Meet our Staff
|Corene Roberts, Camp Director|
|Corene Roberts is the Director of Sherwood Forest Summer Camp. Her love of children and the Renaissance has driven her to create a wonderful experience for children out at Sherwood Forest. She graduated from Texas State University with Honors and in addition to her directorship is also employed by Bastrop ISD as a Special Education teacher. Proudly calling Texas her home for the past 10 years, she is excited to be starting this new adventure in her life. |
During Sherwood Forest Faire, Corene can be found managing the Shire Silversmith, a silver and gemstone jewelry shoppe.
|Cheyna Newman, Assistant Director|
|Cheyna writes: "I am an active mother of two young ladies. I like being silly and enjoy working with children. My favorite pastimes are watching anime, playing outside, and reading."|
|Amanda Carter, Registered Nurse|
|Amanda has been a registered nurse since 2008 and a renaissance/medieval faire enthusiast since 2005. She has attended Sherwood Forest frequently going back to opening weekend in 2010. As a former Girl Scout troop leader, she has worked with children extensively including campouts, arts and crafts, and other traditional Girl Scout activities.|
Amanda has her Nursing degree from San Antonio College and a Psychology degree from St. Phillip’s College in San Antonio. She has three children, lives in Round Rock with her family and works at a local hospital. Sherwood Forest Summer Camp gives her an exciting opportunity to combine her love of faires, camping, nursing, and children.
|TerrieLynn Bach, Stained Glass|
|Artist Terrie-Lynn Bach loves to find new ways to challenge herself by creating art. Even as a young child she loved to draw, paint, build car models and work with her hands. She studied art at Houston Community College and from private teachers. She discovered that she loved the challenge of learning how to do different art forms from books. Over her adult life she has been a professional cake decorator, for 30 years specializing in wedding cakes and 3D sculpture cakes. She taught cake decorating classes to adults and children and coordinated the first Texas State Cake Show in 1983. Terrie-Lynn has painted in oils and watercolors, created flat and 3D stained glass art, made silver and copper work and jewelry. Her hobbies and interests include cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, sewing costumes, leather working, wildlife, fantasy, dancing and kitties. Cat Dancing Creations, Terrie-Lynn's art business was launched in 1988 and for a number of years she sold air brushed and hand-painted art clothing. After the birth of her son in 1991, she saw intarsia for the first time and was so enchanted with it that she taught herself how to create it. A year later she was selling intarsia and stained glass in local art fairs in Houston. After moving to Austin a few years ago, she started teaching classes to adults and children in woodworking, intarsia, Tarot, drawing and knitting. Terrie-Lynn is passionate about making art and crafts accessible to everyone who desires to learn and is excited to be teaching stained glass for Sherwood Forest's Summer Camp. |
Visit Lady Cat Dancing, as she has been known since Sherwood Forest Faire's opening day in 2010, at her unique and very impressive shoppe created using the wattle-and-daub technique during the Sherwood Forest Faire season. There, you can see for yourself how talented this lady is!
|Zane Baker, Theatre|
|Always drawn to make-believe, Zane spent his college years studying literature at the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2002. Zane's favorite stories were fairy tales and legends; and he has now helped to create a living fairy tale: Sherwood Forest Faire. Zane and Jonah Green, our Theatre Coordinator, will lead campers in improvisational exercises, theatre history, stage craft, and characterization. They will also direct the campers in bringing a story to life on stage. Campers will practice these short scenes throughout the week of camp, and will perform them for their parents on the final day of camp. Zane sees theatre training not only as teaching a craft, but also basic life skills. He aims to present Sherwood Forest Summer Campers with skills that will aid them in personal confidence, public speaking, problem-solving, and social interaction. |
Zane is the Director of Entertainment at Sherwood Forest Faire. He manages independent acts, and also directs the faire’s cast of over 60 characters.
|David Balough, Candlemaking|
|David writes: “I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in Elementary education in 1972. I have been working with kids, teaching, in some capacity ever since then. In the early eighties I started making candles as a side line, mostly selling them at Renaissance festivals. Part of what I find fascinating about candle making is its simplicity. The basic technique for making candles has changed very little since the thirteenth century...which is about when the first true candles were made.” |
David is a very busy man during the Faire season, being the owner of two food booths (Lettuce Inn and Highland Cafe), Wax Hands and the roaming flower business.
|Cody Dalton, Archery|
|Cody writes: "My name is Cody Dalton, and I'm a 26 year old Army Veteran. I have practiced archery for most of my life, but have taken to it much more seriously the past few years. I have won several of the Sherwood Forest archery tournaments, as well as an open invitation tournament held at the Sherwood Celtic Festival. I plan to teach the children as much about traditional archery as I can in the short time that I will get to spend with them. Safety is the most important thing that I plan to teach the children this year, along with a brief history of archery, proper form, and how to aim and shoot a longbow. Summer Camp is a great opportunity to pass on my love of traditional archery to a new generation.|
During the Faire season Cody is a cast member portraying Warren Mustain, a member of Robin Hood's band of Merry Men.
|Rebecca Facile, Leatherworking|
|Rebecca writes: “I am a certified teacher and mother of four. I began doing leather working with my husband several years ago and enjoy sharing these skills with kids. We have a variety of projects to make that will introduce sewing and shaping leather. We are making pouches, bookmarks, mug frogs, and pendants.” |
During Sherwood Forest Faire, Rebecca and her family can be found in their shoppe, Life Tree Leather, located close to the front gate. They sell beautiful handmade, handpainted corsets among other things.
|Rick Fields, Pottery|
|Rick Fields graduated from Rice University on a National Merit Scholarship, and worked in the computer industry for 22 years. Retiring from computers, he's been a local cattle rancher for 12 years, and is the father of three teenagers. Rick will be teaching the pottery class where we'll learn a bit of the history of pottery, and how to work with and form clay. Campers will be doing freeform sculpture, forming coil-based pots and vases, learning about and using glazes, and firing pieces in a kiln.|
As Tobar Tinker, the Sherwood Forest Faire tinker and resale shop owner, Rick has been able to use his interest in medieval history and crafts to add his own special touch to the faire.
|John "Tiger" Flores, Blacksmithing|
|Tiger writes: “I have been blacksmithing for almost twenty years. My wife Erin and I have owned and operated our own blacksmith/welding shop in Elgin for fifteen years. We design and build ornamental functional metalwork for residential and commercial projects. I will be teaching historical blacksmithing.” |
Tiger and Erin are among the first people you see as you step through the magical gates of Sherwood Forest Faire. Visit them at their blacksmith shoppe during the Faire season for some lessons!
|Andrea Gaines, Soapmaking|
|Andrea Gaines is a mother of a 2 year old named Tristan, and married to Sherwood's Royal Falconer Kevin. She has worked in early childcare for more than 12 years, and has served as a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp in Texas. She has her cosmetology degree, and owns a hair braiding booth at Sherwood. If there is one thing that surpasses her creativity is her love of working with kids!|
In addition to owning a hairbraiding booth, candy shoppe and providing Sherwood Forest Faire with a first-class Falconry show, Andrea and her family spend quite a bit of time travelling sharing their skills and talents with other faires across the USA.
|Paul Goodnough, Naturalism & Herbalism|
|Paul has been involved with herbalism and nature as a student and as a steward since Spring 1962 when his maternal grandparents started teaching him how to make use of and care for his environment. As an adult he has worked at Nature’s Herb Farm (South Texas Herbs Inc.) for eight years as a greenhouse and field manager, and as a plant identifier. He has taught herbal classes and wild crafting to small groups throughout Texas. As Uiliam mac Artuir, the Earl of Argyll, Paul will lead campers on nature walks, teaching the benefits and dangers of the forest’s plants and animals with the forest itself as his classroom. Campers will learn names and uses for native plants and animals, and will also be taught about the importance of caring for the land that they live on. |
Test your skills against Paul during Sherwood Forest Faire at the chessboard in the Once Upon a Time children's quarter, where he presides as our rarely-defeated Chessmaster.
|Benjamin “Jonah” Green, Theatre|
|After Jonah first began working at renaissance festivals in 1995, he attended the University of Utah's Actor Training Program where he earned a BFA in Theatre. He received the Victor E. Jory talent scholarship, and in 2005 was a performance intern at Shakespeare & Company in Lennox Massachusetts. He has appeared in over twenty plays including The Duchess of Malfi and numerous Shakespeare productions. He also performs street theatre, puppetry, and drumming. He both teaches and performs stilt-walking as well. Jonah strongly believes that the interpersonal experience of theatre and storytelling is a vital art, now a rarity in the modern age. He hopes to encourage imagination, communication, expression, and empathy – valuable tools that can be learned in a fun atmosphere which strengthens vocal confidence, physical charaterizaton, and stage presence.|
Jonah is the Theatre Coordinator of Sherwood Forest Faire. He collaborates with Zane, our director, in story development, rehearsal processes, and actor enrichment. During the faire he performs with the Robin Hood troupe and with the King's Corpse Shakespeare Players.
|Alan Hutton, Swordplay|
|Alan, known in the renaissance festival industry as Oskar Hasselhoff, the German Master of Defense, is a celebrated Tournament Champion. Alan has been studying the Art of Swordplay for over thirty years and teaching the children of America for over ten years. With his colorful character and unstoppable wit he is always a favorite with children and adults alike! |
During Sherwood Forest Faire Alan has several different shows, all incredibly funny and entertaining, and he also gives private lessons in a variety of weapons. If only cloning were among the medieval arts... we could definitely use another Alan!