINCE ELVEN CAMP JR. (he/him/his) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dallas Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Media Arts and Communications (2012) with a focus on theatre. He received a BA in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin (1995) and has performed in university and professional productions. He directed, produced and acted in 2 one-man shows and has played roles in independent feature films and box office features. In addition to acting, Prince is a storyteller. During his tenure as Sr. President with Multimedia Maze LLC, he has directed over 100 business commercials, music videos, and mini-documentaries. Prince is a native Texan from Dallas with a heart for small businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, film, and video. Prince also serves as the Head of Professional Services for Google’s Vendor Management Organization where he has been employed for 15 years.
JOSE LOZANO (he/him/his) is a videographer, editor, photographer, and all-around creative artist. He has worked with many Austin theatre companies, but spends most of his time producing and collaborating on corporate, wedding, and music videos. He is the founder of Magic Spoon Productions (magicspoonproductions.com). ATX Theatre will forever appreciate the outstanding promotional spots Jose created to help launch ATX Theatre during the 2020 pandemic!
ANN CICCOLELLA (she/her/hers) is a director and playwright. She's directed in Austin at ZACH Theatre (where she served as managing director for 8 years), Zilker Theatre Productions and Austin Shakespeare (where she continues to serve as Artistic Director in her 14th year). Ann was the Executive Director of Austin Circle of Theatres, a pre-cursor to ATX Theatre. Ann has directed at various NYC theatres and also served as Associate Director for Shakespeare on Wheels and Artistic Director of Renaissance Theater Company. Ann has a degree in Dramatic Literature, History of Theater & Cinema from NYU. Ann co-founded ATX Theatre and helped initiate ATX Theatre’s creative blueprint in 2021.
MINERVA VILLA (she/her/ella) graduated with her B.F.A. in Acting from Texas Tech University in 2009 and again in 2021 with her Masters in Education from the University of Illinois. Minerva was an educator for twelve years and has taught every grade level spanning from kindergarten to seniors in high school. Minerva now works as the Curriculum Designer and Trainer at Jolt Action, a Texas-based multi-issue organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos in our democracy. When she's not busy educating others, you can find her on stage in several spaces across Austin as an actor or behind the scenes as a director. Currently, Minerva is a Story Wrangler with Paramount Theatre's Literacy to Life program where she helps bring children's stories to life on stage. Minerva is passionate about the arts, education, and ensuring that these kinds of spaces remain inclusive, diverse, and joyful. She is honored to be part of the ATX Theatre Board and excited to serve her beloved theater community in Austin.
Mary Alice Carnes (she/her/hers) is the content producer at Voces Oral History Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works in communications with FUNauctions. She has been a part of the nonprofit sector for many years in Austin, Texas with organizations focusing on arts and culture, basic needs and best practices for nonprofit organizations. Mary Alice is also an actor and director and has worked with many area theater organizations as actor, director, and
Drew Nebrig (she/her/hers) is the Director of Marketing and Communications for ZACH Theatre. Originally from Dallas, TX. Drew studied music at UT Austin, and holds dual degrees in music and advertising/PR from Penn State. She's worked in entertainment advertising in both Pennsylvania and New York City prior to moving to Austin. She’s overseen and grown both global and local entertainment brands, and always inspires and empowers the teams with which she works. Drew led the formation of ATX Theatre’s creative blueprint in 2021, and co-produced the ATX Theatre launch spots.
David R. Jarrott (he/him/his) is the Producing Artistic Director of Jarrott Productions. He's been involved in theatre since age 10, and is an actor/writer/producer/director. Previous day jobs were in advertising, television and radio; a recipient of several local, regional, national and international awards for acting, writing, directing and production for theatre, advertising, television and radio, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. David helped initiate ATX Theatre’s creative blueprint in 2021, and co-produced the ATX Theatre launch spots.
Indiia Wilmott (she/her/hers) is a professional actor, voiceover artist, director, dramaturg, and esteemed community leader who has worked in just about every aspect of theatre in the Bay Area and in Austin. She serves on the board of New Manifest Theatre. She has worked at The Museum of the African Diaspora, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, and The VORTEX, among others. She is the founder of the Austin Black Theatre Alliance and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Inge Rider (she/her/hers) moved to Austin in 2006 to be close to family. Having always liked live theater, she was delighted to discover the abundance of it here in Austin and has been a "faithful audience member" from the very beginning. She lives in South Austin with her 2 dogs and her cat.
Adam Roberts (he/him/his) is an Austin-based artistic director, musical director, and vocal coach. He is co-founder of TILT Performance Group (tiltperformance.org) and Resolution Creative (resolutionaryworks.com), and frequently serves as guest director, conductor, and consultant for projects in Central Texas and beyond. Learn more about Adam and his work at adamkroberts.com and on social at @adamrobertsvoice.
Simone Alexander (she/her/hers) is a freelance artist, arts administrator, and arts advocate. Simone has spent the last four years in Austin working in the nonprofit field and theatre community. She serves as Producing Artistic Director and Founder of New Manifest Theatre Company, Development Director of Ground Floor Theatre, and Visitor Relations Manager at The Contemporary Austin museum. Simone has volunteered through service on the B. Iden Payne Awards Council, the UTeach Fine Arts Council Advisory Committee, and the ACC AAS Tech Theatre Advisory Committee. Simone is a yogi and enjoys cooking and going to parks for picnics with her husband, Nehemiah, and their pups, Johnny and Roy. Simone helped initiate ATX Theatre’s creative blueprint in 2021.
Dana Wing Lau (she/her/hers) is a member Actors Equity Association. She also serves on the board of Women in Film & Television. She is a commercial and film actor as well as an audiobook narrator. She is pitching her own TV food show this year! Dana's other creative endeavors include writing, yoga, baking, learning ukelele, practicing and relearning instruments she used to know how to play, practicing (and relearning) languages, and traveling. Dana is a transplant from California and has been exploring the Lone Star State and how to keep things weird.
Ashley Bowers (she/her/hers) currently works as a Product Marketing Manager at Meta (aka Facebook) in Austin, Texas focusing on Privacy and Regulation for ads. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and has called Austin home for the past 5+ years after a few years living in New York City. Outside of work, you can find her walking Lady Bird Lake with her fiance Brian and their pup Winslow or improving upon some of her favorite creative skills like floral arranging and custom stationery. Ashley has a background in dance and performing arts so is very excited to be joining the ATX Theater Advisory Board!
Rommel Sulit (he/him/his) has 20 years of experience in structural, civil, landscape, and specialty architecture. He specializes in design and detail, but has expertise in all phases of production and construction, and works in BIM 3D modeling systems such as ArchiCAD, Revit, AutoCAD. He holds a master's degree in architecture from UT Austin, and an undergraduate degree in visual art from The University of Chicago. As a theatre professional as well, Rommel co-founded Street Corner Arts and has performed for the stage, film and TV after training at the School at Steppenwolf.
Catherine Ashton (she/her/hers) is the founder & CEO of Giant Squid Group, LLC, a social impact consultancy that works with start-up and small nonprofits to scale their fundraising, leadership, and capacity through an intersectional feminist and anti-racist lens. She is a sought-after coach, speaker, and strategist locally and nationally, and specializes in helping organizations marry best practices and mission-aligned innovation to drive systems-level change. In her “out of work” life she spends time with her daughter, husband, and collection of rescue animals and can be found horseback riding, doing jigsaw puzzles, or drinking whiskey.
Valoneecia Tolbert (she/her/hers) is an Austin-homegrown stage, film and voice actor. She holds a BFA from Texas State at San Marcos, and is represented by Collier Talent Agency. This multi-disciplinary theatre person recently wrote and performed Tales of a Blerd Ballerina at Vortex Repertory Company. She is a company member of Hidden Room Theater and Shrewd Productions. Valoneecia works in the communications field for Liveperson as a manager of customer success when not mixing it up in Austin theatres. She also has many years of experience as a property manager.
Jeremy Rashad Brown (he/him/his) caught the theatre bug in Waxahachie, TX in 6th grade when he was cast in Beauty & the Beast. He's resided in Austin for over a decade and considers this his creative home. He works in the nonprofit world with the Survive2Thrive Foundation as Director of Creative Arts, and is the founder of Oh So Reel Films and Brown Boy Productions. BBP's mission is to provide a viable platform for underrepresented and marginalized artists to authentically tell their stories through various artistic mediums. Jeremy is Chair of The Vortex Repertory Theater Board of Directors and also served on the Board of Austin StartOut. Jeremy studied American Studies and Music Business with a concentration in marketing at UT Austin, and worked in corporate-level sales and marketing in the natural foods business before shifting to be an artist full-time. In addition to theatre and film, he is a singer-songwriter and musician who plays trombone and saxophone.
Robert Matney (he/him/his) is a stage actor and producer interested in early modern drama and the intersection of performing art, network technology, and game mechanics. He works for Yonder, an AI software company whose products detect and analyze emerging narratives and influence dynamics in online discourse.
Carson Lambert (he/him/his) is a Texas native and has been in Austin for the majority of his life. Studying Digital Media Management and Theatre at St. Edward’s University, he is concurrently working on pursuing a career in arts & theatre administration. He has taken on administrative roles at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Georgetown Palace Theatre, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, TILT Performance Group, and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Passionate about the relationship the cultural arts sector shares with commercial entertainment and theatre, Carson aspires to continue helping spread the magic of live theatre within the city of Austin & beyond.
Sharron Anderson (she/her/hers) is an Austin native-returned-home after living in NY, where she worked as an actor and casting director. She's appeared 100+ theatre productions across the NE and SW. She holds a BA & MFA from UT Austin, where she taught Acting, Voice/Speech, and designed an acting class specifically for Opera majors. Sharron co-founded Lysistrata Project, the first worldwide theatrical peace event, during which Aristophanes' anti-war comedy was read in 1,029 locations in 52 countries and in every U.S. state on a single day in 2003. She’s wife to Byron and mom to Gus, Sparky (people), Cheesecake, and Twig (dogs). Sharron co-founded ATX Theatre and helped initiate its creative blueprint in 2021. With help from Carson and the Board of Directors, Sharron manages the daily operations of the organization. Member: Actor's Equity Assoc. & SAG-AFTRA.
CAROLYN & MARC SERIFF: You can read all about the Seriffs here!