|Lisa Levad, Camp Director|
|Lisa received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont in 2003. Throughout her career in education she has enjoyed teaching students at every level from preschool through college. Lisa leapt at the opportunity to join the staff as a Professor of English at Southwest Early College (Denver, CO) in 2005 where she taught for 7 years. In 2007 she was honored with a Mile High Teachers Award. Lisa continues to teach seminars on Classroom Management techniques.|
Lisa, her husband Andrew, and their two faithful canine companions (Molly and Princess), love to travel the country working at various renaissance festivals throughout the year. Lisa is a proud mother and stepmother of two extraordinary daughters, both pursuing pre-med programs in college. Lisa enjoys being on stage whether for a theatrical performance or for educational purposes when she is presenting at a conference (which she has done numerous times). Lisa enjoys event planning, gardening, crocheting, canning, baking and fine dining.
|Cheyna Newman, Assistant Director|
|Cheyna pursued degrees from Kilgore College and Texas State Technical College. Her professional career has been Electrical and Instrumentation at Intel Corporation and Eastman Chemical Company. As a mother of four she has been involved with Girl Scouts and has always had a passion for renaissance festivals. She acted as a full-time volunteer when her daughter attended the first Sherwood Forest Summer Camp and has become more involved ever since. Cheyna enjoys reading, anime, hiking and sci-fi/fantasy. |
Cheyna writes: "I am an active mother. I like being silly and enjoy working with children. My favorite pastimes are watching anime, playing outside, and reading."
|George Appling, Marketing Director|
|George, co-founder and co-owner of the Sherwood Forest Faire, is the “spiritual father” of Sherwood Forest Summer Camp, having conceived the notion and taken the steps necessary to bring the camp into existence. George earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M University, where he was Valedictorian of his class. Later he went on to earn his MBA and MPA from Harvard. In addition to his role as General Partner & Marketing Director at Sherwood Forest, George is CEO of a company in Long Island, New York.|
George enjoys spending time with his partner and their three children; traveling; reading; and visiting renaissance faires throughout the country. He dreams of one day working and residing in the same city.
|Amanda Carter, Healthcare Coordinator|
|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.
|Kristine Byrd, RN|
|Kristine has been in the nursing field since 1996, she was a nurse’s aide, LVN and now an RN. She has been involved with the Renaissance Faires since 2008 with her 1st year at Sherwood in 2011 for one weekend with her family, since then the family has come back regularly to volunteer and work at the faire and now run their own cart. Kristine also coordinates our Annual Deaf Awareness Weekend during Farie Season.|
Kristine received her nursing degree from Lonestar College in Conroe, TX along with a certification to communicate in American Sign Language at the North Harris campus. Kristine has been a camp nurse at Camp sign for past 6 years, she loves seeing kids so excited to be at camp, this is why she returns to camp nursing in the hottest months of the year! She has volunteered in various organizations with her children’s activities, schools, Deaf organizations & Relay for Life. She & Robert have 4 children and 3 grandchildren and live in Kyle, Tx.
Nursing and signing have always been a passion of mine, now you add in Renaissance, well it is the best of the best, and to be able to do all 3 in one place this year will be an experience I am excited to get!
|Brian O'Leary, Admissions Coordinator|
|Brian studied Management Information Systems at University of Houston, and has spent many years doing volunteer work for various non-profit organizations in Houston, largely as an event planner. He is a member of Sherwood Forest Faire’s management team (Craft Director, Webmaster). Brian has spent significant amounts of time volunteering with children, both in classrooms at a public elementary school and also at an orphanage.|
Brian has very fond memories of attending summer camp for many years in rural New Hampshire as a child and is very excited about the developments taking place at Sherwood today. He enjoys spending time with his partner and their three young children. His hobbies include reading, genealogy, community service, event planning and playing computer games.
|Marti Cox, Operations|
|Marti joined the Sherwood Forest Faire Family in 2012 when she began working as Safety and Operations staff for Celtic Fest and has continued to work at SWFF in various aspects and locations. She has been working and performing at renaissance fairs across the country for approximately 12 years. |
She is an experienced actress in the theater as well as television and movies. She has a professional background in law enforcement, security, 911 emergency communications, and is a trained first responder. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management, and has two AAS degrees in Law Enforcement and Prison and Correctional Systems. She has been a founding member and President of several National Law Enforcement Support Organizations. She is also pursuing a second degree in Art, and has had formal instruction in blacksmithing, precious metal smithing, and pottery. She is currently a founding member of the Student Art Club at Austin Community College.
She has 2 children and has been a Girl Scout, Boy Scout, FFA and 4-H leader, as well as a volunteer, mentor and group leader for numerous church and school activities. She has been an experienced horseman for more than 35 years and works part time on a 300 acre family ranch raising horses, cows, chickens, goats, and pigs. Her hobbies include country dancing, catering and gourmet cooking, vegetable gardening, herbal lore and wild edibles, home canning, traveling, camping, hunting, automotive restoration and repair, woodworking, leatherworking, and sewing costumes and garb for renaissance faires.
|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, Chain Maille|
|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 maille class where we'll learn a bit of the history of maille, and how to work with and form metal rings. Campers will be doing freeform maille pieces and learning all sorts of types of styles..|
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, Hairbraiding|
|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.
|Kevin Gaines, Falconry|
|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!
|Roy Coon, Music|
|Roy is Currently a Professional Clarinet, Saxophone, and Flute Player in Austin Tx. He studied Music Education at University of Colorado from 1999-2003, and taught saxophone in the Boulder area until 2006 when he moved to Austin. Roy brings to the classroom knowledge and experiences from all over the world including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, and India. |
In Austin he has played with dozens of bands at many different venues like Music/Art Festivals, Farmer's Markets, Musical Theatre, Music Clubs, Community Events, Bars etc.. His work with children includes Private Lessons, Guest Artist workshops in Public Schools, Playing in a Kid's music Band (the Hey Lolly Brass Band), and working for Theatre Action Project.
At Sherwood Forest Summer Camp he will blend his knowledge into a stew of fun. The children will share the joy in american melodies, learn rhythms that span Bulgaria to Africa and beyond, and even learn simple dances that are the physical expression of music. The primary focus will be to realize the participation is fun, and it enhances the musical experience. We will form a parade with simple instruments, play clapping games that develop listening and non-verbal communication skills, sing songs together, learn to improvise, and try-out fun instruments like drums, saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.
Roy is very excited to share music with everyone, and sees the spirit of music within us all!
During Sherwood Forest Faire, irrepressible Roy can be found playing with a variety of bands (especially Wino Vino) and even marching in the parade playing his magical clarinet.
|Theresa Ryder, Dance|
|Theresa Ryder received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. As an avocational dancer, she's danced cultural dances from a wide variety of places and epochs. |
Her life long interest in Historical recreation and experimental Archaeology has led to quite a few interesting projects in her family's homeschooling adventures.
Theresa also enjoys gardening with heirloom vegetables and flowers, sewing, anything Science Fiction/Fantasy, and taking her teenagers to Anime conventions. She and her husband have a son and a daughter, four cats, a rabbit, and one neurotic cattle dog.
|Beverly Smith, Book Binder|
|I graduated from the University of Texas in 1982 with a degree in Child Development/Child Psychology. Soon after, I started a preschool program focused on nurturing creativity and discovery. I have taught crafts of all kinds for preschool, elementary, and middle school children in a number of settings, including community schools, private and public schools, and for homeschooling groups. |
I love to see what happens when you hand a child some crafting materials, give them enough instruction to get them started, and let them go where their imaginations take them.
I added centuries-old bookbinding techniques to my lessons after I fell in love with journaling. Nothing makes a child want to fill the pages faster than having a journal they put together with their own hands, and I know, after such a fun filled week, Sherwood Forest campers will have enough stories to fill a book!
|Sabina Diamond, Costume Design|
|Sherwood Summer Camp’s Costume Design course will be taught by Sabina Diamond. She has worked with her mother as a costume designer her whole life, and for two years professionally in her hometown of Baku, Azerbaijan. She has always loved creating fantastic costumes for the stage, and is now excited to be teaching her craft in the magical forests of Sherwood. Sabina will teach Campers to make Robin Hood style hats at this year’s camp. They will be able to use these hats when attending Renaissance Festivals, Halloween parties, and on the stage when they perform their Robin Hood Shows for their parents.|
|Steward Facile, Pottery|
|I began attending Renaissance Fairs with my parents when I was 6 years old. It began with TRF throughout my childhood. When I began college in North Texas my “Home Fair” became Scarborough. Now there is no place like my home in Sherwood.|
As long as I can remember the pages of my sketchpads, note books, and school binders were filled with doodles of fierce dragons, brave knights, beautiful maidens, and mighty wizards. I consider myself both classically educated in art as well as self-taught. Always trying to think of a new or better way to push an artistic medium.
I have experience as an art educator in both elementary and middle schools, public and private, as well as experience as an Arts and Crafts Director for a seasonal summer camp for 2 seasons in my youth.
I look forward to passing on some of my passion and knowledge to your campers this summer.
|Arne Schwitzgebel, Head Counselor|
|Arne writes: "I am Texan through and through, born and raised in Austin. I drive a pickup and have a rambunctious three year old German Shepard. I am an incoming junior at Baylor University pursuing a business degree, but always take the time to enjoy the outdoors. I competed in football, power lifting, and in track field in high school and still play intramural sports during the school year in college.|
Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, and I have been attending the Sherwood Forest Faire since its second year. I have been working for summer camps in the Austin area for eight years now, and was a counselor in the inaugural year of the Sherwood Forest Summer camp. My campers and I had a blast, and I am looking forward to coming back for another amazing summer."
|Mike writes: “I'm well-traveled and have a lot of firsthand knowledge of art, music and various cultures. I'm 37, married to a wonderful wife. We both enjoy renaissance faires and have worked at Sherwood Forest Faire since 2010. |
I get along with just about everyone that loves a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. I listen, I play, I laugh and I enjoy life.
I look forward for the second year of the Sherwood Summer Camp!”
|My name is Jeffrey Lord, and I am 25 years of age. I've been a part-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble for the last eight years and I'm a professional actor at Sherwood Forest & the Texas Renaissance Faire. At Sherwood I play a Prince of the Sidhe (Pronounced Shee, Which is Gaelic for Faerie). I've also been involved in theatre for over 21 years of my life, and love every minute of it! My hobbies include reading, swimming, watching movies, rollerblading, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. I'm also a returning Camp Counselor from last year. My hopes are to create long lasting memories that will have your camper coming back not only to Sherwood Forest Summer Camp, but also to Sherwood Forest Faire!|
During the Faire season, you'll encounter Jeffrey's character Gual Faewualf alternately flitting or prowling through the forest, enchanting kids and adults alike. He might interact up close or you might spot him in a tree, on a roof or chittering at you from a tall tuft of grass in the meadow. If he looks like he is about to sneeze, you'd best run away quickly lest you sparkle for weeks! But don't let his mortal appearance fool you, some say he's really a Faerie in disguise spying on our mortal society, learning about our Human way of life, who knew!?
|Kim Wright is a multi-talented teacher and a student of the world. She earned a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University, and then spent two years as an English teacher in Prague, and seven years teaching special needs students here in Texas. Kim also has a dive master certification in Scuba diving. She looks forward to helping campers explore renaissance crafts while enjoying the outdoors. |
On Faire days Kim plays an enthusiastic fae called Hazelnut Nutella and can be found wandering throughout Sherwood Forest.
|My name is Elisa Hiebeler, and I’m 18 years old. I’m going to be a freshmen at Texas State University in San Marcos this fall studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. I love all things fantasy and tie many old legends into my writing. I was also in the band for my high school career playing flute and enjoying the creativity that came with making music. |
I was a counselor in training last year for Sherwood Forest Summer Camp, and I’m very excited to return as a counselor this year!
|My name is Jason Grundy, and I am a 42 year old US Marine Corps veteran. My wife and two kids live just south of Houston with 5 goats, 3 rabbits, assorted chickens, and whatever cats show up asking to be fed. Camping has been a staple of our lives, from my growing up in Boy Scouts, to being a den leader for my sons Cub Scout pack. We have been coming to Ren Fairs for year, and jumped at the chance to work with such a amazing group of people.|
|My name is Elisabeth Rosa Schwitzgebel. That’s a mouthful, I know, so most people just call me “E”. I’m seventeen years old, a senior in High School, and have enjoyed being on Track, Basketball, and Cross Country teams for the past three years. The picture is of me about to zip-line while on a trip in Alaska with my parents, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. Eighteen in all... the rest didn’t fit in the picture… I love camping and have always enjoyed the medieval eras, and feel like working as a CIT (Counselor In Training) for the Sherwood Forest Summer Camp will be an amazing combination of both! Hope to see you there!|
|My name is Haleigh Ullrich and I am 18 years of age. I was introduced to renaissance festivals by my parents who have been to Texas Renaissance Festival for their anniversary since 2008. My first time at Sherwood Forest faire was in 2011 for a day event. I loved Sherwood at first sight and began working there during the 2012 faire season. |
I have recently graduated high school. I was part of my school's dance team and was a student aide for the life skilled kids. I will be attending Austin Community College then transfer to Texas State University to become a life skills teacher. I also want to become a vet tech, Interpreter, and a dance instructor.
During Sherwood Forest Faire, Haleigh can be found roaming the grounds with her family's pirate clothing cart.
|Kathryn Boyer, Life Guard|
|Kathryn Boyer found her passion for swimming when her grandmother signed her up for swimming lessons at the age of four. Her enthusiasm for water propelled her to the position of captain of her high school swim team. Later she became a manager of the boy's high school team. She honed her leadership skills as a student ambassador for operation smile, traveling as far as China to promote the success of the organization. |
Kathryn is looking forward to providing a safe and fun water front environment for you camper.