Violet O'Valle/Violetta O'Valle

Lyricist Playwright

Violet has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Houston, and a Masters and PhD. in British and American Literature from Texas A&M University. She has enjoyed a long and varied career in theatre and education, and is presently founding director of Pantagleize Theatre Co. in Fort Worth, Texas and Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at Tarrant County College.

As Artistic Director of Pantagleize Theatre she has produced and/or directed over forty plays during a period of  twelve years, and is presently presiding over a Reader's Theatre group that brings newly published works of fiction and poetry to life through staged readings in libraries, churches, and schools. Pantagleize Theatre Co. was award the Critics Choice Award for best theatre group in the Fort Worth area in 2012 by the Fort Worth Weekly newspaper.

Violet currently has six completed plays, three of which have been produced, and three others ready and waiting. She enjoys a theatrical presence in Ireland as well as one in the United States, and her play More Dear Than Gold, about the early Irish colonies that settled the Texas Coastal Bend premiered at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival in Monasterevan, Ireland, and enjoyed other productions at the Irish American celebration in Moneygall, Ireland and on the Fort Worth Water Gardens stage. Her adaptation of Carlo Gozzi's The King Stag was produced in 2012, as was The Christmas Cabin, a fantasy/drama set on a South Texas ranch. The King Stag has since been re-adapted into a Panto play, The King Stag of the Fairy Forest, and reset in Ireland.

Violet wrote both her Masters thesis and doctoral dissertation on the plays of Sean O'Casey, and Irish theatre has been her special passion every since. She completed a directing seminar at the University of Limerick, under the tutelage of Wayne Jordan, then an associate director at the famed Abbey Theatre. Her production of Cock-A-Doodle Dandy at the Fort Worth Community Arts Sanders Theatre welcomed Shivaun O'Casey, the playwright's daughter, who came all the way from Devon, England as a special guest and commentator.

In addition to playwrighting, Violet has published widely in the field of Irish literature in such publications as The Irish Times (Dublin), Eire-Ireland, Literature and Language, and  The Sean O'Casey Annual. Her reminisce detailing the trials  of establishing a theatre dedicated to producing international drama appeared in The Langdon Review of the Arts. She is a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and in 2018 shared the research she gathered on the Irish Texans during a forum at the University of Cork. Her bi-monthly column, Onstage, which appeared in the Handley Herald, a supplement of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, for over two years explored general topics related to theatre and had asits core purpose the promotion of responsible critical thought, devoid of self-promotion.

Violet is a proponent of the positive approach to theatre espoused by Michael Chekhov and has studied with famed instructor Lisa Dalton. She believes strongly that beauty and wonder are the essential atttributes of the theatre and therefore includes little and big doses of magical realism and fantasy in each of her plays. She affirms that there are as many world views as there are viewers of the world, and eschews any cheap tendency to use theatre to polarize or dictate. Sean O'Casey and Oscar Wilde are her imaginary friends, and she talks with them every single day.