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Tomball Independent School District

TMHS Theatre Director Bryce Ballew Honored with the 2023 Texas Thespian Golden Apple Award

TMHS Theatre Director Bryce Ballew Honored with the 2023 Texas Thespian Golden Apple Award
Bryce Ballew Golden Apple Award

DALLAS — Tomball Memorial High School Theatre Director Bryce Ballew was recently honored with the 2023 Texas Thespian Golden Apple Award, announced by the Texas Thespian Board of Directors.

Ballew brings 25 years of experience as an educator in theatre arts and of those 25 years, he has dedicated 16 years to educating fine arts students in Tomball ISD. 

The Golden Apple Award was established to honor individuals who have 10 or more years of service by dedicating themselves to promoting Texas educational theatre. Ballew was one of two recipients in 2023 to be awarded the Golden Apple honor and was chosen for his dedication to theatre performance in Texas and to the aims and ideals of the Educational Theatre Association, as well as contributions to continued standards of excellence in Texas theatre.

Ballew was honored most recently at the Texas Thespian Educator Conference, January 12-14, in Rockwall, Texas.

“Robert ‘Bryce’ Ballew is one of the most dedicated and talented teachers in Tomball,” said Tomball ISD Director of Fine Arts JD Janda. “His passion for student success and program excellence is remarkable. We are fortunate to have him as a member of the Fine Arts team!”

Texas Thespians is the largest chapter in the nation of the Educational Theatre Association which sponsors the International Thespian Society. As an educational honor society, we are dedicated to honoring excellence in theater by encouraging and improving the skills of theatre  students and their educators throughout the state of Texas. 

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates nearly 22,000 students at 22 campuses.


  • 2022-2023
  • Fine Arts
  • TMHS
  • Theatre