Cliff McClelland – Lead Director

Cliff McClelland is the Director of the RHS Theatre Magnet Program. He has been teaching since 1992 and has been in Richardson since 1998. He hails from the University of Texas at Arlington where he received his Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  Cliff has written over 20 plays, 13 screenplays, and a novel and is a licensed pyrotechnician.



Erik Archilla – Acting Instructor and Professional

Erik Archilla graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Erik has been teaching at the Richardson High School Theatre Magnet for 5 years. He also teaches at Dallas Children’s Theatre. Outside of school Erik is an actor in the DFW area, with such credits as: Brian in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Water Tower Theatre; The Student in Ghost Sonata, Drama Club; Steven in The Line, Second Thought Theatre; Charlie in Summer Evening in Des Moines, STT; Tiny Tim in Mrs. Bob Cratchett’s Wild Christmas Binge, Richardson Theatre Center; Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Theatre Three; and Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, Dallas Shakespeare Festival. Erik is also a member of FTP Comedy, and an ensemble member of Second Thought Theatre. He has done voice over work for Funimation, OcraTron 5000, and commercial radio. Erik is represented by Kim Dawson Agency.



William Covington – Tech Theatre

William (Donny) Covington is a Dallas native with years of professional experience in the DFW theater scene. He has worked for almost every major and mid level theater company in Dallas in Technical Direction, Scenic Construction, Properties, Lighting, and Production. He serves as the Managing Producer at the Margo Jones theater in Fair Park, and is an Artistic Director for Nouveau 47 Theatre in Fair Park. He has also directed several professional productions around the metroplex, including The Gingerbread Lady by Neil Simon at Richardson Theatre Center, Celebration by Harold Pinter at Upstart Productions, and the world premier of Coyote by Kevin Kautzman at Nouveau 47 Theater. He works as a tireless advocate for new and unproduced theater in Dallas and abroad.


Derek George – Theatre & Tech Teacher

Derek George – Theatre & Tech Teacher

Raised by a pack of wild women in a one horse town where the horse got shot, Derek George couldn’t think of a better place to begin his journey as a teacher than at RHS Theatre Magnet. Derek’s high school teachers inspired him to inspire and cultivate young theatre artists. He was the lead in the inagural Texas Thespians All-State show of “Our Town.” Derek is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre. At SMU, Derek worked in the costume, lighting, and stage management departments as an assistant and a stage manager for major SMU Theatre productions. He also was an active member of SMU Student Theatre as a playwright, actor, director, and designer. He premiered his first play at SMU’s New Visions, New Voices play festival.