“Leave everything better than you found it” - My mother
Colleen is a Houston-based theatre educator, actor, director, and non-profit manager.
At the young age of three, she could sing through the entire score of My Fair Lady and would put on shows every weekend with her friends and little brother in front of the fireplace. She first appeared on stage in Cinderella at the age of 5, and she never looked back after that. Since her acting debut, at a very young age, she has focused on becoming a theatre director and designer, a non-profit manager, and an advocate for arts education in Houston, TX.
Today, while she does not put on shows in front of her fireplace, she works to tell stories in all types of theatre spaces with actors and actresses from all walks of life. She has directed and designed shows for community theatres and academic institutions. She has taught improv, acting, singing and dancing classes as well as private lessons. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, and volunteering in the Houston community. She is up for any challenge and like her mom always says, she is always working to leave everything she works on, better than she found it.
Colleen holds a BA in Theatre from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she focused on Theatre Direction.
This will be Mrs. Duga's first year serving as head director for VTC and she can't wait to see what this year has in store for theatre at the Flagship!
She is a Fort Bend ISD native, having graduated from Kempner High School. She was heavily involved with Thespians during her time as a cougar, and even served as president of Troupe #4385. Mrs. Duga then attended Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies. After graduating, she spent several years working for Playmakers of Baton Rouge, a professional theatre for young audiences. She had always said that her dream would be to teach theatre at the high school level and pass on the passion that has made an incredible impact on her life. Once she returned home to Texas, she was able to take the first steps towards making that dream a reality by joining the FBISD team at the middle school level (MCMS & FSMS). As cheesy as it sounds, her dream came true when she was able to join the Viking Theatre Company as assistant director in 2018. She loves her job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
Outside of teaching, she likes to spend time with her husband, who teaches theatre at Garcia MS, and their two puppies, Winston and CeCe. They also like to play board games and catch up on their favorite TV shows. Whenever she gets the chance, she also enjoys going to see local theatre in Houston.