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Current Directing Students

Isaac Byrne (Directing)

Isaac has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance award, 26 NYIT awards, and 11 Planet Connection Awards. NYC Credits: Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance, Nominated for Director), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), Rusalka (Planet Connections Best Production), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), I Used to Write on Walls, Grimm Reality (Co-Production with Bryant Park), and Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connections Best Original Script). He has taught acting at the University of the Arts, the New York Film Academy, Texas State University, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.

Tom Debello (Directing)

Hailing from Canada, Tom is in his final year as an MFA Directing Candidate here at TXST. Directing and acting have taken him around the world. Recent directing work in Texas includes: Cabaret (TXST), Speech & Debate (TXST), the workshop and upcoming production of Dylan Spencer’s Cat Obedience School (TXST), Assistant Director for Sunday in the Park with George and Million Dollar Quartet (ZACH Theatre), The World According to Snoopy (TXST) and the workshop reading of The Two Orphans (TXST). Other selected directing credits include: Carrie: The Musical (U of L), Survival Cycles (TheatrExtra), How Great Is My Calling (Shed Prod.). As a performer selected credits include: a member of the World Premier cast and the original Toronto cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph, the North American tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Oliver! (Gateway Playhouse), Mainstage Cast for Disney Cruise Lines and a Principal Vocalist for Princess Cruises. Website:

Liz Fisher (Directing)

Liz is an interdisciplinary theater artist based in Austin. Selected directing credits: We Are Proud to Present, Constellations (Street Corner Arts); The Afterparty (Shrewd Productions); Deus Ex Machina (Whirligig Productions, Fusebox Festival, Shrewd); Please Don’t Feed The Trolls (Whirligig); Vodka, Fucking, and Television (Breaking String Theater). University directing credits: Hamlet, Lyon’s Den, Belleville, The Countdown, Akashic Permutations, The Demolition Downtown, and Tennessee Waltz (Texas State);Tartuffe (Southwestern University). She received the 2018 Princess Grace Award, the SDC National Directing Award (Kennedy Center) and a fellowship to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She has presented at numerous conferences on blending technology and theater, including SXSW Interactive. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Whirligig and Senior Program Coordinator for Shakespeare at Winedale.

Holly Nañes (Directing)

Holly is a multidisciplinary LatinX artist from South Texas. She is currently an MFA Graduate candidate of Directing at Texas State University, c/o ‘21. Some of her current work includes: “New Works Festival: Women at Work” at Texas State University where she directedIn a Dark Room, Lord Only Knows, Holes in Human Flesh, and Labels. With Teatro Audaz, she directed Avalanche for the “Teatro Mundial Play Festival” and Chimichangas and Zoloft earlier that year. She is a co-founder of FIRE Collaborative a collective of multi-disciplinary performance artists who produce new and original work on a working-class schedule and budget. She is a member of Jump-Start Performance Company where she has performed, written for, and directed on numerous occasions. Her most recent directorial work at Jump-start includes, Gen and Mabel and Lamentations from the Ice Box (They call this a blanket!?) original work written/directed and performed by Sophia the Clown (AKA Holly Nañes). Some of her future work can be seen in the 2019-2020 season at Texas State University where she will be Directing Lydia by Octavio Solis and Blu by Virginia Grise.

Allison Price (Directing)

Allison is a second-year MFA directing candidate. She is an excavator of the human heart; focusing on works that are contemporary, intimate, and emotionally violent with a specialization in new work development and performance elevating the female voice. She has been awarded the Kennedy Center SDC Directing Fellowship, the WildWind New Play Development Residency, and the Stage Directors and Choreographer's National Directing Award (Kennedy Center). Her recent credits include Gruesome Playground Injuries, How I Learned to Drive, and What We Scream Underwater When No One Can Hear Us.

Alex Rodriguez (Directing)

Alex is a Cuban-American Actor, Director, and Choreographer who primarily works in musical theater and commercial entertainment. Previous directing credits at TXST include: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Imagine That, Touch Me I’m Bronze, and Stone Pebble Girls. Select directing and choreography credits outside of TXST include: RENT, The Last Five Years, Five Guys Named Moe, Jerry’s Girls, Reefer Madness, Grease, Spunk, and Passing Strange. Performance credits include: Carnival Cruise Line, Flat Rock Playhouse, The Alhambra, and The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Alex has worked as a Casting and Booking Assistant and Seasonal Singer Supervisor for Carnival Cruise Line and served as the Education and Outreach Director at Players by The Sea. SDC (Associate)

Aaron Sparks (Directing)

Aaron is a first-year directing candidate who holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He will direct The Harvest and Men on Boats as part of the Texas State 2019/2020 theatre season. NYC directing credits include Jean Genet's Deathwatch (New York International Fringe Festival), Disorder (United Solo Festival), The Jazz Age (Dialectix Group) and David Rabe's The Orphan (The Tank). Regional credits include Blood Clots (Coconut Grove Playhouse) and the upcoming My Name is Asher Lev (The New Jewish Theatre). Aaron's work as an actor includes A Soldier's Play (NEC, Audelco Award - Best Revival), Eve and Her Neighbors, Good Good Trouble..., and Exodus (all FringeNYC), and Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver! (The MUNY).

Bruce Turk (Directing)

Bruce is a third-year MFA directing candidate. TXST Directing: Instructions For Dancing, A Doll’s House, Slough. KC-ACTF SDI National Finalist. Other Directing: North Coast Rep, Cal State Long Beach. Acting: Broadway- The Green Bird and Juan Darien, (both Julie Taymor, dir.). Off-Broadway-Titus Andronicus, King John, and Pericles (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Seven seasons at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego (Craig Noel Award). Resident Artist at Hartford Stage (Connecticut Circle Award Nom. for Malvolio). Resident Member of Tadashi Suzuki’s Acting Company Mito, Japan. TCG/Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. Seasons and productions at the Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Portland Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, and many more. Education: Northwestern University, École Philippe Gaulier.