Brazos Valley's First Professional Theater Ensemble

BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION -  Many of us have been there, meeting road blocks as we pursue our dreams.

     And that challenge is no different for one local actor, so he created his own path by starting a first-of-its kind theater company in the Brazos Valley.

    Andrew Roblyer originally left home to pursue his acting dreams in Houston.

"I kept getting offers to be seen again and again,” Andrew Roblyer, founder and artistic director of This is Water Theater, said.

    Last year, he returned home to Bryan, and saw a void in the community.

"There was no professional paid opportunity for theater professionals,” Roblyer said.

    Deciding to take his future into his own hands, he created the Brazos Valley's first professional theater, This is Water theater is made up of nine artists.

"Five are in the acting ensemble, then there's myself, we have a production manager, an ensemble stage manager, and a resident dramaturg,” Roblyer said.

    From a current college student --

"I can analyze a script so much better, I've grown a tremendous amount,” Macey Pendergast, a member of the acting ensemble, said.

    To a Texas A&M professor -- it's a close-knit, but very diverse group.

''We're all so different and we come together so well and we play off each other well. And we all have different levels of training,” Maxwell Duane, a member of the acting ensemble, said.

    Their first season consists of three plays; the first show, which premiered in February was the play, “Going Dark.”

    Now, they're finishing up their second play, “Spake.”

''By David L. Williams, which is a play about an ancient manuscript about a dead serial killer and a magic spell,” Roblyer said.

    Being a professional company, members feel brings added quality.

"Raises the level of theatrical discourse. Automatically gives the company a level of cache,” Amy Guerin, a member of the acting ensemble and an A&M professor, said

    However, it's not just about the money for this ensemble, for Andrew, his new dream is to enrich his community -- through the arts.

"I think theater and storytelling should be accessible,” Roblyer said.

    All the performances are "pay what you can."     

     Their final weekend of "Spake" runs this Thursday through Saturday at St. Michael’s Episcopal School at 8 p.m.

     If you're interested in advanced tickets and for more information about the show and theatre, 

visit their website.

 


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