Patrick Ricci, Jr. // President
Patrick has been part of Circle Arts Theatre since he retired from General Electric Company in 2001. He has filled numerous board positions including Marketing Director, Treasurer and President. He has played many different roles on our stage, but his favorite roles are husband, father and grandfather.
Lisa Williams // Vice President
Lisa has lived in New Braunfels since 1999 and has been active in the community ever since, volunteering with parenting groups, PTA, Friends of NBISD P.A.C., and the Comal County Child Welfare Board. If she's not onstage, you'll find her volunteering with our youth programs. Lisa is a professional photographer with Sentimental Journeys Photography and Williams Real Estate Photography, and a Personal Assistant/Transaction Coordinator for local Realtors.
Martie Rodriguez // Secretary
Martie has lived in New Braunfels since 1987. She retired from the New Braunfels ISD after 36 in education, 25 of those years in NBISD as a Special Education Director, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and an Educational Diagnostician. She was introduced to Circle Arts Theatre by watching her nephew perform and then by watching her son grow up in this theatre, performing in Fantasy Factory, the Inner Circle and other major productions. Martie has served many years on the Circle Arts Theatre Board and has also been in several productions, and hopes to be in many more. Since retirement, Martie also volunteers on the New Braunfels Downtown Association Board serving as the membership chair.
Marcie Helmke // Treasurer
Marcie Helmke is a New Braunfels native. She has been supporting Circle Arts Theatre as a volunteer since 1988 and is currently serving as Treasurer.
Jacob Biggerstaff is a student at UTSA. He has taught private music lessons for over five years. Jacob is a veteran of Circle Arts Theatre's youth company, The Inner Circle, and has served as an actor, musician, music director, and director for many Circle Arts productions. Jacob is also the owner of MellowDrama Productions.
A civic leader in New Braunfels and is currently the Vice President of Economic Development with The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, with which he has been associated with for more than 16 years. He has been an active member of the Wurstfest Association, including being named 2017 Grosse Opa; President of the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club; Past President of the United Way of Comal County; and has served on the Boards of Resolute Hospital, Comal ISD Public School Foundation, and the NB Food Bank. He was named Citizen of the Year by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in 1993 and received the Seven Seals Award from the Army National Guard in 2010. Rusty has served as President of the Executive Board of the Texas Ecomonic Development Counsel, was appointed in 2011 by Governer Perry to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, and currently serves as the Board Chairman of the Guadalupe Basin Coalition, Board member of the Central Texas Technology Center, and Boar Secretary of The Spark Small Business Development Center in New Braunfels. Somehow, Rusty also finds time to participate in several productions on our stage, as well!
Finally, Rusty has been named the 2018 New Braunfels Citizen of the Year, receiving the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Besserung Awad for his many achievements in 2017.
By day, Merrie Fox works as a Campus Chaos Coordinator (more commonly known as ‘school principal’); by night, she is a full-fledged groupie to the antics of her children, who have both grown up on the Circle Arts stage. She arrived with her family in New Braunfels as a teenager in 1982 and quickly grew to love the charm, history, and celebrations that make living here such a blessing. When she’s not molding the minds of young people, working on home renovation projects, or writing the last chapters of her dissertation, you can find Merrie kayaking local rivers and lakes with her wife, Lisa, and enjoying time with the family laughing, playing, and… yes… watching live theatre!
Gaz is a Texas native working as a professional actor (Equity Membership Candidate) all over the state, as well as California, Orlando, and NYC. Their major was in Technical Theater and they have worked on staff at several theaters. Their introductory show at Circle Arts was Dog Sees God as "Marcie", directed by Robin Williams. For seven years they have performed at theme parks across the country, including on the stages of our very own Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio. Gaz also owns and manages their own entertainment company employing professional actors and providing character performers for parties and events in New Braunfels, San Marcos, Wimberley, San Antonio, Austin, and up to Killeen.
Jennifer moved to New Braunfels in 2016 after her husband retired from serving 20 years in the Air Force. Since arriving, the entire family has been quick to put down roots in their new hometown. With two kids in middle-school, Jen stays busy with various PTA/school-related activities as well as participating in the Comal Forward committee. Jennifer and her children are regular volunteers with the Humane Society, and she and her husband are active in their neighborhood Veterans association. They also have active roles with Hope Presbyterian, a new church plant in town. And of course, they all enjoy being a part of Circle Arts Theatre ... on and around the stage. But after all the fun, Jen usually still remembers to buckle down with her day-job as an online biology professor with Excelsior College of NY.
Joy walked in the doors of Circle Arts Theatre in the late 1980s, and never left. She has continuously served on our Board of Directors for almost three decades and is passionate about our mission to entertain, educate and inspire through theatre arts. A successful entrepreneur, Joy contributes a variety of business skills and experience to the Board's management of theatre operations. She is co-owner of Vertex Solutions Group and of LindseyProperties. Other interests include hiking, adventure travel, boating and being Omy to her four grandchildren. Joy can often be found on our stage and makes every role unforgettable!
A recent transplant to New Braunfels from Colorado Springs, CO, where he worked in theatre as a director, designer and actor for almost 15 years. Here in New Braunfels, he is the Outreach Librarian in charge of the RIOmobile for the New Braunfels Public Library, and he can often be found on the Circle Arts stage!
Currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management and Directing. She was a member of the Circle Arts Theatre's repertory group, the Inner Circle, and has been Stage Manager for multiple Circle Arts productions. Aly is the co-founder of her own theatre production company, MellowDrama Productions.
Cindy comes from a multi generational New Braunfels family. She holds degrees in Sociology (BA) and Law (JD), having volunteered and worked in children's social and legal related fields throughout her career, most notably being instrumental in the founding of the local children's advocacy center. She is now a semi-retired grandmother with a home business, Rifki Creations. Cindy and daughter, Juliette, are both active members of the Circle Arts family.
Reb has lived in San Antonio since 1992 and has loved theatre since High School. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education in 2008. She’s been teaching theatre, speech and debate in North East ISD ever since. She was bitten by the community theatre bug four years ago and found her second family here at Circle Arts. She loves to use her summers to learn all she can on stage or behind scenes for the Circle Arts Theatre summer musical.
Linda Smith has been volunteering in New Braunfels for over 25 years. She has been active in both Education and Community Theatre, and is currently serving as President Of the New Braunfels Education Foundation. Linda is also a board member of NB Women Go and NBACF’s Arts Grant Committee. She loves being on and off the stage as both an actress and director. Linda is also the Practice Manager at Smith & Cole Dentistry.