Impande Ye Africa
Impande Ye Africa (meaning "The Root of Africa") is a production and performing arts company founded in 2012 that serves as an authentic African cultural arts theatre that provides activities throughout Houston and the U.S., educating the young and old in schools, colleges, libraries, civic halls, community centers, and festivals with entertaining educational programs. Impande Ye Africa strives to preserve the history and traditions of the continent of Africa, with an emphasis on southern African cultures. Impande presents performances in dance, theatre, music, and storytelling, donned in spectacular authentic costumes and props that represent different tribes of Africa. The Safari Concert consists of Impande’s mixed repertory which highlights southern African traditional and contemporary dances. Drumming Pupils is a program that is designed to help students learn drumming techniques in residency & workshops. Company members can also demonstrate gumboot dance, invented by mine workers in South Africa who incorporated the rubber boots into their body-slapping rhythms as a way of communication. The Ubuhle Bemvelo program uses songs, dances, drumming, and games which are energetic.
PO Box 771511
Houston, TX 77215
public performance/concert $3500 - $15000
school performance $850 - $2800
Indigenous Cultures Institute
***Artists covered by this listing are Mark Standing Eagle Baez, Cuicani In Xochitl, Dr. Mario Garza, Grupo Pakal, Michael Heralda, Kathy Lynn & Joe Copeland, Emma Ortega, Aaron Pyle, and Ramon Juan Vasquez, Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli.*** Indigenous Cultures Institute (ICI) offers a variety of Native American performers including storytellers; flute players; powwow dancers; Aztec and Mayan traditional dancers; visual artists who work with indigenous materials, symbols, and concepts for educational experiences; and traditional singers. ICI offers demonstrations and workshops on Native arts and crafts, comedic performers on Native issues, and unique indigenous poetry. ICI artists are amazing, professional, inspiring Native American performers of the highest caliber. Touring artists include individual Native American storytellers, traditional singers, flute players, and visual artists, all of whom can also provide workshops on these topics. Performers dress in traditional Native regalia and describe the significance of their garb. Dance companies representing Aztec and Mayan culture, and powwow dancers are frequently requested by promoters.
600 Boulder Bluff
San Marcos, TX 78666
public performance/concert $100 - $3000
school performance $50 - $500
For almost 20 years, Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and the author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate tales for all ages and stages. Donna will continue to expand her "Tall Tales and True" touring program, adding original lies that have now won her seven titles as the "Biggest Liar in Austin" and other stories that reflect the humor, history, and traditional folklore of the Lone Star State. She has begun to complement the stories with music as well. A flexible well-received program for all ages, it allows for multicultural elements and geographic scope.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $600 - $1200
school performance $450 - $900
optional service festivals $1500 - $3000
optional service after-dinner speaking $500 - $1000
Over the past decade, InterActive Theater has produced over 50 original plays, specifically written to teach history, science, biography, folklore, world culture, and literature. They have performed for students from over 250 schools in every school district in the greater Houston area and reach over 60,000 children each year. The company has also traveled around southern Texas with several of their programs. With innovative and original scripts and an improvisational performance style, InterActive Theater strives to be the arts experience that delights children and adults at the same time. InterActive Theater Company has been awarded Best Professional Children's Theater by the Southwest Theater Association. InterActive Theater is offering 3 plays for touring. "Meet The Presidents of the United States of America" begins in a time when kings ruled the world, then proceeds through each Presidents term until today. The play features our first four Presidents, Washington, Adams, Jefferson & Madison as super heroes, the Civil War as a football game and teaches about the electoral process. In "Goldilocks & the Three Plays," Goldilocks teaches how to tell a story, facing off with the 3 Bears, Billy Goats, Blind Mice and Pigs. "Rabbit Tales" is a fast paced interpretation of 4 famous stories about Rabbits: Peter Rabbit, Peter Cottontail, Brer Rabbit & the Velveteen Rabbit.
1548 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
public performance/concert $650 - $900
school performance $650 - $900
optional service commissions $500 - $1200
optional service camps $125 - $350
The Intergalactic Nemesis
The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel trilogy is a touring theatrical production based in Austin that tells a series of sci-fi adventure stories in a unique live theatrical format. Book One premiered at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts in September 2010, Book Two premiered in 2012, and Book Three in 2014. The shows began touring in 2011. Since that time, they have played more than 100 venues worldwide and have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, TBS's CONAN with Conan O'Brien, PBS's Arts In Context, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other media outlets. "The Intergalactic Nemesis Live Action Graphic Novel" is a trilogy of plays entitled Target Earth, Robot Planet Rising, and Twin Infinity. Each show tours independently and each is 120 minutes long (including intermission), telling a period adventure story. In performance comic-book artwork is projected panel-by-panel on a movie screen while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform the voices, sound effects, and music live.
2318 Canterbury St.
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $12000 - $18000
school performance $2500 - $6000
Ire'ne Lara Silva
Ire'ne Lara Silva is the author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) which received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan. Her most recent collection of poetry is Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, January 2016). ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, as well as a Macondo Workshop member and CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow. ire’ne will be reading from her work, including her three published books, furia, flesh to bone, and Blood Sugar Canto, and using those texts to engage audiences in far-ranging discussions about family, trauma, grief, violence, our bodies, the Texas-Mexico border and its folklore, diabetes and illness, indigenous/Latino culture and history, the importance of artistic expression, and healing of all kinds—physical, emotional, and communal. Groups of diverse ages and backgrounds have responded emotionally and enthusiastically.
Ire'ne Lara Silva
2502 E. Oltorf St. #1527
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $250 - $2000
school performance $250 - $2000
optional service manuscript consultations/per individual $50 - $600