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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

Martha Hannah

Martha Hannah

Actress and zany comedian Martha Hannah performs as Maid Martha, Medieval Comedienne & Stand-Up Historian in "Tudors & Fleas & To Be or Not to Be," making the Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive! Her hilarious, irreverent look at village life and the Tudor reign is a unique show of medieval jokes, songs, ghost stories, multimedia, and audience participation, accompanied by recorded and live period music. Projected medieval images and art along with "The Ghost of Hampton Court" book illustrations on a stage set with Medieval banners complete the look of the production. With over twenty-six years' experience on many arts commissions' touring rosters, Martha's hilarity and charm evokes enthusiasm, laughter, and such glowing accolades as "Our audience was charmed by her genuine personality and delightful mischief!" and "She is a delight on and off stage!"

contact
Martha Hannah
PO Box 90834
Austin, TX  78709

phone 512/913-6263
fax /
e-mail marthahannah@cicadasun.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4000
school performance $600 - $2500
optional service author visit The Ghost of Hampton Court & Henry VIII $500 - $1200
website http://www.marthahannah.com

 

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart is highly regarded as one of Austin’s finest vocalists. She is noted by Austin Woman Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.” In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart produced (and she has performed in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2016. Pamela performs traditional, classic jazz standards, including the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and her own original songs. In addition to jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, R&B and gospel. For more information, music, videos, photos and performance schedule, visit www.pamelahart.com.

contact
Kevin Hart
3110 Castellano Way
Cedar Park, TX  78613

phone 512/751-0715
fax 512/258-7072
e-mail hartbeat@swbell.net
public performance/concert $300 - $10000
school performance $300 - $700
website http://www.pamelahart.com/

 

State Artist Sara Hickman

State Artist Sara Hickman

Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.

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Sara Hickman
3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite D-109 #300
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/443-2147
fax 512/443-1293
e-mail booksara@sarahickman.com
website http://www.sarahickman.com

 

The Hideout Theatre

The Hideout Theatre

The Hideout Theatre has been delighting child and teen audiences since 2007 with interactive improv shows. Their trained and talented improv actors take suggestions and incorporate them as they perform so the audience actively creates the story that is playing out in front of them. Everyone is fully engaged because they build the show-- from suggestions to sound effects to the occasional helper on stage-- it is truly their show, the actors just make it come to life. Programs meet several TEKS objectives and offer workshops and worksheets for extended learning. The company also offers shows for adults. The most popular show is "Fairly Silly Fairy Tales," where the actors take favorite fairy tales, the audience mixes them up, then the actors play out the hilarious results. In "Monster Families," Baby Monster believes in humans, but no one else in the monster family does. This interactive and silly evening with the monsters shows that everyone is welcome, even if they seem different. As this is an improv theatre group, they can work in other themes as requested.

contact
Jessica Arjet
617 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512/971-3311
fax /
e-mail jessica@hideouttheatre.com
public performance/concert $800 - $1800
school performance $500 - $1200
website http://www.hideouttheatre.com

 

History In Person

History In Person

Recipient of the 2008 Texas Council for the Social Studies "Friend of Social Studies Education" award, Bill Perryman is known throughout Texas for his historical portrayals of heroic figures in Texas and American history. Now in its seventeenth year, History In Person continues to inspire young audiences. An award-winning teacher, Mr. Perryman holds a master's degree in elementary education from Texas State University, administrator/mid-management certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has earned graduate studies coursework hours in historical research through the University of Virginia. Mr. Perryman is co-author of the newly published children's book, "From Lanterns to Liberty - The Story of Midnight Rider Paul Revere." Each forty-minute school performance by Mr. Perryman features an historical portrayal of a pivotal character in American history augmented by music, sound effects, archival images, and maps to create a multi-sensory experience. Programs include: Adventure on the Underground Railroad- The Stories of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman; Benjamin Franklin; Sam Houston; Thomas Jefferson; Meriwether Lewis; Abraham Lincoln; Paul Revere; George Washington; and William B. Travis at the Alamo - 1836!

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Billy Perryman
17314 Sable Landing
San Antonio, TX  78232

phone 210/494-8623
fax 210/494-8623
e-mail usahistory@earthlink.net
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.historyinperson.us

 

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

Warren Hood hails from the fertile musical grounds of Austin, Texas. The son of music legend Champ Hood, Warren began playing the violin at eleven, and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music. Warren became recognized as a virtuosic fiddler, and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer as a founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. Warren has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Warren tours extensively with the Waybacks and the BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo. The Warren Hood Band features Warren Hood on fiddle and vocals, Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and award-winning pianist and vocalist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, as well as bass and drums. Warren Hood can also appear as a solo and duo artist.

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Book Warren Hood
3005 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/577-1595
fax /
e-mail bookwarrenhood@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.warrenhood.com

 

Hope Stone

Hope Stone

Hope Stone Dance Company, a dance/theatre ensemble made of professional performers, was founded in 1997. Hope Stone is an organization with an emphasis on the presentation of authentic dance, music, theatre, and arts outreach to children, in keeping with their vision of art for all. Hope Stone's goal is presenting performance art in its varied ways, shapes, and forms, through the vibrant positive message of dance, music, and theatre. Hope Stone Dance has performed throughout the US with strong emphasis in Texas. "COMPANION PLANTING" is a series of different dances grown in close proximity to one another for pollination of ideas, providing an artistic habitat for creative creatures, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increasing art productivity. Companion planting is a form of primary education.

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Jane Weiner
2726 Bissonnet Street, Suite 240-513
Houston, TX  77005

phone 713/526-1907
fax 713/526-1833
e-mail jane@hopestoneinc.org
public performance/concert $2000 - $15000
school performance $300 - $2000
optional service optional service lecture-demo $300 - $2000
website http://www.hopestoneinc.org

 

Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet II is the dynamic second company to the acclaimed Houston Ballet, and is a wonderful choice for smaller communities yearning to present beautiful classical ballet at a reasonable cost, with modest technical demands. Houston Ballet II performs a wide array of dance works ranging from excerpts from stunning contemporary pieces to traditional classical ballets. HBII offers a touring repertory evening with a satisfying variety of classical and contemporary works. The program includes Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s "A Dance in the Garden of Mirth," a joyful ballet set to music from the 13th and 14th centuries. The repertoire also includes former Houston Ballet soloist Ilya Kozadayev’s lovely contemporary ballet "Molto Espressivo," choreographer Ma Cong’s vibrant "Calling," and excerpts from the traditional classic "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo: Amitava Sarkar

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Jennifer Steiner
601 Preston Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713/535-3259
fax 713/523-4038
e-mail jsteiner@houstonballet.org
public performance/concert $13000 - $15000
website http://www.houstonballet.org

 

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir

Regularly presenting concerts throughout the city, state and region, the Houston Boychoir has a reputation for artistic excellence. It is often featured with Houston's major performing arts organizations, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Bach Society, Opera in the Heights, and more. The boys perform down the street and around the world, and were recently presented in concert in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa as well as with the famed Drakensberg Boys Choir. The musical repertoire is widely varied and draws on literature from all styles, languages, and periods of music history. Audiences everywhere delight in their ephemeral sound and charming youthful exuberance. The Houston Boychoir concert program has portions of traditional liturgical music, historical in nature and "native" to singing boys. A second portion is devoted to contemporary music by current composers as well as folk music and world music that spans the globe in language and origin. A final portion of the concert is often a small staged work such as an abbreviated Broadway Musical, a one-act opera, or a theatrical work created for Houston Boychoir.

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Carole Nelson
PO Box 271342
Houston, TX  77277

phone 713/927-7979
fax 713/942-1968
e-mail houstonboychoir@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
website http://www.houstonboychoir.com

 

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera offers two touring programs serving children: Opera to Go! and Storybook Opera. Opera to Go! (OTG) delivers high-energy opera to schools, libraries, and community centers in a fully staged, 45-minute performance for grades pre-K through 8. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish. OTG brings costumes, sets, and beautiful music to life! Shows are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance. The 2015-16 season includes two operas, "The Velveteen Rabbit" (fall 2015) by Mary Carol Warwick and Kate Pogue and "The Puffed-Up Prima Donna" (spring 2016) by Mark Buller and Charles Anthony Silvestri. An engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for young children (pre-K through grade 2), Storybook Opera brings singing storytellers to schools and libraries for 30 minutes of captivating fun with opera-based books! English or bilingual programs are available weekdays or weekends by request.

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Dennis Arrowsmith
510 Preston St.
Houston, TX  77002-1504

phone 713/546-0231
fax 713/228-4355
e-mail darrowsmith@hgo.org
public performance/concert $50 - $1200
school performance $50 - $1200
optional service OTG overnight tour presentation $1000 - $2000
website http://www.houstongrandopera.org/hgoco

 

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Founded in 1995, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through the finest instruction and performance. With professional and youth dance companies, as well as a strong community outreach program, Met continues to be a leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community. Met Dance Company has performed throughout the United States in dozens of theaters, receiving high acclaim for performing works by some of the most influential and talented choreographers of our time. The MET Dance Center opened its doors to a newly renovated facility May 2013 in the Midtown district. MET Dance has over 35 works to tour as it celebrates it’s 20th Season being Houston’s premiere contemporary dance company. "The METdance’s gorgeous dancers push the choreography to its fullest and most generous capacity, while sharing the joy and electric verve of their craft with the audience." Adam Castaneda, Houston Press, June 4th, 2015. Photo: Ben Doyle.

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Marlana Doyle
PO Box 980457
Houston, TX  77098

phone 713/522-6375
fax 713/849-2766
e-mail marlana@metdance.org
public performance/concert $15000 - $25000
school performance $700 - $3000
optional service lecture $500 - $1500
website http://www.Metdance.org

 

Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 87 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 300,000 people, including over 80,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, places of worship, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for tour are performances of the orchestra’s multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: "The Planets" and "The Earth." Photo: Wilson Parish.

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Steven Brosvik
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713/224-1473
fax 713/224-0453
e-mail steven.brosvik@houstonsymphony.org
public performance/concert $50000 - $100000
school performance $15000 - $50000
website http://www.houstonsymphony.org

 

Hope Shiver

Hope Shiver

Hope Shiver, a former Miss Alabama and Miss Congeniality with the Miss International Beauty Pageant, is a native of Mobile, Alabama. Ms. Shiver's credits include commercials, films, solo performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston Grand Opera, Opera to Go, and the Eugene Opera. She has performed internationally in Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Egypt, Paris, Milan, Japan, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. School programs include: "Get On Board" (Harriet Tubman), "Sojourner!" (Sojourner Truth), "King Rhythm" (the history of African American music), and "The Opera Doctor." All school programs are multi-disciplinary and interactive, with audience participation. For adult audiences, Hope Shiver performs recitals, opera, and oratorio works as well as "Voices of Hope," an evening of portrayals of the famous African-American heroines Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Sissieretta Jones.

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Hope  Shiver
8723 Kirkland Drive
Houston, TX  77089

phone 281/481-0422
fax 281/481-0422
e-mail hopeshiver@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $800 - $4000
website none

 


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