Patty Tuel Bailey
, Marty Blair
, Justin Cook
, Sarah Cooksey
, Jeannette Clift George
, Craig Griffin
, Katharine Hatcher
, Linford Herschberger
, Ric Hodgin
, Braden Hunt
, Stephen Hurst
, Leslie Reese
, Chip Simmons
, Christy Watkins
, Blake Weir
Oklahoma Baptist University honored Patty in 2000 with the prestigious “Profiles in Excellence” Alumni award for her 25-year career with the A.D. Players. Holding the undisputed record for the most miles traveled in the Touring Company, Patty’s Grace Theater performances have garnered Best Supporting Actress Awards for The Diary of Anne Frank; Joyful Noise; and Angel Street. Favorites include: O Little Town of Bagels Teacakes and Hamburger Buns and Sister Calling My Name. Patty is featured in our Joshua video and John, His Story video, filmed live Off-Broadway. Patty reprised her John, His Story roles “on location” in Israel. The actress also has served as a Director of Touring and Children’s Productions and her handiwork is often seen in the costuming on our stages. Patty has a principal role in the award-winning feature film I Flunked Sunday School based on the book by her husband, Ken Bailey.
Marty is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University where he earned his BFA in Graphic Design. Since 2002, he has performed in numerous productions on all our stages including; JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH; ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN; CHARLOTTE"S WEB; PRIDE AND PREJUDICE; and AN INSPECTOR CALLS. Some of his favorite roles include: Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; Mr. Fleet (the Hare) in THE GREAT CROSS-COUNTRY RACE; Morris Townsend in THE HEIRESS; and Inspector Goole in AN INSPECTOR CALLS. Marty also works in our Marketing office where he designs brochures, posters, and serves as Webmaster. He loves spending time with his son, Jonah, his wife, Kristi, and his dog Tigger.
This Houston native graduated from Webster University Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis, MO with a B.F.A. in Acting. During his time at Webster he performed in a number of breakout roles in hit productions such as A New Brain The Musical, Bat Boy The Musical, and a contemporary version of the Molière classic Tartuffe, just to name a few. His most recent credits include his role as Lord High Underling/Ensemble in The Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Wiz. Justin would like to thank his parents, family, friends, & FCCI for all their love and support. Most importantly he thanks God for all the gifts, talents, and blessings He has bestowed upon him.
Originally from Oklahoma, Sarah received her BA in Drama/English at Friends University with a minor in Communication. Roles on the Grace Theater stage include Catherine in The Heiress; Dynamene in A Phoenix Too Frequent; and Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice. Roles at the Children’s Theater include her favorite, Bird, in Peter and the Wolf; The Hero Squad vs. The Princess Snatchers; and Miss Nelson is Missing! Sarah has also served as stage manager for such productions as Androcles and the Lion; The Trip to Bountiful; and Fools and served as Assistant Stage Manager at Music Theater of Wichita.
Mr. Dean is excited to be returning for yet another season with A. D. Players. Since 1999, patrons have enjoyed Kevin both at Grace Theater and the Rotunda Children’s Theater. Award-winning performances include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights’ Dream; Charley’s Aunt; and Smoke on the Mountain. Other favorite roles include Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest and Det. Sgt. Trotter in Mousetrap. Stage credits include God’s Favorite; Fools; Arcadia; Ring Round the Moon; Sanders Family Christmas; and Godspell among many others. In 2006, Kevin made his feature film debut in I Flunked Sunday School, where he starred as Lloyd Boyd, Personal Preacher. The film was based on the enormously popular book by former A. D. Player, Ken Bailey. When not at the theater, Kevin enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride, Jennifer, and their two dogs, Phoebe and Oscar.
Jeannette Clift George is the Founder and Artistic Director of the A. D. Players. Her extensive background in professional theater includes acting Off-Broadway, at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, and touring with the New York Shakespeare Company.
She was for many years a member of the Alley Theatre acting company and performed in many productions there including Dear Liar; Ring Around the Bathtub; Romeo and Juliet; The Rivals; and title roles in Colette; and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
On the Grace Theater stage, Mrs. George has played the title roles in Driving Miss Daisy; Lettice and Lovage; The Trip to Bountiful; The Curious Savage; Helene in 84 Charing Cross Road; Amanda in The Glass Menagerie; and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest as well as directed numerous A. D. Players’ productions.
Her film debut was in World Wide Pictures’ The Hiding Place as Corrie Ten Boom. For her role, Mrs. George was nominated for a Golden Globe Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a Golden Apple Award by the Hollywood Women’s Press Club, and as “Most Promising Newcomer” by the British Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jeannette is equally well known as author, playwright, Bible teacher, and national speaker. She is an associate member of the Dramatists’ Guild, and has authored many books and scripts which are available in the theater lobby or through her website www.jeannettecliftgeorge.com
. Her plays have been performed on Grace Theater stage as well as many other theaters across the country.
Craig started his professional career in Lafayette, LA. as part of the Abbey Players Theater and is now a full-time company member here. He has appeared on this stage in Pride and Prejudice and as Uncle Stanley in Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. Past roles include Oscar in The Odd Couple; Jackson in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes; Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde the Musical, George in Our Town; and Dr. Sanders in Harvey.
Katharine graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Stage credits at UST include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; Irene Livingston in Light up the Sky; and General Mathilda B. Cartwright in Guys and Dolls. Katharine joined the A. D. Players as an Intern in September of 2007. Stage credits at A. D. Players include Maria in The Heiress; Lindy in The Hero Squad vs. The Princess Snatchers; and Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. Katharine was privileged to understudy the role of June in the 2008 A. D. Players production of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. When not on stage, Katharine Props Mistress and teaches classes for the Theater Arts Academy.
Travis joined the A. D. Players in 2009. He recently earned his BFA from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Favorite credits include A Company of Wayward Saints; The Tempest; The Orestia; and The Pirates of Penzance. You may have seen him in the A. D. Players Children’s Theatre as Franklin in his understudy performance of Cold, Frankin Sense, and Brrr; or as The Iron Lung in The Hero Squad vs. the Princess Snatchers.
Before coming to the A. D. Players, Linford earned a BA in Elementary Education at Cedarville College in Ohio and taught sixth grade for four years in Iowa. In college, he played Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank and Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables. As a teacher, Linford directed Our Town and Cheaper by the Dozen, and later played the Stage Manager in Our Town. His favorite role with the A. D. Players has been The Magician in The Magician’s Nephew. Other A. D. Players credits include A Christmas of Many Parts; I Didn’t Know That; Charlotte’s Web; and 84 Charing Cross Road. Since coming to the A. D. Players in 1999, Linford has also created props, served as stage manager, produced television commercials and various video projects, and worked in the finance office.
In his three decades of seasons at Grace Theater, Ric has entertained audiences in memorable roles, including his award-winning portrayals of King George II in Joyful Noise; John Proctor in The Crucible; Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird; and The Diary of Anne Frank. Other credits include Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man; Adam in The Diaries of Adam and Eve; Galley Proof; Ret; Myrtle, A Melodrama; Sanders Family Christmas; Sister Calling My Name; Shadowlands; Lettice and Lovage; and God’s Favorite. He adds to those credits, the directing of several shows including The Cotton Patch Gospel; the award-winning Best Show of 02-03, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; and is the Managing Director for the A. D. Players.
Braden got his training from University of Houston, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and the Stephanie Bradow Voice Studio. Although his most famous workis in Japanese animation, his background and love is in musical theatre. Favorite roles include "Anansi the Spider" (Drummer), "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Snoopy), "Parade" (Hugh Dorsey), "Company" (Bobby), and The Dudley's: A Family Show (Vic). HE's also a certified theatre teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys composing music.
Stephen has been with the A. D. Players since 2000. He holds a MA in Theatre for Young Audiences and Youth from Oklahoma City University. Stephen has worked for the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno, CA as an Assistant Director and Choreographer, and as a performer at Paramount’s Great America. At the A. D. Players, Stephen has performed with the National Touring Unit, Children’s Theatre, and Mainstage productions. He has done extensive teaching, has been Director of the Theater Arts Academy, and has been involved as director and assistant director for several productions. A few of his A. D. Players credits include Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming; Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, Shadowlands, Joyful Noise; Mousetrap; and Peter and the Wolf.
Leslie Reese holds a B.F.A. in Music Theater from Elon University in North Carolina. She has performed at various theaters across the U.S. and at the Alley Theater here In Houston. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line; The Music Man; Joseph…Dreamcoat; Meet Me in St. Louis; A Christmas Carol; 42nd Street; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Steel Magnolias; Annie; Big River; Anything Goes; and Barnum. Her A. D. Players credits include Myrtle; O Little Town…; and The Little Foxes at Grace Theater and Laura Ingalls Wilder: Voice of the Prairie at the Children’s Theater. For Grandma! Phil 4:13
Chip joined A. D. Players in 1997. His stage credits include The Winslow Boy; The Curious Savage; The Importance of Being Earnest; Ret; Ring Round the Moon; Myrtle; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Angel Street; Anastasia; God’s Favorite; Shadowlands; and Sanders Family Christmas. Chip also enjoys tennis, basketball, and is an avid Astros fan.
Keely has been with the A. D. Players since 2003. Her first experience with the A. D. Players was at the age of ten as Lucy in Narnia. She graduated with a BFA in Theater at Stephen’s College in Columbia, MO. Since coming to the A. D. Players, Keely has taken on a variety of responsibilities such as acting, teaching, and working in the Box Office and the Finance department.
Christy is a long way from her hometown of Leonardo, New Jersey. Before joining A. D. Players, Christy was an actress with Southern Arena Theatre. She received her MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi after receiving her BA in Theatre Performance from Greensboro College. Some of her performance credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nora in A Doll’s House; Fiona in How the Other Half Loves; Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa; and Hepburn in A. D. Players’ O Little Town of Bagels, Teacakes, and Hamburger Buns.
Born and raised in the Houston area, Blake recently joined the A. D. Players as a company member after completing his internship. He received his B. F. A. in Acting/Directing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. He has performed continuously at the A. D. players since his arrival: Captain Smollet in "Treasure Island"; Airplane in "Velveteen Rabbit"; Prince in "Cinderella"; Bethge in "The Beams are Creaking"; Jack in "Charley's Aunt"; and Watson in "Sherlock Holmes." He is very excited to be working with A. D. Players. He looks forward to growing and learning with the company, as well as finding opportunities to bring more people to experience the world of theater.