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Denise Tooch

Head Director

Mrs. Tooch is in her 7th year here at Marcus High School. She teaches Theatre 1-2 and Theatre Production, and sponsors the MHS Thespian Troupe #4268. 

Mrs. Tooch previously served 11 years at the lead director and technical director at McKinney High School. She earned her BFA in Theatre Arts/English/Secondary Education from Sam Houston State University, and a MFA in Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama. She worked on the East Coast as a professional stage manager for several years, and still maintains her Actors Equity Union membership. 

Her husband serves as the Technical Director for the theatre and dance program at UNT. They have 2 children.

Taylor Mudd

Associate Director

Ms.Mudd is in her 6th year of teaching and her second year here at Marcus. She teaches Theatre 1 as well as the Junior Varsity Class. Ms.Mudd also works on the technical side with the costume, hair, makeup, and publicity crews. 
Previously Ms.Mudd served at the head director and technical director at Centennial High School. She earned her BFA in Theatre Education at Texas State University. Ms.Mudd is excited to start the year with everyone! 

Grayson Merchant

Technical Director

Mr .Merchant is a Designer and Teacher based Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. As a Scenic Designer, he has designed multiple productions, his favorites being Dogfight and We Are Proud to Present. Additionally, he has worked extensively Off-Broadway and Regionally while working under notable Scenic Designers. To view more of his work visit He is looking forward joining the Marcus High School Theatre Department immensely!