R. Jones, Director of Theatre
Jones, a native of Wharton, TX, graduated from Prairie View
A&M University with a B.A. in theatre, minor in English and a
Masters in Educational Administration. She served as Carver Magnet High School’s teacher of the year in 2009 & 2014. In 2014, Ms. Jones was a finalist for Aldine
ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. As the director of the Panther
Players Troupe #6753, she has directed over 50 productions. Under her
leadership, the troupe has been very successful on the State and
National Level at the UIL One Act Play competition, Tommy Tune Awards,
Texas Thespian Festival and International Thespian Festival. Ms. Jones currently serves as the Playworks/Musicalworks Chair and Student Leadership facilitator for Texas Thespians. In
addition, she was the director of the Litefooter youth program at the
Plaza Theatre for eleven years where she was part of the Board of
Directors for four. She was honored with a Proclamation from the
City of Wharton for the work she does in the community.
During her limited free time, she's a teaching artist for TUTS
Humphrey School of Musical Theatre and works as an actor/director in the
South Texas Area Theatre scene. Some of her directorial credits include Lady Day @ Emerson's Bar & Grill (Bayou Theatre Company), Working (TUTS HSMT), Bring it On (TUTS HSMT), Soundtrack to Black History (PVAMU), Trial of Alice (AFA Girls Chorus), Hairspray, Ghost, Memphis, In the Heights, Color Purple, Young, Gifted & Black, Porgy, Sweet Charity, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Wiz, Ruined, Aida, Dreamgirls , Aladdin Jr.,High School Musical and Fiddler on the Roof. She
would like to thank her supportive parents (Errol & Rose Mary) and her mentor in drama C.
Lee Turner for their love and support.
J. Collins, Technical Director
Jabari Collins is currently serving his 6th year as technical director for G. W. Carver High Magnet. In 2015, he was awarded the coveted title of Carver High School’s Teacher of the Year & district secondary teacher of the year finalist. Jabari is the proud parent of Cameron Lee Collins and a veteran of the United States Army where he served for nine months in Balaad, Iraq. Jabari received his bachelors of art degree from Prairie View A&M University working closely under the tutelage of the legendary Professor C. Lee. Turner and met an amazing young lady by the name of Roshunda Jones. Jabari believes strongly in the benefit of theatre in the education of the youth. During his limited free time, you can catch Mr. Collins working as an actor/technician in the Houston area theatre scene, often working with Banks Brothers Productions. He often works for IATSE Local 51, He is the technical director for the Bayou Theatre Company which premiered the hit musical Passing Strange. He is also a Board member and technical director for "Fade to Black," the first playwright festival for African American playwrights in Houston. His directorial & choreographic credits include Ghost, Hairspray, Memphis, In the Heights, Color Purple, Little Shop of Horrors, Porgy, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,The Me Nobody Knows, Thoughts of a Colored Man, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Face of Emmett Till, & To Be Young Gifted & Black. He also serves as House manager for Texas Thespian Festival. Recently he performed in the Ensemble Theatre's August Wilson ten play reading series in the the production of Two Trains Running as the character Wolf and played Walter Lee Younger for the Ensemble Theatre’s 40th year gala.