Merrie has been part of Circle Arts Theatre for the past 20 years as a parent, patron, and volunteer. As a former school principal, she brings administrative experience, an appreciation of organized chaos, and a passion for people to the Executive Director role at Circle Arts. Beyond the theatre, Merrie serves on the Board of Directors for Riverside Pride and volunteers with Family Promise, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and her church choir.
David has lived in New Braunfels since 1999, arriving from the “big city life” in Dallas after leaving Raytheon Air & Missile Defense Systems. His first of 3 children was born on the very first day his wife joined him in New Braunfels, coincidentally 6 weeks premature on dad’s birthday! His family fell in love with the little town and to this day has a sign on the back patio that duly proclaims, “Life is too short to live in Dallas!”
David brings to the board significant experience in business, technology, and organizational management which he developed during tenure with Motorola/Continental Automotive for 20+ years. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in engineering. David has been active with Circle Arts Theatre since 2015, as an actor, house crew, and in various technical support activities. Additionally, he has been active in the New Braunfels community as a Boy Scouts of America chair and PTA member, and financial auditor.
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Patrick Ricci, Jr.
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Zach is a native New Braunfels resident and has been active at Circle Arts since 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and philosophy from Texas State University and has worked in newspapers, non-profits, and the tech industry. In addition to acting on stage, he has also written the annual Wurstfest Melodrama since 2021. He is married to his wife Mary, whom he met at Circle Arts.
Mike moved to New Braunfels from Houston with his wife Destin and two daughters Maggie and Lizzie in 2014. They immediately fell in love with their new home town without even realizing that it had such a vibrant community theatre scene. Once here though, the entire family started performing and volunteering in various productions around town. But it was Circle Arts that really became a special place for the Singletons. Mike’s daughter Maggie is in the Inner Circle and Mike has performed in both Disaster! The Musical and Grease.
Mike has had a varied professional life. He was a high school English teacher for ten years, and then moved on to work in the Oil & Gas industry. Now he owns and runs the local restaurant Naturally Cafe in Gruene Lake Village. He's also a big tennis enthusiast.