Marcus Theatre

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Marcus Theatre

Denise Tooch

Head Director

Mrs. Tooch is in her 8th 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. 

She and her husband, a Technical Director by trade, have 2 children.

Bear Omundson

Associate Director

Clay Van Winkle

Technical Director

Mr. Van Winkle is thrilled to be joining Marcus Theatre! Previously, he has taught at Braswell and Plano Senior High Schools after spending the first half of his career working professionally for such companies as San Francisco Opera, LINES Ballet, and Jessica Lang Dance. Since moving back to Dallas, he has worked for the Dallas Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Uptown Players and Theatre Three. He earned his BFA in Performance from Baylor University and his MFA in Stage Design and Technology from the University of Nebraska. In his limited free time, he enjoys woodworking, ultimate frisbee and playing D&D. He has a beautiful wife and a 2-year-old son.