The Classic Theatre creates excellent theatre that is relevant, diverse, entertaining and transformative.
We seek to achieve our mission by creating connections and conversations through compelling classic works.
Kelly Hilliard Roush: Executive Director
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Kelly Hilliard Roush is in her second season as Executive Director of The Classic Theatre. Roush has worked regionally as a professional artist, educator and administrator for over twenty-five years. She has worked in both corporate and non-profit management, serving as Production Coordinator for Fox Sports Net, Lead Agency Director of First Congregational Community Services (FCCS), and as a producer at Cold Comfort Summer Theatre.
As an actor, she has worked in numerous theatres regionally. Some of her favorite roles include Arkadina in The Seagull, Catherine in Proof, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Anne Bronte in The Bronte Project and Masha in The Seagull. Plays directed include Lucky Woman, These Shining Lives, Trojan Women, Lend Me A Tenor, and The Clean House.
In addition to performing and directing, she has worked as a producer, writer, collaborator and educator. Most recently, she served as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Aurora University. Roush is an Equity actress who earned her M.F.A. in Professional Actor Training from Louisiana State University.
Allan Ross: Co-Artistic Director
The former Director of Theatre at San Antonio College now holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Theatre. He has forty years of teaching experience at the college level. He has a BA degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and post-graduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
He was a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Summer Repertory Company, a resident director of the Plaza Dinner Theatre and La Hacienda Dinner Theatre in San Antonio. He was the director of the Children’s opera series for the San Antonio Symphony. As well as directing for San Antonio College he has been a guest directed at The Playhouse, Fort Sam Houston Playhouse, The Cellar Theatre, Off-Stage Inc., Music Theatre Inc. The Sheldon Vexler Theatre and the University of the Incarnate Word.
He has been honored for his work in education and theatre by being Named Educator of the Year for Community Colleges and has been given The Jasmina Wellingholf Award for special contributions to theatre in San Antonio and the Founders Award for contributions to theatre in Texas. He has also been designated as a San Antonio Theatre Living Legend.
Diane Malone: Co-Artistic Director
The former Artistic Director of San Antonio’s Church Theatre, she has also served as director and/or designer for theatres in Germany, Louisiana, Indiana and Washington, DC. She was founding Artistic Director of Broad Ripple Theatre Centre in Indianapolis Phoenix Theatre) and WordStage in Arlington, VA, and Artistic Director of Theatre-on-the-Hill in Maryland, the Baton Rouge Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the American Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany.
She received a Master’s Degree in Theatre, with Directing emphasis, from Arizona State University, and did post-graduate work in Theatre at Texas Tech and Indiana University. She has taught speech and theatre at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis; Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC; and locally at the University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. www.diane-malone.com
Grace Kanayan was born in Birmingham, Alabama, though she spent most of her formative years moving and traveling with her family both nationally and internationally, following her father and his career as an Episcopal Priest. Grace received her BS from Frostburg University with a double major in Communications and Spanish. Immediately after college, she joined Americorps, which brought her to San Antonio.
After receiving the National fundraising award in 2006 from former President Bill Clinton, she received her MBA from Lamar University, focusing on non-profit work. Grace comes to Classic with extensive development knowledge, having worked locally for UTSA, The Center for Healthcare Services Foundation, The Ecumenical Center, and Christian Assistance Ministry. She has worked diligently building a network throughout San Antonio and is actively involved with LOOP, The Non-Profit Council, American Fundraising Professionals of San Antonio, the Texas Young Professionals, and her church Christ Episcopal.
Her excitement for Classic is contagious, and she looks forward to meeting with any and every San Antonian who has a love for the Arts. Feel free to contact her at any time!
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Kacey Roye: Education Director
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Kacey is a Southern California native, performing and teaching for over ten years. After college, she relocated to Portland, OR, where she continued to work as an actor in theatre, TV and film. She has worked at The Music Room School of Performing Arts in California as a teacher and choreographer for the Show Biz Kids. At The Magik Theatre, she has served as the Education Programs Manager, and as a company member. Her recent San Antonio credits include The Tempest, Crime and Punishment, Venus in Fur, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of her favorite credits on the West Coast are Little Shop of Horrors, A Flea in her Ear, Cabaret, Our Country’s Good, Dog Sees God, and The Shape of Things. Kacey is a Wolf Trap teaching artist, SAG-AFTRA member, and a graduate of Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, receiving her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.
Box Office Manager: Florence Bunten
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Flo has had a career as a theatre professional, having managed a dinner theatre for the US Army for almost 34 years. After retiring from civil service, she came to work for Classic Theatre in fall of 2010.
She is a board member of Alamo Theatre Arts Council and the Scottish Society of San Antonio. For fun she enjoys singing and playing Celtic music with the band RTFM. “Dinner theatre was fun, but it’s refreshing to work for a theatre that does Shakespeare and other classic shows.”
Work With Us:
Auditions for Bless Me, Ultima TBD.
Our Board of Trustees:
- Bart Roush, President
- Tony Cantafio, Vice President
- Emily Boehm, Treasurer
- Christi Eanes, Secretary
- Armando Barrera
- José Rubén De León
- Rick Malone
- Joe De Mott
- Dr. Randall Nadeau
- Allan S. Ross
- Randy Stier
- Alan Utley
Can San Antonio Finally Join the Big Boys of Theatre?:
“Money will follow mission,” she (Kelly Roush) said. “If we are doing our mission, and it is the time (to transition to Equity) — which we believe it is — then the other things will follow. We feel that we’ve taken a sizable leap this year, so in the next two years … once it starts, there really is the ability for it to explode.”
Source: Express News- December 3, 2016
The Best San Antonio Theatre Productions of 2016:
Source: Express News- December 21, 2016
Classic Theatre Branches Out with Annex:
The 1,950-square-foot annex isn’t exclusively a storage facility. There’s an office, and a small room beneath the costume loft has been turned into a shop where Rick Clyde, who is technical director for the current season, can build set pieces and other items.
Source: Express News- January 18, 2017
San Antonio’s Essential Theatre Companies & Performing Arts Venues:
Do you like your plays to stick to the dramatic canon? If so, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio’s productions of popular classics and forgotten masterpieces is the space where you can let your theater geek flag fly. Performances typically include a complimentary champagne reception on opening night and a “Community Talk Back” near the end of the run. The company’s ninth season wraps up with productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (February 17-March 12) and William Inge’s Bus Stop (May 5-28). 1924 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org.
The Classic Theater of San Antonio was founded in 2008 in order to build a professional theatre that inspires passionate involvement in a shared theatrical experience and to create a source of pride for our community.
The Classic Theatre of San Antonio Founders:
- Chris Cheever
- Asia Ciaravino
- Tony Ciaravino
- Diane Malone
- Rick Malone
- Allan S. Ross
- Terri Peña Ross