Mr. Taylor has been the head of Flower Mound High School’s Theatre Department for 18 years. In those years, he has directed over 65 shows. Mr. Taylor graduated from Texas Tech University where he studied Music Education (with a vocal emphasis) and Theatre Education. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he worked as an actor, music director, director, vocal coach, and yes…a waiter. While in New York, Mr. Taylor helped to produce over 80 musicals and assisted the creator of more than 10 new children’s shows. He spent 11 wonderful years in New York “living the life of the gypsy”.
Although Mr. Taylor loved his time in New York, he knew it was time to come back home and do what he loves... teach. While at Flower Mound, Mr. Taylor has taken One Act Plays to State competition five time (Into the Woods, 2nd runner up in 2005; Rimers of Eldritch in 2008; These Shining Lives, 2nd runner up in 2013; By the Bog of Cats, 2nd runner up in 2014; and The Cripple of Inishmaan, 1st runner up in 2015). FMHS has also been fortunate to have two recipients of the Samuel French Award for acting at the UIL State One Act Play Competition and competed on the Region level seven times. Mr. Taylor has taken a mainstage show to State ITS Convention and National ITS Convention in Nebraska (Forever Plaid, 2008-2009) and Chapter Select play Women of Lockerbie in 2011. In 2015-2016, Mr. Taylor was chosen by the Texas Thespians to direct their state show Big Fish, where he had the privilege of working with students and directors from all over the state. In addition, he was honored to work with the composer of Big Fish on a new school edition that is now being produced all over the world. Texas Thespian's version of Big Fish was also chosen to perform and close the National Convention in 2016.
He has also had many students perform on the mainstage at the state and national levels. He is constantly amazed at the talent Flower Mound brings, and continues to be overly proud of his students near and far who are making magic wherever they go.
Artistic Director and Head of FM Theatre Activities
Associate Director & Costume Coordinator
Mrs. Wilson has been teaching theatre for the past 21 years, with the last 17 of them at Flower Mound High School. Even though she started her theatre career as an actress, Mrs. Wilson soon discovered that she loved the technical side of theatre just as much. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BA in Theatre and has worked professionally as a props artisan and scenic painter in Texas and Massachusetts. As an educator Mrs. Wilson has worked on 100+ productions as a director and/or designer, including 20 One Act Plays, where she has competed on the State level five times and the Region level eight times. When she’s not in the theatre, you can find her gardening, cooking, or spending time with her husband Bryan and children Lily and Elvis.
She is currently a Dramatic Studio ‘Prents teacher/director as well as the costume designer for all of FMHS play productions.
Michael Valentine, Associate Director and Lighting & Sound Coordinator
Michael Valentine attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BFA in Theatre Studies and was awarded the Morton Brown Teacher Training Award. Michael gained professional Theatre experience at the Zilker Summer Musicals in Austin, Texas and at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa. His teaching career began at Newman Smith High School 25 years ago when he met his wife of 22 years, Dawn Valentine. Dawn and Michael are blessed with two boys Jace Valentine (age 18) and Kyler Valentine (age 15).
Mr. Valentine received the Teacher of the Year award at Birdville High School in 2000. UIL accomplishments include 2nd place at the 2003 & 2016 State Finals and a 2006 State Finalist. This is Mr. Valentine’s 5th year at Flower Mound, where he directs the Dramatic Stage ‘Prents, Assistant Directs the UIL One-Act Play, sponsors the Improv Troupe, acts as lead sponsor for the International Thespian Society, and over sees all lighting and sound designs for all of the FMHS Productions.
John Patterson, Technical Director
Mr. Patterson attended Baylor University and received a degree in Theatre Performance. After graduating from college, Mr. Patterson moved to Los Angeles and worked at the Geffen Playhouse as a carpenter, but was quickly promoted to the lead carpenter position. While in LA he also worked part time at the LA Film School, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and did some freelance carpentry.
After two years in LA, Mr. Patterson moved back to Texas and worked at the Dallas Theater Center as their full-time welder. Over the past two years, Mr. Patterson has had several students advance to UIL State Design. Mr. Patterson is also the sponsor for the UIL State Film contest, where the team placed in the top five at State. Mr. Patterson is excited to begin his third year at Flower Mound High School this year.