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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

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean

Outspoken Bean has been called a "Brilliant writer" (Robert Wilson), and a "phenomenal" (Ewan McGregor) "dynamic performer" (The Short Horn) whose "words hit with the sustained force of a young James Earl Jones" (Artnet Magazine). As a writer, performer, TEDx speaker, and emerging playwright, Bean has traveled the world performing his original works and inspiring young people to give voice to their own creativity. Ranked 9th in the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Bean has worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Writers in the Schools, and Houston Grand Opera, among others. He’s the lead coach for the teen slam team Meta-Four Houston. Bean is a performance and slam poet who does original work. 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.

contact
Emanuelee Bean
1127 Usener
Houston, TX  77009

phone 210/415-7148
fax /
e-mail Outspokenbean210@gmail.com
public performance/concert $700 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service performance of $700 - $1500
website none

 

Bike Zoo

Bike Zoo

The Bike Zoo unveiled its first creations at the First Night Austin 2005 street festival on New Year’s Eve. The Bike Zoo has grown very rapidly and we now see the one-of-a-kind hand-built creations wandering the grounds of international festivals along with many educational trips into schools and museums in the US and Mexico. Bike Zoo took part in Austin’s sister city Saltillo’s International Parade and Festival July of 2015. Millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo since its inception and the group looks forward to visiting every city and representing Texas proudly! The Bike Zoo presents a magical show for people of all ages, a unique addition to any festival or event, or as a placemaking option for a public space, environmental, arts, or science event. The ever-growing menagerie of hand-built creatures can act as a stage or a mobile activity booth, and seats many people, including guests with special needs. Photo: New York Hall of Science.

contact
Roggie Baer
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX  78722

phone 512/554-4004
fax /
e-mail roggie@rajiworld.com
public performance/concert $5000 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $15000
website http://www.austinbikezoo.org/

 

Carranza Puppets

Carranza Puppets

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.

contact
Carol Carranza
12514 Maxim Drive
Houston, TX  77065

phone 281/890-5210
fax 281/890-5210
e-mail carranza62@juno.com
public performance/concert $729 - $1500
school performance $529 - $1500
optional service consultant $500 - $1000
optional service workshops $250 - $500
website http://www.CarranzaPuppets.com

 

Margaret Clauder

Margaret Clauder

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.

contact
Margaret Clauder
916 Wayland Drive
Arlington, TX  76012

phone 817/980-1760
fax 817/274-2123
e-mail margaret@mcpshows.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $495 - $895
optional service after school balloon sculpture workshop $200 - $300
website http://www.mcpshows.com

 

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater has been named one of the top five professional theaters for youth and families in the United States by both American Theater and Time magazines. Now in its 31st season, DCT continues its mission to produce quality theater designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education. The acclaimed national touring company now travels internationally with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythologies, and folktales. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. For the 2014-2015 season, DCT will tour "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," based on the popular book. Under consideration for 2015-2016 is "James and the Giant Peach." Out of Roald Dahl's incredible imagination (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) comes an amazing adventure of a boy and his fantastical friends. When a bag of magical "mysterious things" super-sizes a peach and a group of bugs, James begins a journey across the ocean that will happily change his life forever.

contact
Sally Fiorello
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX  75231

phone 214/978-0110
fax 214/978-0118
e-mail sally.fiorello@dct.org
public performance/concert $7500 - $14000
school performance $7500 - $30000
website http://www.dct.org

 

The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre (TET) was founded in 1976 to preserve African-American artistic expression. TET produces a mainstage season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African-American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Theatre programs benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity and culture. The Ensemble's touring program provides live performances for students in schools, churches, and community organizations. Curriculum materials are designed to enhance the impact of the program and link plays to specific TEKS and STEAM. Touring performances include "Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit," adapted by TET founder George Hawkins, a fun-packed story of African-American folklore and American popular culture. "I, Barbara Jordan," by Celeste Bedford Walker, explores Jordan’s journey to greatness and those who inspired her. "The Rosa Parks Story" by Jonathan Blum details her story in her own words. See website for additional plays.

contact
Eileen Morris
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX  77002-9529

phone 713/520-0055
fax 713/520-1269
e-mail ejmorris@ensemblehouston.com
public performance/concert $300 - $20000
school performance $750 - $895
website http://www.ensemblehouston.com

 

Express Children's Theatre

Express Children's Theatre

Since 1991, Express Children’s Theatre has been creating and presenting professional, culturally diverse performing arts designed to entertain, educate, and enrich young lives. Each season includes stories that excite the imagination, raise the spirit, and bring our favorite fictional characters to life. Created and performed by Houston’s finest theatre artists, Express productions teach life lessons by looking at familiar themes in new ways. The company strives to honor the curiosity and complexity of young minds and seeks to engage and excite them as they learn and participate. From folklore and fascinating fiction to stories of perseverance and personal triumph, six fully produced new works and adaptations of classics are created and performed each season by Houston’s finest theatre artists. Reflecting the rich cultural diversity of Texas, these stories span the globe in location and imagination. Express is primarily a touring company, with a truly multicultural approach to children’s theatre that has long been the hallmark of its productions and educational programs.

contact
Tim Fried-Fiori
446 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX  77092

phone 713/682-5044
fax 713/682-5033
e-mail executivedirector@expresstheatre.com
public performance/concert $595 - $3000
school performance $595 - $3000
optional service workshops $500 - $1500
website http://www.expresstheatre.com

 

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!"

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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

 

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!

contact
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

 

InterActive Theater

InterActive Theater

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.

contact
Robb Brunson
1548 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX  77008

phone 713/862-7112
fax /
e-mail iact@interactivetheater.org
public performance/concert $650 - $900
school performance $650 - $900
optional service commissions $500 - $1200
optional service camps $125 - $350
website http://www.interactivetheater.org

 

The Intergalactic Nemesis

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.

contact
Jason Neulander
2318 Canterbury St.
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/739-9769
fax /
e-mail jason@theplanetzygon.com
public performance/concert $12000 - $18000
school performance $2500 - $6000
website http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com

 

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette’s repertoire of storybook classics and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Known for its theaters operating from 1990-2004 in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Le Theatre’s DFW-based touring company performs in a multitude of small and large venues from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, civic centers, and festivals. Featuring one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, Le Theatre’s cabaret and bridge performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to round out the Le Theatre experience. Clients select online from among three levels, or tiers, of shows such as storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Levels I and II offer cabaret, or open stage performances characterized by visible, black-clad puppeteers. Larger venues might opt for the company's bridge productions, featuring long-strung marionettes, sets and drops and stage lighting. All Le Theatre puppets are designed and crafted in Flower Mound, Texas by numerous artists.

contact
Kent Williams
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207

phone 469/744-3436; 214-761-SHOW
fax 972/874-0003
e-mail kabukimankent@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $475 - $3000
school performance $475 - $950
website http://geppettostheater.com

 

The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre

Find out what over 2 million children and their families have discovered - a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theatre with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Want to take your students on a journey but can’t afford the rising cost of buses? Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children ages 3–18. At the host facility, the only thing the shows require is an empty space. The Magik Theatre will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a large variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias to gymnasiums. Magik Theatre touring offerings include their current national tour production "Jungle Book" and local tour productions of "Pirate Pete’s Story Ship", "Dr. Krashunbang", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Three Little Pigs", "Goldilocks", and our special Theatre for the Very Young (5 years and younger) "Wake Up, Brother Bear!". Each offering is literature-based and easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo: David Frank for ArtGives.

contact
Lilly Canaria
420 S Alamo
San Antonio, TX  78205

phone 210/227-2751; 210-683-5089
fax 210/227-2753
e-mail lilly@magiktheatre.org
public performance/concert $300 - $800
school performance $300 - $600
optional service CPE workshop $300 - $700
website http://www.magiktheatre.org

 

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater has a long history of touring plays based on children’s literature, Shakespeare works, and issue-oriented pieces throughout the state. Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater reaches over 130,000 children, educators, and families yearly through their resident and touring productions. Tours include a short question and answer session with the students as well as a photo opportunity, following each performance. The company also provides free educational materials for teachers and students to supplement the learning experience. For the 2015-2016 season, Main Street Theater will tour "Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans," based on the book "Magic Tree House: A Good Night for Ghosts" by Mary Pope Osborne, and targeted to elementary age children.

contact
Arianna Day
PO Box 524020
Houston, TX  77052

phone 713/524-9196
fax 713/520-7581
e-mail arianna@mainstreettheater.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3000
school performance $800 - $3000
optional service character visits $175 - $175
website http://www.mainstreettheater.com

 

Ruby Nelda Perez

Ruby Nelda Perez

Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theatre 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 chilies, 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.

contact
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX  78228

phone 210/260-6106
fax /
e-mail rubynelda55@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.rubyneldaperez.com

 

Pollyanna Theatre Company

Pollyanna Theatre Company

Pollyanna Theatre Company is an ensemble of professional, adult theatre artists who perform original plays for young people and their families. Pollyanna's ensemble includes up to six actors, award-winning designers, a Resident Playwright, and a Producing Artistic Director with over 30 years of experience in creating theatre for young audiences. Supporting the elementary school curriculum through the arts is at the core of Pollyanna's mission. Pollyanna's 2016-2018 touring productions are LIBERTY!, EQUALITY!, AND FIREWORKS! (for children ages 8-12) which is a theatrical exploration of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and our newest production for very your children, ages 2-5, COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN. This new interactive introduction to theatre for very young children engages very small groups of children in what will likely be their very first audience experience. Photo: John Lyon.

contact
Judy Matetzschk-Campbell
PO Box 30203
Austin, TX  78703

phone 512/743-7966
fax /
e-mail judy@pollytheatre.org
public performance/concert $750 - $1500
school performance $475 - $475
website http://www.pollytheatre.org

 

Puppet Pizzazz

Puppet Pizzazz

Gregory Ruhe is the owner and director of Puppet Pizzazz, a Houston-based puppetry performance company. Sharing his passion of puppetry worldwide has been a career for Greg for the last thirty years. As well as touring to educational institutions with extraordinary puppet performances, he conducts workshops on puppet making, manipulation, and TEKS integration. When not working in schools, Greg performs at special events with unique larger-than-life puppet characters that are "the life of the party." Greg is on the touring roster for Young Audiences of Houston and is a teaching artist for International Schools Theatre Association. Offerings include “Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry”: Puppeteer Greg interweaves entertaining puppet characters, while sharing behind the scene secrets used to create and manipulate them; “African Tales and Puppet Pizzazz”: Mr. Greg shares his real life adventures of teaching puppetry in the Sudan, while sharing puppets and stories inspired by his journey into Africa; and “Rhyme, Reason, and Shadow Puppetry”: The Wheels on the Bus, Mother Goose, and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting shadow puppet action.

contact
Gregory Ruhe
1718 Alamo Street
Houston, TX  77007

phone 713/724-3847
fax 713/862-1108
e-mail greg@puppetpizzazz.com
public performance/concert $425 - $850
school performance $425 - $850
website http://www.puppetpizzazz.com/

 

Don Sanders

Don Sanders

Don Sanders is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, recording artist, and novelist. Following early recognition as a recording artist, Don turned towards theater, acting, translating plays (Spanish to English), and creating one-man shows. He currently performs for schools, theaters, and festivals. An honorary board member of Kerrville Music Festival, he helped establish listener-sponsored KPFT radio, and has served on the board of Tejas Storytelling Association. "Cancionero," a coming of age novel, "Bayou Song," recorded and released by Lyle Lovett, and the CD release of "Tourist Revisited" are among recent achievements. “Wrenching Changes," a stage memoir, is next up. Touring offerings for children include: Sing & Move (interactive songs & rhymes for younger students); Cuentos y canciones (Latin American folktales & folksongs, bilingual); Sourdough Cowboy (authentic stories & songs of the cowboys); Siempre Listo, and Ever Clever (more Latin American lore, bilingual). For adults, Don can perform Wrenching Changes: life in the performing arts (a one man show of story and song).

contact
Don Sanders
1128 Cortlandt St.
Houston, TX  77008

phone 713/863-1197
fax 713/526-5691
e-mail djsanders@mindspring.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $1000 - $1500
optional service one-day teacher workshop $1000 - $1500
optional service one-week residency $2500 - $2500
website http://www.donsanders.net

 

Charlene Shakespeare

Charlene Shakespeare

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!"

contact
Charlene Hudgins
408 Azalea Ave.
Orange, TX  77630

phone 409/553-0557
fax /
e-mail charlene.hudgins@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $750 - $1250
school performance $550 - $1050
optional service historical public presentation $300 - $800
website http://www.charleneshakespeare.com

 

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas has spent over 23 years touring the nation, with a tour to China in August 2014 as well. Named an NEA American Masterpiece artist, Storybook Theatre of Texas has performed for over a million young people and continues to encourage them to excel in reading and in life! Each production is carefully crafted to capture the imagination of the audience and bring stories to life! These 45-minute programs can be tailored to meet the needs of each client. Theme examples include bullying, environmental awareness, character, nutrition, math skills, history, and more. Interactive educational programs include: "Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf," "The New Little Red Riding Hood," "Country Mouse, City Mouse," "It’s All About Math," "Goldifox and the Two Hares," "Allie In Historyland," and "Country Mouse, City Mouse World Tour." Extension lessons/TEKS are available. Photo: Elizabeth Deserly.

contact
Lynn  Draper
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX  78132

phone 866/522-9819
fax 830/214-7136
e-mail stories@satx.rr.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service family literacy nights $500 - $2000
optional service workshops $800 - $2000
website http://www.sbtheatre.com

 

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle

A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs Native American stories for all ages, with music on his cedar flute and whaleskin drum. He has been a featured storyteller at festivals in forty-three states, including five appearances at the National Storytelling Festival. In June 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The author of twelve award-winning books, Tingle offers a variety of writing workshops. In 2012, Tingle was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, an honor reserved for Texas’ most renowned authors. Tingle’s repertory of 400-plus stories includes, for elementary school ages: "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire;" "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale; "The Bowl," a frightfully funny Navajo story; and (from Tingle’s books) "Crossing Bok Chitto" and "Danny Blackgoat." For young adults and adult audiences, Tim can perform stories such as: "La Llorona," "Trail of Tears," and (from Tingle’s books) "How I Became a Ghost," and "No Name." He also offers the full-length theater piece, "Clarence Carnes–Boarding School to Alcatraz."

contact
Tim Tingle
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX  78133

phone 830/832-4288
fax /
e-mail timtingle@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $150 - $1000
school performance $550 - $950
optional service keynote $1200 - $1500
website http://www.timtingle.com

 

R.J. Vandygriff

R.J. Vandygriff

R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and a real Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy. R.J. had a small recurring role as "Ranger Mike" in the hit CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," and has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials. As a singer, he has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music, pop, and rock n' roll. "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" is a one-man musical comedy about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history: the American Cowboy. Joe Texas tells the story of the cowboy from the 1860s to today through songs, poems, and stories. One of the most successful one-man musicals ever, the show has begun its 26th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a Cowboy Concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy.

contact
R.J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lipscomb, TX  79056

phone 806/852-2432
fax 806/852-2432
e-mail rjvandygriff@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
website http://www.cowboyaintdeadyet.com

 

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

This professional performing artist and instructor has over 35 years of experience touring throughout the US and abroad. Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux is sought after for historical performances which teach history, motivate, inspire, and promote literacy. She also works with incarcerated youth in Harris County teaching theatrics and historical re-enactment. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux is a co-author of "Places of the Underground Railroad" (Greenwood Press, 2010). One of her programs, "The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom," travels worldwide, providing a historical account of this woman’s life story and showing how it relates to today. This national touring artist explores the lives of women in history and how their accomplishments made a difference in our country's history. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux portrays various women via costuming and theatrical storytelling techniques to teach US history. Harriet Tubman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Ms. Lavinia Bell of Texas, "The Story of Bessie Coleman," and "The Buffalo Soldier Female Story" are all available for classroom and auditorium presentations, festivals, churches, libraries, and museums across the country.

contact
Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux
PO Box 740606
Houston, TX  77274-0606

phone 713/884-9655
fax /
e-mail info@aflyinggeese.com
public performance/concert $650 - $1500
school performance $550 - $1100
website http://www.flyinggeese.org/

 

The Wonder Bread Years

The Wonder Bread Years

Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Productions in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 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 "Tonight Show" veteran, 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 theatrically. A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a fast-paced, one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. Audiences across the country are enjoying a production that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves them laughing and savoring the past like never before. The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bulls-eye for Baby Boomers and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "milk-snorting funny!"

contact
Katie Goan
6407 Weatherwood Cove
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512/383-9498
fax /
e-mail katie@sweetwoodproductions.com
public performance/concert $6500 - $7500
optional service university/community college performances $6500 - $7500
website http://www.wonderbreadyears.com

 

Drusilla Woods

Drusilla Woods

After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.

contact
Dru Woods
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX  75765

phone 903/769-0702
fax /
e-mail druwoods@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400
website http://www.storytellerdruwoods.com

 

Young Audiences of Houston

Young Audiences of Houston

***Artists covered by this listing are Stephen Bachicha, Marcy Bannor, Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw, Laura Gutierrez, Mark Ponder, and Priscilla Salisbury.*** For nearly 60 years, Young Audiences of Houston has educated and inspired children through creativity and the arts. Each year, Young Audiences of Houston reaches nearly 240,000 children through dance, music, theatre, and visual arts programming that aligns with the Texas state educational standards. Their roster includes individual professional artists who are trained to incorporate the arts into English, math, social studies, and science classrooms in unique and inspiring ways. Young Audiences of Houston offers flexible and customized fine arts workshops and professional development/in-service opportunities. All programs are highly interactive and incorporate key learning objectives that support students. Young Audiences of Houston plans to tour the Arts for Learning program. The program offers hands-on workshops which bring an individual artist to work with students in a more intimate and interactive setting. Classroom-sized audiences enable students to actively discover their own artistic potential, which enables workshops to be expanded into numerous sessions for multiple core-curriculum lessons. This collaborative approach allows the artist and students to work together through a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to support student creativity.

contact
Mary Mettenbrink
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230
Houston, TX  77027

phone 713/520-9267
fax 713/552-0612
e-mail mary@yahouston.org
public performance/concert $250 - $1500
school performance $250 - $1500
optional service workshops $100 - $15000
website http://www.yahouston.org

 


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