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While attending UHD for an undergraduate and graduate degree, Andrew Maddocks was able to perfect two of his greatest passions: theater and teaching.
Maddocks has been a staple member of the university's theater community since his acceptance to UHD, appearing in nearly 30 productions and directing several one-act plays. He also has been instrumental in trying to create a formal partnership with Teatro Bilingüe de Houston, a bilingual theater troupe.
"I became interested in theater in high school and have always been a theater junkie," Maddocks said.
Theater was an outlet for Maddocks after receiving the news at age 17 that he had a serious brain condition called Arnold-Chiari malformation that required he refrain from intense physical activity. After undergoing brain surgery and turning away from activities he formerly enjoyed like sports and cheerleading, Maddocks found theater to be cathartic and a channel for his creative energy.
Maddocks graduated from UHD in 2005 with a degree in English and minors in theater and Spanish. He will graduate with a master's degree in teaching in 2013. He currently is teaching Spanish at Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS) in Spring Branch ISD and this coming school year, Maddocks will introduce a Spanish theater course at WAIS, the first of its kind.
"I have a love of the Spanish language and wanted to combine it with my love of theater," Maddocks said. "Dr. Lyttle (Director of UHD's O'Kane Theatre) allowed me to direct several one-act, Spanish-language plays at UHD and they've been incredibly successful. I'm excited to be able to bring Spanish theater to my middle and high school students."
Maddocks credits UHD with feeding his passion for teaching and theater.
"I enjoy teaching because it combines elements of things I already love, directing and acting," he said. "I discovered that while I was at UHD and for that I'll always be grateful."
Going forward Maddocks hopes to one day act in an Alley Theatre production, calling it his greatest dream.
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