Resident Artists


Christy Watkins


Christy is thrilled to be a part of the resident company at A.D. Players. Some of her favorite acting roles include The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan); The Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan); The Little Foxes (Regina); Steel Magnolias (Truvy) and The First Church of Texaco (Alice). Christy has also had the pleasure of directing Over the River and Through the Woods; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Beams are Creaking; Freud’s Last Session; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and Where the Red Fern Grows. Christy was awarded Best Actress for her role as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker in 2015.

Chip Simmons


Chip joined A.D. Players  in 1997. His stage credits include: The Winslow Boy; The Curious Savage; The Importance of Being Earnest; Ring Round the Moon; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Angel Street; Anastasia; God’s Favorite; Shadowlands; Sanders Family Christmas; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; A Christmas Carol; and Freud’s Last Session; among others.Chip is also a produced playwright with adaptations of James and The Giant Peach; Adventures in Odyssey; and A Cardboard Christmas.

Kevin Dean


Kevin is proud to be celebrating his 19th season with the A.D. Players where he lends his talents as an actor and director. Recent appearances include Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd); You Can't Take It With You (Ed); Smoke on the Mountain (Pastor Oglethorpe); Twelve Angry Men (Juror #8); The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay); Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster); The Beams are Creaking (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack Worthing). He directed To Kill a Mockingbird, the inaugural production at the Jeannette & L.M. George Theater. Directing credits include Barefoot in the Park, The Jungle Book and The Hobbit among many more. Fun fact: Mr. Dean has co-written two Lifetime movies, A Woman Betrayed and The Preacher's Sin.

Jennifer Dean 


Jennifer is honored to be a part of the resident company at A.D. Players. She currently works full time as the Marketing Director at A.D. Players and has worked in Houston Theater since she graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in Theater Performance in 2000. She has appeared onstage at A.D. Players in Pride and Prejudice, Anastasia, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Shadowlands, Charley's Aunt and more; at 4th Wall in Reckless; at Classical Theater in Miss Julie; at Main Street Theater in Enemies, Silent Sky, Coast of Utopia, I Am Barbie and Driftwood; and Stages Repertory Theater in Dollhouse. Directing credits include: The God Game, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare In Vegas and co-director of Lobby Hero at Stark Naked/4th Wall; 12 Angry Men, Leaving Iowa, Charley's Aunt, and The First Church of Texaco, at A.D. Players.

Hannah Smith

Stage Manager

Hannah comes to A.D. Players from Missouri, but eats queso like a true Texan. Favorites from her pre-Texas life include Words, Words, Words; Squids Will Be Squids; and Hello, Dolly! with the Kansas City Starlight. In her decade plus with the Players, she has stage managed a wide variety of productions for the Mainstage, Children’s Theater, and Touring Unit. Favorite productions include the Hero Squad trilogy, Balloonacy, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (multiple times), Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Charley’s Aunt, The Diary of Anne Frank, The 39 Steps, 12 Angry Men, and Smoke on the Mountain (2016). She was fortunate enough to stage manage O Little Town of Bagels, Tea Cakes, and Hamburger Buns, the closing performance at the former home of A.D. Players, the Grace Mainstage and then the opening production at The George of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ric Hodgin


In his three decades of seasons at A.D. Players, Ric has entertained audiences in memorable roles, including his award-winning portrayals of Joyful Noise (King George II); The Crucible (John Proctor); and The Diary of Anne Frank. Other credits include The Elephant Man (Dr. Treves); The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Adam); 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 and the award-winning Best Show of 2002-2003, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and being the Director of Operations for A.D. Players.

Jake Speck


Jake Speck joined A.D. Players as Executive Director in August of 2017, assuming leadership of the Houston company founded by Jeannette Clift George in 1967. Founding President & Managing Director of Nashville’s Studio Tenn Theatre Company from 2010 – 2017, Jake led Studio Tenn from infancy to one of the most celebrated and well attended theatre companies in the southeast. A Dallas native with Tennessee roots, Jake has seen great success as a producer and arts administrator and has an impressive performing resume, including a two-year run in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys and roles in regional productions of Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Forever Plaid, The Melville Boys and many more. His television credits include featured performances on the Emmy and Tony Awards, a recurring role in the ABC series Nashville and the Netflix series Master of None opposite Aziz Ansari. Jake has also appeared in multiple films and performed a private concert for the President and First Lady at the White House. At Studio Tenn he starred in productions of Les Miserables, Twelve Angry Men and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Jake trained professionally at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. He and his wife Emily are the parents of three young sons, Nash, Noah and Leo. “It’s an honor to join an organization with such a rich and storied history,” says Speck, “and to lead A.D. Players into its next phase of excellence in Houston’s rich and diverse arts community.”

Michael Mullins

Set Designer/Sound Designer

Previously, Michael worked for Stages Repertory Theatre as Technical Director and with the Houston Grand Opera as an Assistant Technical Director/Technical Director of HGOco. Michael had also held the positions of Production Manager, Technical Director, and Lighting/Audio Supervisor while at Stages Repertory Theatre. Michael worked for the Ohio Light Opera for five festival seasons as a carpenter, shop foreman, and later as the technical director, sound designer, video/recording engineer. Michael’s multi-disciplined career was achieved by studying at Lorain County Community College, Conservatoire National de Region de Rouen, Michigan State University and technical apprenticeships. Michael has designed scenery, sound, video, and lighting for many Houston theaters including Stages Repertory Theatre, Unity Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella, 4th Wall Theatre Company, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Sam Houston State University, Shepherd School Opera at Rice University, HGOco and A.D. Players.

shelby marie blocker

Properties Master

Shelby Marie Blocker is delighted to be working with A.D. Players as the Props Master on their 2018/19 season. Since graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of Houston, she has been working in the Houston theatrical community as a performer, props master, scenic designer, scenic painter, and theatrical educator. She is the head scenic painter for Professional Services and has designed and painted sets as an independent contractor for a number of theater companies, including Mildred’s Umbrella, Classical Theatre, A.D. Players, Catastrophic Theatre, Main Street Theater, Opera in the Heights, Landing Theater, Queensbury Theatre, Dirt Dogs Theatre Co., and 4th Wall.  She worked with Main Street Theater for several years as a performance and stagecraft teacher and is currently working with Hope Stone’s theater outreach program. As a performer, Shelby has had the pleasure of working with Main Street Theater, Mildred’s Umbrella, Landing Theatre, and Obsidian, in addition to regularly recording her voice with Sentai Filmworks. 

Craig Griffin


Craig started his professional career in Lafayette, LA, as part of the Abbey Players Theater and joined A.D. Players in 2009. He has appeared on the A.D. Players stage in Arsenic and Old Lace (Rev. Harper/Officer Rooney); Emma (Mr. Knightly); Pride and Prejudice (Col. Fitzwilliam); and Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming and Sanders Family Christmas (Uncle Stanley), as well as in multiple shows in the Children’s Theatre. Other roles include The Odd Couple (Oscar); Pump Boys and Dinettes: the Musical (Jackson); Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical (Simon Stride); Our Town (George) and Harvey (Dr. Sanderson).

Patty Tuel Bailey


Patty is in her 43rd season with A.D. Players. Some of her favorite shows include: Arsenic and Old Lace (Aunt Abby), Barefoot In The Park (Ethel Thayer), Harvey (Vita Louise Simmons), Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Frank), O Little Town Of Bagels, Teacakes and Hamburger Buns (Rhonda Bartlett), Over the River and Through The Woods (Aida), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Lucy & White Witch), Steel Magnolias (Clairee), Leaving Iowa (Mom), To Kill A Mockingbird (Miss Stephanie), John, His Story (All female roles), including Off Braodway and on location in Israel, and countless touring shows written by Jeannette Clift George. Each time Pattu takes the A.D. Players Stage she is thankful for her benefactor, director, Bible teacher, mentor and friend, Jeannette Clift George who gave her and so many other Believer Artists a home and an opportunity to use their gifts.

Danielle Hodgins

Costume Designer/Set Designer

Danielle is thrilled to be working with A.D. Players in their fabulous new theater space. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University with a focus on Horticultural Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Scenic and Costume Design. Danielle has designed many whimsical sets for regional and community productions including Fuddy Meers, A New Brain, and Cabaret. Her costume design credits include The Lower Depths, Merrily We Roll Along, Chicago, A Chorus Line, HONK, After Juliet, The Rimers of Eldritch, and several independent dance and puppetry productions. Danielle just finished a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Art with focus on Costume Construction and Mural Painting.


Teaching Artist

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,  been Director of the Theater Arts Academy, and been involved as director and assistant director for several productions. A few of his A.D. Players credits include Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming, Where the Red Fern Grows, Shadowlands, Joyful Noise, Mousetrap, and Peter and the Wolf.