Engela as
                          Sam in The Red Princess Goes West
Doing theatre I love, 
With people I love, 
For people I love.

Engela Edwards

Engela as
                            Maggie in The Red Princess Goes West
EASY Theatre
Summary / Acting / Technical / Directing / Choreography / Other Skills
Summary Resume

Theatrical Training:
  University of Texas at Arlington - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts
  University of North Texas
  Mountain View College
Dance Training:
  University of Texas at Arlington
  Mountain View College
  Southern Methodist University

EASY Theatre
Since 1999

Founding Artistic / Executive Director of EASY Theatre (1999-2015)
Educational Director EASY Theatre (1999-2015)
Educational Director Bastrop Opera House (2006-2013) 

Produced 99 productions in 48 venues (including 31 world premières and 1 Texas première) with EASY Theatre from 1999-2015.

Directed or co-directed 89 plays, musicals, and variety shows for Easy Theatre of Austin and Bastrop Opera House.  Cast sizes has ranged from 2 to over 50.

Award winning playwright who has written and co-written 20 plays, musicals, and variety shows which have been produced.

Choreographed 39 productions for 5 companies.

Technical support for over 100 productions.  Designed and constructed sets, costumes, lighting, publicity, posters, programs for 6 companies, including touring productions. 

Taught theater and presented workshops at state conference; festivals, community theaters, community colleges, high schools, elementary schools, YWCA, YMCA, and The Boys & Girls Club. Students have ranged in age from 3 to 70.  Details below.

Texas Nonprofit Theatres Quad Chairman 2010-2012

Awards and Honors:

  • The Hawwaii State Theater Council's Po'okela Award for Excellence in Service 2015-16.
  • TNT Dynamite Award 2014 for inspirational and energetic contributions to Texas Nonprofit Theatres and service to young people in theatre in Texas.
  • Fruit of the Plume Playwriting Award 2012 for the play "In Texas It's a Yellow Rose" 
  • All Star Cast for role of Marilyn Casey in "Pruning the Family Tree"  AACT FEST 2011 Cailloux Theater, Kerrville, Texas.
  • Key Note Speaker for International Women’s Day 2007 Bastrop, Texas
  • All Star Cast for role of Amelia in "Tell Me about Amelia" AACT FEST 2001 Temple Civic Theatre, Temple, Texas.
  • National Honor Society
  • International Thespian Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society
Engela Edwards
Theatrical Projects
  • Winner of the Texas Nonprofit Theatres, Blooming Briefs: Fruit of the Plume Ten Minute Play Contest for In Texas It's a Yellow Rose.  Play presented at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres' conference at the Texas Civic Theatre Center in Tyler on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
  • Produced playwright:  Has written and co-writen 20 plays and musicals that were premiered by EASY Theatre and the Bastrop Opera House.
  • Special Projects:
  • 1999-2002, coordinator, co-director, and teacher for Austin Teen Acting Workshops for homeschoolers.
  • 2002 - 2005 instituted a internship program for college students, recent college graduates, and adults, to further their technical and touring theatre knowledge in a working situation.  Past interns are still involved in theater and film today. 
  • 2006 - 2013 broadened youth program and expanded from Travis county into Bastrop county and also began offering after-school classes. 
  • 2009 - 2011, created "Theatre for People with Lives," which brought parents, seniors, working adults, beginning and experienced actors together once a week to rehearse.  Then perform a full-length family musical.  They did four (4) shows performing multiple times in the theaters, plus local parades, and Halloween and Christmas performances.  The primary group continues to perform together using the once-a-week rehearsal schedule.
  • Currently the theatrical adviser for EASY Theatre of Austin.
  • EASY Theatre
      Theatre Classes:  Many locations for youth and adults
      • Acting and Performance Workshop
      • Auditioning Skills
      • Creative Movement
      • Improv
      • Musical Theatre
      • Play Production
      • Scene Study
      • Script Analysis
      • Stage Makeup
      • Stage Movement and Dance
      • Shakespeare

      Theatre Workshops, Demonstrations, and Presentations:

      • Texas Nonprofit Theatres annual conferences for adults various
      • Texas Nonprofit Theatres annual conferences for youth


      • Art Camp
        • Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas
      • Tablet Weaving
        • Cedar Valley College, Cedar Hill, Texas
        • Leeway Classes, Duncanville, Texas
        • Continuing Education Credits for Teachers, Duncanville, Texas
        • Dallas Hand Weavers' Guild, Dallas, Texas

      Flag Corps:

      • Sunset High School, Dallas, Texas
      • Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, Texas
      • North Dallas High School, Dallas, Texas
      • Taught baton twirling YWCA, Dallas, Texas
    Engela Edwards
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    In 2015 EASY Theatre's Executive Director, Engela Edwards, moved with her family to Captain Cook, Hawaii to create Kona True a Kona coffee farm and ag tourism business.  She has been a gift to our central Texas theatre community and will be dearly missed.

    Engela said, "We love it on the farm, but we miss you all, so come visit us on the Big Island.  Rachel, Bill and I will take you to the best snorkeling, and we'll share the best coffee."

    Texas friends can

    Update:  Engela lead the Aloha Teen Theatre from 2015-2018.  And directed two shows for the adult company at the Aloha Theatre on the Big Island. 
    She is currently a part-time teacher at Ho'okena Elementary school, and still doing what she can from afar for EASY Theatre.

    ©1999-2011 E. Edwards