David Barker - Director
David Barker is starting his 19th year in educational theatre, all of which has been spent building the highly acclaimed technical theatre programs at Clear Creek ISD and Pearland High School. Mr. Barker is now the Head Director for theatre at Pearland High School and excited to start his third successful theatre program. A regular presenter at regional theatre festivals such as Texas Thespians and TxEDTA, David is continually asked to lecture on topics in theatre, including: lighting elements and design, sound and audio, scenic design, set construction, and marketing. He has been a part of the teaching faculty at Theatre under the Stars along with designing for TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. He is considered a technical theatre guru for the surrounding area, is often asked to prepare workshops and training sessions for other teachers throughout the district. David and his students regularly help community and professional theatres throughout the area. David also freelances for major production companies all over the United States and is part of the local Union 51 workforce. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, and Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Houston.
Ryan Simpson - Assistant Theatre Director
Ryan Simpson is starting his 4th year teaching, as he previously spent 3 years in Klein ISD before moving to Pearland. Ryan has a BFA in Theatre Education from the University of Houston. During his time at UH he helped with College Recruitment, Administrated an After-School Program, and taught workshops at Thespian Festival and TxETA. Ryan has also worked as a teaching artist with the Alley Theatre’s Playmaker’s camp, and with TUTS and the Tommy Tune Awards as a school ambassador. Ryan’s foremost goal for this upcoming school year is to equip his students with the tools needed to excel onstage. He is looking forward to seeing his students succeed, and laying the foundation for PHS to be a force within the Educational theatre realm. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his cat, friends, and family to unwind.