Whirligig Team


Tim Thomas
  • Programmer 92%
  • Playwright 36%
  • Knee Bouncer 100%

Tim Thomas

Senior Programmer

Tim Thomas is a senior developer with Unity Technologies, makers of the Unity game engine. Tim is also a playwright and theater producer. He has been a programmer and a member of Austin-based theater company Loaded Gun Theory for over 18 years. Recently, the rest of his company let him start merging technology and performance – introducing a drone-with-a-live-camer-feed as a character in the play “Metal Queen: Kneel Before Her Dark Majesty”. The work on “Metal Queen…” led to developing much of the technology for Whirligig‘s production of “Deus Ex Machina” and he is looking forward to continued merging of live performance, choice, and augmented reality.

Tim also has a small boutique theater ticketing company – BuyPlayTix, where he experiments with new ways to sell boring old tickets. Because you can’t do enough in a day.

Liz Fisher
  • Playwriting 75%
  • Directing 90%
  • Bad Ass 100%

Liz Fisher

Co-Artistic Director

Liz Fisher is an interdisciplinary theater artist based in Austin. For the past fourteen years, she has worked as an actor, director, writer, and producer with some of Austin’s most lauded companies. She is an award winning actress, with multiple nominations for B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table awards. As an award winning playwright, she has been invited to residencies across the country to develop new plays that focus on transmedia storytelling. Liz’s directing work centers on new plays and exciting reimaginings of classic texts. She is an Associate Member of SDC and recently won the National SDC Directing Award, in conjunction with the Kennedy Center, which also garnered her a fellowship to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Liz has presented at SXSW Interactive and academic conferences on her work in blending technology and theater and was a visiting guest artist for Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts. In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Liz is also a successful arts manager who has run arts incubators, produced five play cycles, and managed interdisciplinary, new work festivals. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for Shakespeare at Winedale and a MFA Directing Candidate at Texas State University.

Robert Matney
  • Technology Design 85%
  • Producing Stuffs 35%
  • Messy Hair 100%

Robert Matney

Co-Artistic Director

Robert Matney is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig, Chief Operating Officer of Polycot Associates, Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, and an award-winning stage/voice actor and director with various companies.

Robert is a regular event presenter and key speaker about the intersection of performing art, game mechanics, network technology, and the web, including regular appearances at SXSW Interactive and the Blackfriars Conferences.