For over 20 years, Gwen Caldwell has enjoyed sharing stories with groups of all ages at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences throughout the country. Often using music and audience participation, she enlivens stories from around the world as well as original and personal tales. Gwen has developed a series of adult programs entitled, "Stories for the Second Half of Life," and recently recorded a CD of personal stories titled "The Lime Green Truck and Other Stories of Remembrance." Whether for young or old, Gwen loves to create programs that leave her listeners wanting more! A large repertoire allows Gwen to create customized programs for each booking. School Programs are made of story sets for each grade level with follow-up activities designed to meet specific academic objectives. Most programs include multicultural folktales, legends, and original stories. Gwen's orangutan puppet, "RubyLu," helps her tell to younger children. Adult programs can include personal, humorous, inspirational, and seasonal stories in addition to "stories for the second half of life." Gwen includes music and audience participation in most programs.
2609 Sherrill Park Dr.
Richardson, TX 75082
phone 972/231-4469; 214-497-9315
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $250 - $800
optional service workshop $250 - $750
optional service lecture $300 - $850
The Carranzas are a husband and wife team. They delight in working with children in the schools and in bringing children’s literature to life through the puppetry arts. They strive to stay true to children's literature by not fracturing stories. Mr. and Mrs. Carranza started out in puppetry as a hobby in 1977. They are founding members of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild and serve as officers, and are also members of The Puppeteers of America. They have performed and lectured at Puppeteers of America festivals and at various regional puppetry festivals throughout the country. The lavish costumes, sets, and the beautiful marionettes all add to the wonder and magic of Carranza Puppets’ productions. The plays, for the most part, have original, fully orchestrated music. "Hansel and Gretel" (2015-2016 season) is a marionette play based on the original German fairy tale. "Cinderella" (2016-2017 season) is a marionette production with gorgeous period costumes and original music. The Carranzas also have other classic stories from children's literature in their repertoire.
12514 Maxim Drive
Houston, TX 77065
public performance/concert $729 - $1500
school performance $529 - $1500
optional service consultant $500 - $1000
optional service workshops $250 - $500
State Artist Rosemary Catacalos
Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $700 - $3000
school performance $300 - $700
optional service workshop fees negotiable $ - $
Javier Chaparro is a virtuoso violinist born in Lima, Peru, who settled in Austin in the mid-1980s. While embedded in the classical world of the symphony and performing as a solo guest artist in Europe and the western continents, he became enamored with the fertile singer/songwriter culture of his new home. The influence of Texas/American songwriters and the lingering influence of great folk performers of his native Peru opened a creative faucet as a singer/songwriter. His voracious appetite for American music lead him to perform with local musicians, spanning the musical spectrum from country to jazz. With his band Salúd, Javier Chaparro performs original material blending Peruvian folk music with a rich assortment of sounds Javier has absorbed from classical and Texas music. Javier continues to perform classical music as a guest artist of symphonies worldwide, as well as touring and recording with his bands Los Romanceros and Salúd. Javier is available to perform with a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
Chaski is what you get when you take a virtuosic flute/harp duo, add a colorful collection of flutes and harps from around the world, and explore music to include them all. For almost 30 years Chaski has toured with repertoire ranging from the Mozart Flute/Harp Concerto, to Bolivian huayños, Scottish strathspeys, tunes from Playford's "The English Dancing Master" (published in 1651), and world premieres of new works. Chaski frequently works in collaboration with solo artists, choirs, and, most recently, with a modern dance company, accompanying the dancers and performing alongside them. Touring offerings include: (1) choral collaboration- Chaski specializes in accompanying the choral works of acclaimed Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, including Misa criolla, Navidad nuestra, and Misa por la paz y la justicia; (2) modern dance collaboration- Chaski joins award-winning modern dance company Psophonia onstage for an interactive music/dance performance. (3) concerts- Chaski performs from its eclectic, multi-genre repertoire. Concert programs may include Latin American and Celtic folk music, contemporary works, and early music. Chaski: flutes, harps, & the whole world to play in!
PO Box 29807
Austin, TX 78755
public performance/concert $2400 - $6000
school performance $600 - $2400
optional service choral concerts $1200 - $6000
optional service lecture-demo $600 - $2400
Is she a puppeteer? A ventriloquist? A storyteller? A comedian? A singer? A magician? A clown? Margaret Clauder is all that and more. Margaret puts fun and humor into every one of her children’s shows. Children laugh as they learn important points such as what a rhyming word is or that books can be fun. Trained in theater, her puppetry and ventriloquism skills will entice children to pay close attention as magic and mayhem ensue. A former teacher, Margaret knows kids and knows how to reach them, never boring them. She has over 20 years of experience entertaining and educating children. All programs include storytelling, puppets, and ventriloquism. Available programs include: Reading and Rhyming with Mother Goose, Let's Read with THE Bookworm, I Detect a Tale with Detective Imma Sleuth, Fiesta de Mexico with Senorita Margarita, Weather Wonders with Maggie the Meteorologist, and Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie. All programs tie in with children's books to promote literacy. All programs utilize Margaret's artistic skills of puppetry and ventriloquism, and may include storytelling, music, and special effects (magical moments). For public schools TEKS-aligned study plans are provided.
916 Wayland Drive
Arlington, TX 76012
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $495 - $895
optional service after school balloon sculpture workshop $200 - $300
Conspirare is an Austin-based professional choir led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare has sung in many Texas and US locations and in Europe, garnering international recognition. In 2005 Conspirare received Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and in 2008 represented the US at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen. Conspirare’s recordings have received five GRAMMY® nominations and the Netherlands' Edison Award. Conspirare has a broad repertoire, so specific programming may be negotiated. Examples include: (1) "Conspirare Christmas"- Multi-work seasonal program that mixes sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, classical and pop in Craig Hella Johnson's signature "collage" programming performed a cappella with 1 percussionist;(2) Mixed repertoire program- Multiple works across genres, composers, and time periods, can be somewhat customized. Instrumentation varies; and (3) Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, performed a cappella. The easiest opportunities for bookings typically require proximity to Conspirare’s mainstage season performances.
505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 155
Austin, TX 78752
public performance/concert $10000 - $20000
school performance $8000 - $10000
Juan and Federico Longoria formed their own musical group in 1998, now known as "Conteño." In June 2007, Juan was named the 1st-place winner at "The Big Squeeze" accordion competition held by Texas Folklife in Houston. This accomplishment is featured in a documentary, "The Big Squeeze," filmed by Hector Galan and broadcast nationally on PBS television stations. Federico has been recognized as a guest bajo sexto recording artist numerous times, notably his recording of the hit single "Amor y Dolor" with Siggno. Conteño performs traditional and modern conjunto, tejano, and norteño music.
5103 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78521
public performance/concert $1500 - $2500
school performance $1000 - $2500
CORE Performance Company
CORE Performance Company, a professional contemporary dance company founded by Artistic Director Sue Schroeder in 1980, tours nationally and internationally, collaborates with innovative artists in all disciplines, and creates compelling and original dances that evolve through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration. As an artist and dynamic participant in the community, Schroeder believes it is essential to develop and nurture a meaningful connection to our work and has created a diverse range of well-integrated residency activities. CORE Performance Company has been acclaimed in performance and residencies in the US, Canada, Holland, Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, France, and the Republic of Georgia. CORE Performance Company currently offers original full-length and mixed-bill works by Sue Schroeder ("Still," "Secret," "Monochrome in Black, White and Gray," "Walk," "Gaman"), Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer ("The Liberated Accident," "A world too wide"), Lori Teague ("I felt my life with both hands"), and Becky Valls ("Web"). The most recently premiered "Walk," a labyrinth dance with lanterns, and "Gaman," a richly-layer performance that expresses the sorrow and joy, confinement and liberation experienced by interned Japanese-American citizens during WWII, can be adapted for every scale and audiences of any size. We invite you to explore the possibilities with us. Photo: John Ramspott.
PO Box 66008
Houston, TX 77266
public performance/concert $5000 - $12500
school performance $900 - $1200
optional service week-long residency with multiple activities $10000 - $25000
Born in Texas and raised in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Decee Cornish joined the military and served over a decade, traveling and attending colleges and universities worldwide. In the process, he experienced different cultures and learned their stories. Decee began to tell stories to disadvantaged and at-risk children at a non-profit youth facility, using stories to teach and motivate. He continued his work through the I have A Dream Foundation and the Stop the Violence campaign. In 2004 the President's Commission on the Arts and the Humanities recognized his work with the "Coming Up Taller" award to the Creative Solutions Summer Program. For over 17 years, Decee has told stories and entertained nationally. Programs include: "Fun and Adventures with Decee"- A fun, informative, and entertaining program about the folklore, stories, and cultures of people from around the globe; "Great People of Color," a secondary school program that shares stories of great men and women of color in world culture; special event/curriculum-related programming for Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, US history, tall tales, Black history, festivals, PTAs, traditional and non-traditional holiday events.
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX 78633
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $300 - $700
Sarah Cortez, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has had hundreds of poems, essays, and short stories published and anthologized. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut poetry collection is entitled "How to Undress a Cop." An award-winning editor of six anthologies, her most recent is "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence." Texas Review Press recently published her memoir, "Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston," and her second poetry collection, "Cold Blue Steel." She lives, works, and runs a thriving freelance editing business in Houston, Texas, where she is Houston's most popular writing teacher. Programs include Aliens, Beasts, Creatures: The ABCs of Writing Imaginary Critters- specific exercises make it quick and fun to create imaginary critters (ages 10 to adult). With Let's Find A Poem, participants enjoy a stroll while creating a found poem (ages 8 to 15). The Power and Pizazz of Personal Story leads participants in writing special stories from their own lives (teens-adults). How To Begin Writing My Memoir teaches the basics of memoir writing to keep you focused (teens-adults.) Sarah also gives poetry readings for teens-adults.
2505 Driscoll Street
Houston, TX 77019-0676
public performance/concert $380 - $1275
school performance $380 - $1275
optional service half-day workshop $730 - $1525
optional service full-day workshop $940 - $1735
Chris Espinosa is a published author who despised writing as a child. Lackluster language arts lessons in elementary school stifled Espinosa’s creativity and destroyed any desire for writing. Later he discovered how the interactive nature of improvisation motivated him to write... and enjoy it! This revelation prompted him to develop Dynalogues!, an improvisational writing presentation. His energetic and humorous methods inject excitement into the writing process. Today, his mesmerizing performances inspire young writers to take control of any idea and create colorful chronicles. Espinosa's dynamic writing experience empowers students with the confidence to write. Improvisation and storytelling techniques inspire small writing groups as they collaborate on a rough draft for an original narrative or expository essay. Students also engage in dynamic lessons designed to help develop ideas, voice, and word choice. Everyone, especially the reluctant writers, discover that writing is exciting and can be simply defined by one rule: “If you can THINK it, you can INK it.”
2104 Old York Dr.
Keller, TX 76248
public performance/concert $125 - $650
school performance $400 - $950
optional service residency services $1650 - $3250
“Rapier wit with a mesmerizing voice,” says the Dallas Observer, "Colleen Mallette is charming audiences from Manhattan to Scotland." She is a favorite with orchestras as well as cabaret venues. Ms. Mallette discovered her funny bone with her spoof “How to Birth a Song!”, deliciously sacrificing music’s most sacred cows. Ms Mallette is a former, Musical Awakenings artist for The Cliburn and on the TCU faculty. In 2016 she will perform for, Austin’s Frontera Fest, Willcox Theater in Arizona, and directing opera scenes in Wisconsin for young professionals. Touring programs include: How to Birth a Song! Exhale as Colleen tweaks opera’s sacred cows with irreverent frivolity; Evenings in Paris- Revel in the ambiance of Paris complete with strolling violin, Edith Piaf, and more--you add the chocolat (Ideal in gallery or museum venue); La Danza Fiesta! Colleen y amigos percolate passion! Ready to tango? Audiences close this show with a conga line; and Insert your City Here! Allow the High C Diva to create entertainment for a Kickoff, fundraiser, or gala with grace, humor, and style—customized for your organization.
3751 Trail Lake
Fort Worth, TX 76109
public performance/concert $1500 - $4000
school performance $350 - $600
optional service directing and script writing $650 - $1000
Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage as an author and through the performing art of storytelling. Her most recent book is Barrio Princess: Growing up in Texas. She conducts workshops for children and adults and offers other customized presentations like keynotes, after dinner speeches, and special events like literacy nights. Consuelo’s work distinctly relates her Mexican heritage with its important historical multicultural influence. Her unique storytelling style includes multilingual blends woven in multicultural folktales, folklore, legends/myths, personal, and historical stories. Props, musical "noise" makers, and special costuming with shawls enhance her presentations. Her repertoire of varied life experiences and perspectives, as a native and foreigner, relates with audiences of all ages. Touring programs like "The Cuentos Celebration" includes Hispanic Texas legends, personal stories, and creation myths or legends as they relate to Hispanic heritage. The celebration of cuentos or stories may also include European-influenced stories. The "World Medley" programs uniquely include bilingual blends, often including English and Spanish, German, French, Latin, and Chinese phrases. Photo: Bobbi Sale.
521 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. #202
Harker Heights, TX 76548-1305
public performance/concert $250 - $1500
school performance $250 - $1500
optional service festivals, theatre $500 - $1200
optional service keynotes, workshops,speeches $500 - $1250
Working for over three decades in theatre, and performing extensively for the last 15 years in the upper Midwest, actor/comedienne/writer Charlene Hudgins has returned to Texas with her acclaimed, tour-de-force one-woman show "Charlene Shakespeare." Her passion for Shakespeare stems from the first production she saw as a child, and grew from there. She has spent extensive time at the Globe Theatre in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's hometown, and she has been in or directed many of his works. She has been a comedy writer/performer in several states, has won numerous regional acting awards, and has performed in several solo shows. "Charlene Shakespeare" takes the audience on a visually-stunning, multimedia, interactive journey through Charlene's own Shakespearean repertoire. Classic monologues and hilarious anecdotes from working on Shakespeare's plays combine with snippets on history and literature, creating a whole historical and theatrical experience. Charlene's mission statement, "taking the fear out of Shakespeare," has audience members commenting enthusiastically, "I never knew Shakespeare could be so fun!" and "this was so perfect for my students!"
408 Azalea Ave.
Orange, TX 77630
public performance/concert $750 - $1250
school performance $550 - $1050
optional service historical public presentation $300 - $800
A musical force evoking the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wonderland embodies the Texas blues tradition. As a teenager in Houston, she learned from Gulf Coast blues giants like Little Screamin' Kenny. Her breakthrough album release was 2008's Miss Understood, on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records. From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's legendary performances, recordings, and songwriting confirm the unique power of the Texas blues tradition, and its promising future under her stewardship. Wonderland performs mostly original compositions in concert, adding a few rarer gems from the Texas blues tradition by artists such as Janis Joplin, Little Screamin' Kenny, Vince Welnick, and Rick Derringer. She is accompanied by Austin natives Cole El-Saleh (keyboards and bass) and Rob Hooper (drums). Together the trio performs a riveting musical presentation full of dynamics, inspiring vocals, and stirring instrument solos.
PO Box 104
Austin, TX 78767
phone 512/444-9885 x 122
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $1200 - $4500