Karen is excited to join the Coppell Cowboy family! She is coming from Austin, where she was the Assistant Theatre Director at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock ISD. Karen has a strong background in theatre, holding both a BA (Rutgers University) and an MFA (UCLA) in Acting. She has also worked as a performer, sketch writer, acting coach, and director, with a particular focus on improv, comedy, and stand up. Some of her favorite directing credits include David Ives' "All in the Timing," Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare," and most recently, her first UIL production, "The Monster Hunters." In her free time, Karen enjoys cooking, playing softball, doing crossword puzzles, hiking with her husband her their rescue pup, reading historical fiction, watching true-crime documentaries, singing badly in her car, and eating tacos.
Les Thomas comes to Coppell High School from teaching art at Tulsa East Central High School. He brings with him 5 years of experience teaching art in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma, along with 13 years teaching Theatre Design Tech at the university level at schools such as Texas A&M, SW Oklahoma State, and Westminster College. Mr. Thomas has designed lights and scenery for nearly 60 productions in both academia and professionally, and has received awards for design excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He earned his MFA from the University of Oklahoma.
Lauren Holt is enthusiastic to join the CHS Theatre family at CHS9. She has previously taught at Workman Junior High in Arlington, TX and Carrollton Christian Academy in Carrollton, TX. Lauren holds her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Education from Midwestern State University. Some of her directing credits includes: Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, Louder I Can’t Hear You, On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the Musical, The Yellow Boat, and I Am Not Stupid. When Lauren is not at the school, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her dogs, and painting.
Maleda Kunkle joined Coppell High School in 1998. She has previously directed plays and taught classes in Speech Communication, English, and Academic Decathlon. She currently teaches World History and Leadership and coaches our Coppell Interpretation Team. Ms. Kunkle and her team have won numerious awards as they participate every other weekend at tournments throughout the DFW metroplex in competitive theater. The competition areas include Duet, Duo, Dramtic Interp, Humourous Interp, Poetry and Prose, etc. This class is highly recommended for those who are wanting to major in theater in college as she gives great one on one coaching. Ms. Kunkle looks forward to a competitive season.
Whitney is the resident choreographer for the Theatre and Choir departments at CHS. Other choreography credits include; West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid (FUMC Coppell), Grease (Denton Community Theatre), Hairspray, Seussical (Colleyville Heritage). No stranger to the stage, Whitney has been singing and dancing for most of her life. Some of her more recent roles include Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ulla in The Producers, Norma Cassidy in Victor!Victoria! (Uptown Players), Ensemble in Pippin, Patsy in Crazy For You, Alaura and Carla in City of Angels (Theatre Three), Ensemble in Oklahoma, Nine (Lyric Stage), and Charity in Sweet Charity, (Watertower.) Whitney lives in Denton with her wife, 2 cats, and dog, Buddy.