Renee Harris (Theatre Director)
Renee Harris has been teaching for over 20 years. Mrs. Harris graduated from Austin College with a BA in Communication/Theatre Arts and received her MA in Theatre Arts and Teacher Certification from Texas Woman’s University. Mrs. Harris taught at Jasper High School, in Plano ISD, for 18 years, where she directed and technical directed over 50 plays. Mrs. Harris is a member of the Educational Theatre Association and Texas Educational Theatre Association. Mrs. Harris stepped into the Allen ISD Head Director role after 3 years as AHS Theatre's Technical Director. Mrs. Harris strives to use classes and productions as a means for teaching life skills, developing well-trained actors/technicians, and producing high quality shows. Her goal is to have a program with sense of family and a welcoming atmosphere where students are free to be themselves with no judgement.
Leigh Ann Unkenholz (Associate Theatre Director)
Leigh Ann Unkenholz is an Allen High School alumnus. This is her 13th year teaching at Allen High School. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Collin College and her Bachelors degree in Art and Humanities; Art and Performance from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her experience includes training in lights, sound, carpentry, costume design and construction, make-up, directing, producing, acting, dance, house and stage management and technical design. Her awards include “Best Thespian”-Allen High School, “Bryce Jordan Award” and “Spotlight Awards-Best Female Technician”-The University of Texas at Dallas, “Adam Hurst Spirit Award”-Collin College, and is a member of the Collin Theatre Center Hall of Fame. She hopes to provide opportunities for Allen students to experience theatre in a professional manor as well as relate theatre to every day life. She desires to inspire and motivate young artist of today and plans to assist students in utilizing their artistic abilities to the fullest extent.
Randy Lewandowski (Technical Director)
Mr. Lewandowski, arrived in January 2022 as our newest Technical Theatre Director and Classroom Teacher. He has his bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College and has served as a technical director and designer for various summer stock theatre companies. He most recently held the same duties at Wylie High School for eleven and one-half years.
While teaching at Wylie, their musicals numerous received awards: The Dallas Summer Musical Theatre Awards, Hairspray, nominated for best Musical, scene and light design (2015). Schmidt and Jones Awards, by Lyric Stage, Won Scene Design for Peter Pan (2017) and Best Lighting Design for Les Misérables (2021). In Footloose (2018) and Newsies (2019) his students received several nominations for Best Musical, Best Lighting, Best Costumes, Best Scene Design.
As one of the directors of Wylie’s One Act Plays in the 6A Division, his students received recognitions: Amadeus (2021, Regional Alternates), Anatomies (2020, Bi-Dist. Qualifiers), The Book of Will (2019, Area Qualifiers), Yerma (2018, District Alternates).
This year he will continue teaching technical theatre classes as well as overseeing the technical direction of all our productions.
Janet Flynn (Lowery Campus Theatre Director)
Janet Flynn earned a BA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe where she was a recipient of the Greer Garson Theatre Scholarship and received her teaching certification from Texas A&M Commerce. Ms. Flynn has been teaching at Allen for 17 years and teaches Theatre I and Acting Methods at Lowery. Ms. Flynn is a member of Educational Theatre Association and Texas Educational Theatre Association. She wishes to inspire her students to always strive for excellence.
Grayson Sherwood (Lowery Campus Technical Director)
Grayson Sherwood is thrilled to be spending her first-year teaching at Allen’s Lowery Freshman Center. Mrs. Sherwood earned a Drama and Speech degree from Harding University where she also received her Arkansas teaching certificate. Before teaching Mrs. Sherwood spent time as a scenic artistry intern at Flat Rock Playhouse NC, as a scenic artist at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and as a carpenter at Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre. During her spare time, Mrs. Sherwood enjoys watching movies and starting multiple painting projects at once. She wants all her students to feel empowered by the arts and introduced to all the doors that the arts can open, even for those who don’t end up pursuing them.