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38 Years and Counting!

Navasota Theatre Alliance was founded in 1985 by Kim Parks as a grassroots effort to bring the joy of community theatre to Navasota and surrounding towns. Since the early 1990s, the Theatre has thrived as a non-profit organization in its donated historic downtown Navasota building at 105 W. Washington, called the Sunny Furman Theatre, becoming a respected, family-friendly entertainment venue.

Our Mission

Provide live theatre of superior quality, provide a nurturing home to practice our craft, educate and develop new talent, and to make an authentic and lasting connection with our audiences.

From Our President

I fell in love with the Navasota Theatre Alliance in 2010.  I actually was given a part in a play.  When I filled out my audition form it asked, “what other abilities do you have?”.  I checked the box for sewing.  I ended up sewing the skirt I wore in that performance, without a pattern.  I still find myself having to sew for the theatre from time to time.  I have sewn both the pants suits that, Bertha has worn in the Tuna plays we have put on.  I also dressed the actors in both those plays.  I have great memories of being backstage.  I met my best friend at NTA, we bonded backstage.  I have made so many friends at NTA.  The pandemic was hard on all of us.  We are happy to be back, I’m happy to be back. Volunteering at NTA has given me lots of joy.  I’ve told my husband numerous times that NTA is my happy place.  I would like to invite you to share my happy place.  Come see a play with us or volunteer, there is always room for new friends. 

Joyce Yorek
Navasota Theatre Alliance

Board of Directors

Joyce Yorek


Joyce Yorek works as Church Secretary and Children’s
Pastor at Faith Outreach Christian Center. Joyce has been over the Children's ministry at her church for 28 years. Joyce has been married to her husband, Michael for 22 years.  They both serve faithfully at their church on the leadership team.  Joyce has directed Lanterns & Legends and the Rising Star Camp for the past 2 years.  Michael and Joyce have one son, David, who is attending Prairie View A&M.

Laura Vaughn

Vice President

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Jessica McDuffie


Jessica McDuffie (Secretary) works as a Talent Analytics Consultant
for Hogan Assessments. Jessica is married to her wonderful husband, Scott. They love walking around their neighborhood with their son and dog.

Marylee Argueta


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Mark Taylor

Board Member

Mark Taylor is a native of Webberville, Texas, a farming community near Austin. He serves as Assistant Principal at John C. Webb Elementary in Navasota and is a part-time business and marketing instructor for Blinn College. Mark is also a professional writer and graphic designer. His logo designs through his company, Taylor Creative, have earned numerous national and international awards, and his written articles have appeared regularly in Insite magazine and Texas Living magazine. He is also a professional musician, actor, and director, and regularly directs shows for the Navasota Theatre Alliance. He has been a featured lead in productions at numerous theaters, and his one-man reading of A Christmas Carol, performed to sold-out audiences at The Old Post Office in Caldwell, Texas and the Eloia Theater in Calvert, Texas. He also starred as the title character in the award-winning short film, The Tenor. His original and commissioned musical works include Esther: For Such A Time As This, Corazon!, Santa’s Texas Christmas Vacation, Kronika, and Somewherehouse. He is currently writing a new Christmas musical, Yes, Virginia! There IS A Santa Claus, based on a true story. He is an avid James Bond memorabilia collector, and a Texas history enthusiast. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Navasota, where he serves on the praise team. He and his wife of 33 years, Beverly, live in rural Grimes County next door, where they keep bees and spend time with their grandchildren. 

Ethan Barcak

Board Member

Ethan is a local business owner of The NerdBee, Navasota WiFi and general manager of Classic Rock Coffee Co & Kitchen.  He is an active member in the community and volunteers on several boards. Ethan and his wife, Megan, have twins and enjoy walking around town, visiting parks, and supporting the community.

Grant Holt

Board Member

Grant Holt serves as the liaison on the NTA board between the City of Navasota. He recently retired from Navasota City Council after 16 years of service. Grant, a 7th generation to live in Grimes County, has been involved with NTA since 1987 on stage as well as a board member. He is the owner of Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home in Navasota.

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