Meet Our TeamThe Hill Country Arts Foundation Family
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 his present position of 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.
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.
Director of Theatre
Born and mostly raised in Colorado, Sarah got to Texas as quickly as she could. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in directing. The day after graduating, 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 Point. The first show she ever directed here was I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! She has stage managed, directed, acted in, done fight choreography and makeup design for so many shows, she has lost count. She has also had the pleasure of directing and acting at other theatres in the area. In 2014, Sarah became the Artistic Director at the Point and Director of Theatre in 2017. Sarah lives with her husband in Kerrville.
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.
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.
Luke has been involved with the Point Theatre since the summer of 1998. After volunteering to be backstage crew for The Lion in Winter, he applied for and was accepted to the HCAF summer internship program, gaining experience in set construction, lighting, sound, and stagecraft. Luke attended Abilene Christian University, where he studied opera performance and production, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. After college, he returned to the Point Theatre summer internship program. In the summers of 2009, 10, and 11, he worked as scene shop foreman and intern instructor. After the 2011 summer season, Luke again left to pursue other interests and returned to Kerrville in the spring of 2015 and learned that the Point was in need of a technical director. He became a full time staff member in January of 2016. In addition to his work as technical director, Luke also enjoys performing from time to time. He has been in several Point productions over the years. His favorite three (so far) are Beauty and the Beast (2009), The Addams Family Musical (2015), and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2016).
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.
Visual Arts Workshop & Education Coordinator
Laurie graduated with a degree in fine arts at California State University Stanislaus. She moved to Austin and soon after she got her Texas Teaching Certification at Texas State using it to teach elementary art in the public school system in Buda. Four years ago she fell in love with the Texas Hill Country (mostly the Guadalupe) and was directed to Hill Country Arts Foundation by the visitor center. Wanting to be apart of the art community at HCAF she moved here, opened a gallery on the Old Ingram Loop and started a kids art club. She is thrilled to be the Art Education and Workshop Coordinator for the Hill Country Arts Foundation since 2015 and teaches art workshops from time to time.
Webmaster/Visual Arts & Theatre Assistant
Shelby grew up in the Hill Country, and spent many a summer evening 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, and currently manages the social media accounts, and website for the foundation. She also occasionally works the ticket sales in the box office.
Theatre Intern/Director of Spare Oom Children’s Theatre
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.