Stratford Playhouse Directors
Director/Department Artistic Director
Cece is in her 30th year with the Stratford Playhouse. In addition to directing and teaching theatre classes, she is married to Thomas and mom to Matthew and Zachary. CeCe is a past recipient of the Texas Educational Theater Association Educator of the Year and has won seven Tommy Tune Awards for directing. She is excited to welcome Alyssa Davidson to the team this year.
David is in his 16th year at Stratford as the technical director. He has a degree from the University of Iowa in English and a degree from St. Cloud State University in theatre education. He was the director of theatre at MacArthur High School for ten years. He has worked professionally and nonprofessionally in theatre companies in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Houston. He is married to Cindy and the proud daddy of Audrey and Iris.
Alyssa is forever grateful to join the Stratford Playhouse production team! This is her fourth year at Stratford. She most recently directed Legally Blonde the Musical which was nominated for nine Tommy Tune Awards and won three: Best Ensemble, Best Costume Design and Featured Performer! Alyssa is a Houston native who graduated from HSPVA as a theatre major and from OU with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching at Rice University. Alyssa previously taught and directed at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School in HISD. She was most recently seen onstage in AD Players’ Godspell. Alyssa couldn’t do this without her biggest supporters: her friends, family and Mike.
Marcie is in her 3rd year as the Director of Choirs and her 8th year teaching at Stratford High School. She is living her dream come true, returning to her alma mater and being given the opportunity to work with these students. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and received her master’s degree from Florida State University. She is honored to be a part of this outstanding fine arts team. Marcie would like to thank her family for all their love and support.
Associate Choir Director
Gyasi J. Blanton, a native of New Jersey, is thrilled to be a part of the production team with Stratford Playhouse. He is an active musician, music director, music educator and composer/ arranger and is currently serving in his 4th year as the Assistant Director of Choirs at Stratford. Prior to coming to Texas, he was one of the artistic directors with the New Jersey Youth Chorus “Coro Vivo.” Under his direction, this ensemble performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Mr. Blanton’s compositions, Invictus, Entreat Me Not to Leave You, and The Dream Keeper, have been performed in recitals, master classes and concerts. He is passionate about researching and performing the non-idiomatic choral music by Black composers. He holds the Bachelor’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Arts degrees from Lincoln University, PA as well as a Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University. Thank you to my support system: my family and friends! Rest in Paradise Grandma!!!
~Phillippians 4:13~To God be the Glory! GOMAB and OASAASLLS