Decee Cornish is an oral historian, writer and storyteller providing multicultural programs for schools, festivals, libraries, and special events. He has over twenty years experience in storytelling and over 17 years experience in the secondary level classroom. He offers programs on Martin Luther King, Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, tall tales, fables, multicultural folklore, or curriculum related as needed. Mr. Cornish has performed nationally and provides workshops on writing for youth. His programs with at-risk populations have been recognized on both the local and national level. He presents the one-man stage play "To Love the Earth: George Washington Carver, the Wizard of Tuskegee" and the "Life and Times of Gator Bill," the Seminole Indian scout. Photo by Tonya Starks.
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX 78633
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $800 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $200
2018 Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Houston Resident Artist Program and 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Idea Fund grant recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was a 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken word in 2005. Bean also works with youth organizations from across the country such as Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and Tigertail Productions' 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak, in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the project coordinator/lead coach/mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self expression/literacy among Houston's youth through creative writing and performance. He also has a one-man show, "Converse," which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words. Photo by Pin Lim.
1127 Usener Street
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $700 - $1,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
Ruby Nelda Perez
Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theater performance artists in the nation. She is recognized for her solo performances, where she enchants, captivates, and delights audiences with her insightful portrayals of unforgettable characters. For over 30 years her performances have taken her from labor camps and prisons, to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum in New York. In 1999, the San Antonio Theatre Coalition awarded her with the Living Legend Award and in 2008 she was designated an NEA American Masterpieces touring artist. Ruby Nelda tours with two one-woman shows entitled "Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" and "Rosita’s Day of the Dead." These two bilingual comedies have been called "irresistible and irreverent." Surrounded by her piles of chiles, Ruby Nelda Perez dishes out plenty of laughs with some philosophical advice on the side. Rollicking laughter, heartfelt stories, and cultural pride ensue as Rosita cooks up flavorful food and stories. Photo by JPina.
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Pl.
San Antonio, TX 78228
public performance/concert $1,000 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $400
Ebony Stewart is an interdisciplinary theater artist and poet with over a decade of experience touring the US and abroad. She has been described as "visceral, unflinching, funny, honest and unapologetically herself" (Taji Senior) whose work "makes a canvas out of herself and is a beautiful gift we should embrace” (Elizabeth Cobbe). As a writer, performer, and emerging playwright, Ebony Stewart has performed internationally and in a total of 42 states, providing stages with her life's story as a black woman in America. She is known for taking terrible hurtful relatable stories and making them leap in captivating contrast. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her first one-woman show, Hunger. She won the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. She was also nominated for a Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and won the Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award. In 2017, Ebony debuted her second one-woman show, Ocean, and received rave reviews. Ocean won B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Outstanding Original Script. Both shows display Ebony’s smooth, confident and relaxed style while taking the audience on a emotional journey to healing. Photo by Christopher Diaz Photography.
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $800 - $1,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500
The Wonder Bread Years
A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" starring Pat Hazell is a fast-paced one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. The production not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids' table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere, and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "Milk-snorting funny!" Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer, and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC's "Seinfeld," a veteran of "The Tonight Show," a contributor to NPR, and a critically acclaimed playwright. Pat’s first endeavor, "Bunk Bed Brothers," was optioned by Columbia Pictures and filmed as the sitcom "American Pie" for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, "The Wonder Bread Years," aired on PBS and continues to tour the country. Pat teaches workshops and master classes for students of all ages/demographics. Photo by Andy Snow.
6407 Weatherwood Cv
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $6,000 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $800