Meet Our Team

The Hill Country Arts Foundation Family
Sarah Derousseau

Sarah Derousseau

Executive Director

Born and mostly raised in Colorado, Sarah got to Texas as quickly as she could. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in directing and from Schreiner University with an MBA.  The day after graduating with her theatre degree, she moved to Texas and got an internship at the Point Theatre her first day here.  Since that first day, she has been in love with the Hill Country Arts Foundation.  In 2014, Sarah became the  Director of Theatre and is now the Executive Director.  Sarah lives with her husband in Kerrville.

Rosanne Thrall

Rosanne Thrall

Director of Visual Arts & Devleopment

Rosanne Thrall has worked in the arts her entire career. “After college, I began my career in the arts at Texas Art Supply in Houston, Texas. I was surrounded by all things art and I loved it!” Rosanne’s fine art education was put to good use while running a custom tile design business for over 25 years. She traveled to art shows throughout the U.S., and her work is in collections across the U.S. and Europe.“When I began working at HCAF, I was inspired by the setting and the wonderful people I met.  Many artists from the area have shown at the gallery at HCAF and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.” Rosanne has been the director of visual arts since 2013. She also acts as director of development for HCAF.

Wanda Cash

Wanda Cash

Event Director

Wanda Garner Cash retired last summer as professor and associate director of the University of Texas School of Journalism and returned to the family homestead between Ingram and Hunt. Cash, who has deep roots in Kerr County, co-owned The Ingram News with her husband and was editor of the Kerrville Daily Times before departing for a newspaper career in various Texas cities. In the Hill Country, she previously served as president of both the Hill Country Arts Foundation and the Texas Arts and Crafts Fair. She also was a founding board member of the Kerrville Performing Arts Society and the advisory board of the Kerrville Folk Festival. A past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Texas Press Association and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Cash has devoted her career to mentoring young journalists and advocating for open government and public access. In 2012, she was inducted into the Texas Intercollegiate Press Hall of Fame.

Jeffery Hensel

Jeffery Hensel

Volunteer Coordinator

Jeffery came to the Hill Country in 2012 to study Theatre at Schreiner University. He almost immediately began auditioning for shows at The Point and would later become an HCAF summer intern. Since then, he has served as an actor, stage hand, painter, and costume crew member for several productions here. He has also spent much of his time as a volunteer on show nights and at special events such as the Celtic Festival. The Hill Country Arts Foundation has been his home for all these years and there is no place he’d rather be.

Kayla Castaneda

Kayla Castaneda

Technical Director

Kayla fell in love the Hill Country Arts Foundation while studying Theatre at Schreiner University. She quickly became the year round box office intern and a regular summer intern for three years. After graduating with her B.A. in Theatre from Schreiner in 2018, Kayla became the Point’s interim Technical Director. In 2019, Kayla left HCAF to pursue a theatre career in Austin, Texas. Kayla worked as a Stage Hand, Historical Props Artisan, Lighting Designer, Costumer, Makeup Artist, Stage Manager, and Assistant Director at the Austin Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre. Fate and good fortune have brought Kayla back home to HCAF, where she is so happy to reunite with her Hill Country friends and family.

 

Dan Kirkland

Dan Kirkland

Artistic Director

Dan Kirkland was born and raised in Kerrville, Texas. He worked in the box office at the Point Theatre in the early 90’s where he also worked on shows and performed.  He ran a successful theater group in the Dallas area in the late 90’s.  For the last 10 years he lived in Corpus Christi, TX where he owned and ran a successful antique mall.  Dan’s experience includes directing, acting, sound design, set design, costume design, choreography, special effects makeup, event planning and fund raising.  He has also taught acting classes, make-up classes, and served on several theater boards.

Dan recently moved back to the Hill Country and immediately returned to the Point Theater where he first found his love of theater.  He is thrilled to be back!

Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham

Theatre Associate

Jeff’s experience at HCAF began in 1995 as a college intern. He worked on the Point Stage for two summers while getting his undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Texas State University. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. As a professional set designer, painter, and stagehand, he has worked in Philadelphia, Austin and San Marcos. He has worked for all the local theatre’s here and currently teaches and directs at Schreiner University. As a Theatre Associate, he focuses primarily on education, scenery and public relations.

Shelby Ligon

Shelby Ligon

Visual Arts Workshop Coordinator

Shelby grew up in the Hill Country, and spent many summer evening’s at The Point Theatre either watching the productions or lending a hand backstage. “There has never been a time when HCAF wasn’t a part of my life. I am thankful that I am still involved with it, and am able use its resources to express myself creatively.” Shelby holds a BA in English from Schreiner University.