Meet Our TeamThe Hill Country Arts Foundation Family
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.
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 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.
David has been associated with the Hill Country Arts Foundation since 1984. He has gone through the gambit of duties that included Actor, Director, Volunteer, Board Member, Board President and as Executive Director. David’s formal education in Science, Business and Administration includes undergraduate degrees and Masters degrees. David attended the University of Texas, Harvard University, Baylor University and UTSA. He has been in the Kerrville area since 1979. Before taking his present position at HCAF, he served as Assistant Administrator at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, Administrator at Guadalupe Physician’s Group, Broker at First Realty and Kerr County Realty, Regional Director of Clinical Pathology Laboratories and Clinical Administrator of Medical Arts Plaza Lab & X-Ray.
Lanza started her involvement at the Point Theater at the beginning of 2015 as a volunteer costumer for “For This Moment Alone,” she fell in love with the theater and immediately felt at home at the Point. Since that first production she continued to costume productions while volunteering to work behind the scenes on crews and as stage manager. She eventually stepped in front of the curtain in a chorus role in 2015’s “Addams Family Musical.” Her first speaking role was in 2016’s Foxfire. Later that year she became a part of HCAF’s full time staff as Volunteer Coordinator. Lanza’s professional background includes news writing, marketing, renaissance fair work, and non-profit management – a quirky mix of experience that makes her a delightful addition to the HCAF team.
Director of Theatre
Laura Jean Tomerlin fell in love with Performing Arts at the age of nine when she wanted to play Brutus in Julius Caesar. From that point forward, she knew theatrics were her calling despite loved ones advising against the profession her whole life. While obtaining her Associate of Arts in Theatre from San Antonio College, she visited London where she was able to learn from professionals in the West End as well as Shakespearean scholars in Stratford upon Avon. At twenty one years of age, she then moved to San Marcos, Texas where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Performance and Production with an emphasis in Directing. She is a jack of all trades in this business, and is so excited to be a part of the HCAF. She has worked to strengthen her experience for many years to one day become a Director of Theatre at a playhouse somewhere in Texas, and is grateful beyond words that God has lead her here!
Kayla Castaneda began volunteering at the Point in February of 2016, while on crew for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Since then she has stage managed multiple shows including Oklahoma!, Pump Boys and Dinettes and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Kayla’s first onstage role at the Point was Miranda from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Kayla has loved every aspect of theater all her life from acting to stage managing and now directing. Kayla first came to Kerrville in the fall of 2015 to attend Schreiner University as a Theater Major. She was encouraged to volunteer at the Point theater and fell in love! That summer she spent as a Point Theater Intern, building sets, painting, stage managing, teaching theater camp, and archiving the history of the Point. Through her endeavors in archiving, Kayla has discovered fascinating historical information about the Point that was previously lost. At the Point, Kayla is getting to realize her dreams of establishing a theater for children; Kayla is the creator and director of the Point’s new program, the Spare Oom Children’s theater.
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.
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.