Meet the Staff...

It takes many fine people to run the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center, most importantly a great full-time staff. These individuals not only help keep the facility running but they serve as a resource to all of the students in the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew.

David Poole

David Poole is the Managing Director of the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center and is in his 12th year of teaching at Westlake High School. He oversees the performing arts venues, technical theatre program and the Chaparral football television broadcast.

From June 2007 to December 2008, Mr. Poole had the privilage of being the Operations Director for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. During his tenure at the Long Center's multi-venue performance facility, he directed the completion of the initial building construction, hired a technical staff of twenty-five, and managed the opening of this state of the art facility.

Mr. Poole graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science degree in Radio-Television-Film and a Secondary Teachers Certification in Theatre. In 2001 he received a Masters degree from Tarleton State University at Stephenville in Education Administration. Prior to taking the position at Westlake High School, Mr. Poole worked in the entertainment industry as an audio engineer and artist manager. He is an active member of the International Association of Assembly Managers. Mr. Poole is proud to have founded the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew (TEC) in 1997, and has been highly influential in the many student successes in the TEC organization.

Jacob Wiederanders

Jacob Wiederanders is originally from Austin, TX. Mr. Wiederanders became interested in Technical Theater at West Ridge Middle School while running a light board for a school play. He went to high school at Westlake and became a member of the WHS Technical Entertainment Crew where he was both an officer and an Assistant Facility Director. After graduating in 2003, he attended The University of Texas in Austin studying Technical Theatre and graduated in 2007.

Mr. Wiederanders worked as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera House in Santa Fe, NM during the summer stock season of 2006 and as the Master Electrician at the Barn Theater in Augusta, MI in 2005. Before becoming the Operations Manager at the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center in August 2010, Jacob worked as the Master Electrician for the Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas where he managed the lighting needs for Bass Concert Hall and the surrounding theaters on campus.

Jeff Strange

Jeff Strange, PAC Technical Supervisor, joined the EISD staff in January of 2009. Mr. Strange grew up in the Westlake area and graduated from Westlake High School in 2004. He was the president of the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew from 2003 to 2004. After high school, Mr. Strange received a BFA in Theatre Production Arts from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He has previously worked as a Sound Engineer and Assistant Sound Designer at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamastown, MA. Most recently Mr. Strange worked as an Assistant Technical Director at the Long Center in Austin, TX.

David Tolin

David Tolin joined Westlake High School in the Fall of 2010. He grew up in Casper, Wyoming where he was very active in his high school technical theatre program.

Mr. Tolin attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Design/Technology. While he was an undergraduate, he worked in the Theatre Department’s scene shop and built over 30 productions. In 2006, he was selected to be an intern at Cirque du Soleil’s resident show Mystère at Treasure Island. In 2007, Mr. Tolin worked for Fisher Technical Services, Inc which is leading supplier of mechanical automation for theatre, film, and themed attractions all over the world. He also worked for Desert Entertainment as a stagehand on many large scale concerts, productions and events in venues large and small across the Las Vegas area.

In 2007, Mr. Tolin moved to Austin to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Technology. As a graduate student, he served as Technical Director on many Department of Theatre and Dance productions; the most recent being Pride and Prejudice. He also, taught introductory stagecraft courses and served as a teaching assistant in the Texas Performing Arts Scenic Studio. Mr. Tolin received his Master’s Degree in May of 2010.