Meet the Directors
Meet Mrs. Greene!
A Theatre Educator for 14 years, Mrs. Greene is passionate about creating life long learners and appreciators of the arts. She opened Braswell in 2016.
She believes theatre should be fun and models her classroom to be structured, but give students the freedom to express themselves through project based learning and scene work. She worked for five years as a Technical Theatre Director at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX. While there, she created the tradition of an annual all-school musical, co-directed the improv troupe and advanced to UIL OAP Area with an 80s version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Women of Lockerbie. She moved to North Texas to work at McKinney Boyd High School as an Assistant Director. At Boyd, she established their improv troupe, Bronco Comedy Corps, choreographed, costumed, directed and loved teaching everything from Theatre I to Advanced Technical Theatre and Acting classes. With Boyd, she advanced to Region with The Angelina Project and was also part of their ITS National Mainstage performance of Legally Blonde. She opened Braswell in 2016 and has loved every minute of this adventure! On a personal note, Mrs. Greene has been married for ten years and has four pets-- a dog, two cats, and a horse named Einstein.
Meet Mr. Parker!
Ben Parker is excited to be joining the Braswell family after over 18 years working in educational theatre. He loves to help students overcome challenges and the preconceived limits they have in both scene work and theatrical design. For seven years Mr. Parker was the Head Theatre Director at Cedar Hill High School where he started an annual student written and produced play festival, had a production selected to perform at the Texas Thespian State Festival and a national qualifier in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. He was also an Assistant Director at JJ Pearce High School for two years and worked on their State and National Thespian Festival selected musical.
Mr. Parker has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Wesleyan University and is nearly finished with his Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Houston. He is proof that good theatre professionals are lifelong learners and that it is never too late to go back to school! Mr. Parker has been married for 17 years and has a 16 year old daughter and three dogs (Lola, Siegfried, and Fafner).
Meet Mr. Van Winkle!
After working as a professional designer and technician for several years, Mr. Van Winkle shifted into education in 2018 and has loved every minute! Mr. Van Winkle believes in empowering students by creating opportunities that train them for real-world applications. Before entering the teaching world, Mr. Van Winkle worked on the production teams of many prestigious regional companies with San Francisco Opera, Omaha Opera, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three and Uptown Players. In his first year of teaching, Mr. Van Winkle is proud to have had his students earn a nomination for “Best Scenic Design” from Dallas Summer Musical High School Musical Awards and to have had 2 of his students qualify for state in the UIL Theatrical Design Competition.
Mr. Van Winkle earned his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University in 2011 and his MFA from Stage Design and Technology from the University of Nebraska in 2014. Mr. Van Winkle is married with a baby boy, Weston, and two dogs, Zoey and Piper.