Ryan Heitzman (Encore Director)
Ryan Thomas Heitzman, Director at Hebron High School in Lewisville ISD. MA University of Houston in Theatre Education, BA in Theatre with Acting and Directing Emphasis, 2009-2012 Artistic Director of The National Repertory Theatre, 2003-2006 Artistic Director of Audacity Theatre Company, 2003 Associate Artistic Director of the Thirsty Theatre in Chicago. UIL OAP State meet with Deer Park High School in 2016, 2014.
Mr. Heitzman teaches the Encore acting class, Tech 1 and Theatre 1.
Cory Broom (Bravo Director)
Cory Broom is beginning his seventh year in education and his first here at Hebron High School. He holds a BFA in Theatre Education from Texas State University and a Master’s in Education from Lamar University.
Prior to joining the team at HHS, Mr. Broom served as the Head Theatre Director at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in Orange, TX. While there, his UIL One Act Plays were consistent winners with multiple students winning “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” honors as well as his Technical Crews claiming the title of “Best Crew”. His students posted District Championships in five of his six years and placed 4th at the 4A State One Act Play Finals in 2015 with Larry Coen and David Crane’s “Epic Proportions”. Broom’s students were named Alternate to State in 2016 with Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”. He also has a 2010 4A State OAP appearance with Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, TX. Some of his favorite productions at LCM include classics such as Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, Moliere’s “Tartuffe” and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. Newer productions that were also memorable for Broom include Eric Coble’s “For Better” and the Texas Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway”. He also coached UIL Prose and Poetry where his students advanced to the Regional Contest 20 times in six years, with four State Finalists and three State Alternates. His UIL Film Design students advanced to the 4A State Semi-Finals in 2014 and reached the 4A D1 State Finals in the Narrative Category in 2015 and 2016. Cory is also an advocate of Texas Thespians. Many of his students have been National Qualifiers at the Annual Texas State Thespian Festival and also been recipients of collegiate scholarships.
Broom has received many awards for his work in public education including: Southeast Texas Fine Arts Educator of the Year for 2014, LCM High School Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015, and Education First Teacher of the Month in Southeast Texas for August 2015.
Liz Shurr (Technical Director)
Andrea Throop (Costume Director)
Andrea Throop is delighted to begin her sixth year as a theatre teacher and as the costume director at the Hebron Main Campus. As an alumna of Texas Christian University’s theatre program, she holds a B.F.A. in Theatrical Design – Emphasis: Costuming. She is also a graduate of Collin College’s theatre department where she primarily studied technical theatre (costuming) and stage management. She is proud to have had the opportunity to design and/or construct costumes for productions such as Bat Boy: The Musical, Eleemosynary, Light up the Sky, and Les Misérables.
In her debut season as HHS’ Costume Director, she designed and constructed beautiful costumes for many of the shows, including the One-Act Play Production of Medea which featured a Geisha-style influence, and the Steampunk version of Sweeney Todd performed for this last year’s Dallas Summer Musical High School Theatre Award Contest. She has designed and built many of the fantastic costumes that you see on stage at Hebron – including the DSM Award-Nominated Costume Design for Sweeney Todd! She serves as the Hebron ITS Director, and has judged several technical I.E.s and acting I.E.s at Texas State Thespian Festivals. At the 2013 Texas State Thespian Festival, she will serve as the Co-Coordinator of the Technical Individual Events. She would like to acknowledge her family and friends for their endless support and encouragement; she would also like to thank Hebron High School and LISD for the opportunity to encourage students to better themselves and the community through the arts.