About Our TeamThe Hill Country Arts Foundation Family
David L. Howard
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 and Development
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.
Artistic Director, 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 (her dream job!) and enjoys guiding actors and directors in putting on wonderful shows.
Sarah met her husband, Marcelo, on a blind date to Jamaica. Together, they have 3 rescue cats and 2 rescue dogs. They make soap and cheese, raise chickens, and anything else that strikes them to try. Marcelo is a nurse and participates in Scottish Games and Sarah likes to watch him throw heavy things in a kilt.
Director of Theatre Education
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.
Originally from Clear Lake, Jeff was active in Speech and Drama from an early age and fell in love with production design in high school. After four years in San Marcos and two summers in Ingram, he went to Philadelphia’s Temple Theatre to get a Master’s Degree in Scenic Design.
While in Philadelphia, he worked as a free-lance designer and painter as well a stage hand. He became the resident designer for the Opera Theatre of Philadelphia and the Charge Painter for the celebrated Upper Darby Summer Stage.
Upon returning to Texas, Jeff worked as a stagehand at Bass Concert Hall on the local prop crew for National Tours like Ragtime, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, and Riverdance. He became the Charge Painter at the Austin Lyric Opera, again working as a free-lance designer and painter for The Zach Scott, Pollyanna, Penfold, and Blue Theatre Companies.
In 2003, Jeff and his wife Heather moved to Kerrville to work with Playhouse 2000 and the newly opened Cailloux Theater. He began teaching theatre courses at Schreiner University. He helped found the Kerrville Theatre Academy at Playhouse 2000 and the Flag Is Up Productions at Schreiner.
In 2014 Jeff accepted the position of Interim Executive Director at HCAF and proudly helped build the current staff structure before taking on the job of Director of Theatre Education. His two favorite jobs are designing sets for the Point Theatre and teaching theatre to students of all ages. He continues to work at Schreiner University, helping his college students access the community’s rich theatre opportunities.
He and Heather have two daughters, Beth and Lucy. The entire family is active in the arts. In his spare time, Jeff volunteers at the Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge. He enjoys writing, watching movies, and raising rabbits.
Technical Director, Theatre
Luke has been involved with the Point Theatre since the summer of 1998. As a student in Tivy High School’s One Act Play program, Luke was introduced to the Point by fellow students who were active HCAF volunteers. After volunteering to be backstage crew for The Lion in Winter, Luke applied for and was accepted to the HCAF summer internship program. Luke’s first onstage role was as a chorus member in Annie Get Your Gun. Luke continued his internship for the summers of 1999 and 2000, in the process gaining experience in set construction, lighting, sound, and stagecraft. Upon graduating from Tivy, Luke attended Abilene Christian University, where he studied opera performance and production, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. After college, Luke returned to Kerrville and was immediately drawn back to the Point Theatre summer internship program. In the summers of 2009, 10, and 11, Luke worked as scene shop foreman and intern instructor, teaching a new generation of college students about technical theatre. After the 2011 summer season, Luke again left the Hill Country to pursue other interests, but always felt pulled back to his hometown and his love of community theatre. Luke returned to Kerrville in the spring of 2015, and, of course, stopped by to visit his old friends at the Point. During this visit, Luke learned that the Point was in need of a technical director. After completing the 2015 season on a contract basis, Luke officially 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). In his spare time (HA!), Luke enjoys coffee, crossword puzzles, and hanging out with his dogs.
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.
Workshop & Education Coordinator- Visual Arts
Visual Arts and Theatre Assistant
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!. The first show she ever saw was Suessical the Musical and ever since then she has always loved the idea of creating theater for child audiences and special needs audiences. 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, which will have its premier show in April, the Velveteen Rabbit.