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MFA Director Accomplishments

Current Candidates:

Liz Fisher just received the Princess Grace Award, honoring eight theatre practitioners across the US in some of this country’s most prestigious professional theatres and graduate programs.

Isaac Byrne directed AMP by Jody Christopherson for Goode Productions NYC and RUSALKA by Erika Phoebus for the 10th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC

Tom Delbello was assistant director for Sunday in the Park with George at Zach Theatre, Austin.

Allison Price recently selected to serve as an Opera Directing Apprentice with Opera Orvieto in Italy. She was part of a new play development lab, WildWInd, in which she assistant directed 6 projects. She was also invited to be part of the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive, where she was assistant director for a new play and took workshops with the National Play Directing Fellows. 

Alex Rodriguez just finished a 3 ½ month contract as a Playlist Singer/Dancer for Carnival Cruise Line Entertainment performing Flick: The Power of Motion Pictures and America Rocks.


Daniel Anderson was named Assistant Professor of Theatre, teaching directing and acting at San Angelo State University.

Amelia Bahr is Assistant Production Manager   for Brigham Young University-Idaho Falls.   Recent credits include producing Man of La Mancha and You Can’t Take It With You.

Rocky Hopson directed Buried Child at Inplayers, The Cowgirl Mary West Puppet Theatre Show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Pillowman for the Orange Theatre Company in Amsterdam, and is artistic director of Hat Tree Theatrical in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Jimmy Moore directed Zilker Hillside Theatre’s All Shook Up for their 60th anniversary season. The Austin Chronicle called his work “playful . . . the result being an ensemble of lively, good-humored performers”.

David Weynand accepted a faculty position with Northern Arizona University.

Carly Conklin accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor in Directing at Oklahoma State University

Melissa Utley directed The Little Foxes at the Classic Theatre in San Antonio.

James Brownlee is an Instructor of Theatre at Weatherford College.

Jimmy Moore was appointed Artistic Director of the Zilker Theatre in Austin, TX.

Laura Garza is Artistic Director of Teatro Audaz in San Antonio, TX.


Isaac Byrne 

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 

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.

Liz Fisher 

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.

Bruce Turk 

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.