Instructors and Guest Artist

Barbara Pitts McAdams
Moment Work Training
August 10-14, 2020

Barbara Pitts McAdams began working on The Laramie Project following her 1998 appearance in Leigh Fondakowski’s I Think I Like Girls (HERE Arts Center in New York, Encore Theater and La Jolla Playhouse in California). As actor/dramaturg for The Laramie Project, she appeared at BAM, Alice Tully Hall, Union Square Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center, and Sundance Theater Lab. She appears in HBO Films’ The Laramie Project and shares an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie. In 2004, Barb began to codify the Moment Work teaching process and created the internal teaching manual. As a Moment Work master teacher, she has led training labs and devised new plays at numerous colleges and high schools. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Drew University and CUNY’s Applied Theater MA program. In residencies at high schools (Kimball Union Academy and the Calhoun School), Barb used Moment Work to devise a play for eighteen students called The Incident. Barb’s theater credits include Well (w/Lisa Kron, Huntington Theatre); Leigh Fondakowski’s The People’s Temple (Guthrie, Berkeley Rep); Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage, NC); West Coast premieres of Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant and Rebecca Gilman’s Sweetest Swing In Baseball (Magic Theater, San Francisco); Susan Bernfield’s Nice Chair (New Georges); Michelle Carter’s Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs (SPF Festival); and Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theater, San Francisco). TV/Film: ForeverPerson of InterestKidnapped, 30 RockOne Life to LiveAs The World TurnsLaw & OrderLaw & Order: SVU, Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics, and the award-winning web series Anyone But Me (on Hulu).

Alric Davis

Alric Davis holds a B.F.A. from Howard University with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Playwriting. He is an adjunct instructor at Stages Repertory Theatre’s Young Actors Conservatory, Rhodes School, Roderick Paige Elementary and the Founding Artistic Director of The Sankofa Collective (formerly known as The Bayou Theatre Company), a local nonprofit theatre organization in Houston. As a freelance director/choreographer/teacher in Houston, some of his favorite directing credits are The Wiz, Miss Evers Boys, Victor/Victoria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Lesson in Physics, Passing Strange, Marie Antoinette and Next to Normal for The Sankofa Collective.

Adam Wagner

Adam is originally from Chesterton, Indiana, and is a graduate of the musical theatre department at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. As a non-profit consultant with expertise in film and performing arts organizations, Adam brings experience as an arts administrator, director, choreographer and songwriter to inspire young artists in the classroom. As an actor, he can be seen as Phil in the cult horror film, “Teeth,” and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. In 2018, Adam relocated to Houston with his dog, Chancho, to be near his mom and sister and serve as Artistic Director of HITS Theatre. Since arriving, he has revamped the curriculum and created several successful new programs. Recently celebrating one year at HITS, Adam hit the ground running with several directing credits including Mary Poppins JR., Movie Musical Live!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Anything Goes.

Tre Morgan Lewis

Act well thy part. There all honor lies.” These words hold true to Tre Morgan Lewis. He serves as the Founding Executive Director of The Sankofa Collective, formally known as Bayou Theatre Company. Tre is also the Artistic Director of Houston’s first African-American Playwright Festival, Fade to Black. Tre Morgan has directed over 10 productions. Some of his noted productions are The Colored Series, Profiles of Blackness, Pecong, Black Nativity, Gems, and The Easter Story. He was nominated Best Actor for the role of Mister in the G.W. Carver’s 2013 production of The Color Purple by the Theatre Under the Stars’ Tommy Tune Awards committee. He has received over 8 UIL One Act Play Competition acting awards. He was most recently seen in TUTS’ 2018 fall production of The Wiz (Ensemble), directed by Broadway’s Robert O’Hara and Choreographed by Byron Easley. Some of his favorite performance credits are Miss Ever’s Boys (Hodman Bryant) at Pearl Theater, Best of Enemies (Bill Riddick) at Pasadena Little Theater, Men with Broken Hearts (Sammy) at Sam Houston State University. The Piano Lesson (Wining Boy) at Prairie View A&M University; Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), Ruined (Jerome Kisembe), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Cutler), The Wiz (The Wiz/Technical Director), Sweet Charity (Herman), The Darker Face of The Earth (Alexander), Dearly Departed (Junior) at G.W Carver Magnet High School.

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Elizabeth Rodriguez
Virtual Manager and Assistant to Mr. Adam

Elizabeth Rodriguez Herrera is a 2020 High school graduate and is thrilled to be a part of the HITS family! She has been a part of multiple HITS productions such as Mary Poppins JR., Anything Goes, and Matilda. Elizabeth is passionate about musical theater and has studied at Music Academy International, Humphrey School of Musical Theatre, and HITS Theatre. Elizabeth is also skilled in media production and graphic design. Her most recent projects include partnerships with South Houston High School, La Iglesia del Pueblo, Houston’s American heart association, and the Humphrey School of Musical Theatre.