The Almost Patsy Cline Band
Entertaining, poignant, educational, respectful, fun, and even “cute” are a few words that have been used to describe the Almost Patsy Cline Band! Since 2001, Bandera’s award-winning Official Goodwill Ambassadors have toured Texas performing a wide selection of classic country and variety dance music: everything from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline, with an emphasis on two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, and classic rock. These seasoned entertainers also tour three original well-received, interactive, and fun stage shows: "From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America" honors patriotism and timeless songs from the Library of Congress. "Timeless Tunes: The Stories and the Songs" explores country music history through the songs of legends like Bob Wills. "Merry Texas Christmas" highlights songs that became a Texas Christmas tradition. All three are a perfect blend of history, narration, voice, and instrumentation. Band members can also give an acoustic school demonstration of customized selections for grade level.
PO Box 1643
Bandera, TX 78003
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $400 - $2500
The Austin Troubadours present Medieval and Renaissance popular music from Mediterranean countries. Seven musicians in period costumes, with 30 authentic period instruments perform ancient dances and songs from Spain, Italy, France and the Balkans. The shows are unconventional, high energy, and follow the guidelines of historically informed performance. Group members include award-winning early music specialists, members of the Austin Symphony, and UT Faculty. The focal point of the show, "Mediterranean Journey," is to unite the many traditions that have enriched European musical culture for centuries by building a bridge between East and West, between ancient and still-thriving musical traditions. "Mediterranean Journey" is a multicultural, musical journey from the Spanish court of El Sabio, to the Venice Carnival, to a wedding party in Serbia.
13276 Research Blvd. #201
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service duet $1000 - $2000
optional service trio $1200 - $3000
The Biscuit Brothers
The two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS television show "The Biscuit Brothers" is ready to come to your town and perform their imaginative, interactive, fun-filled live show. Using many traditional folk songs and original ones, too, they'll have you laughing and learning at the same time. The Biscuit Brothers bring the extensive and well-documented benefits of music education/appreciation with guitar, banjo, upright bass, and trap set. The brothers and backing band sing, dance, and story tell.
9109 Wampton Way
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
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
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
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.
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX 75231
public performance/concert $7500 - $14000
school performance $7500 - $30000
E-Flat Porch Band
The E-Flat Porch Band is named for the porch in McKinney, Texas where the members first practiced-—it resonates to the key of E-Flat. Audiences are entertained with a unique blend of acoustic "porch music," including folk, blues, early country, jazz and original tunes. This "Porch" band is visually exciting as well, with multiple instruments played at one time, including one made out of a wooden soda pop box. Known for their fun delivery and quick wit, this band takes their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. You will enjoy learning about our rich and varied Texas musical heritage. "Typical" programs include Texas Blues such as Freddie King’s "Tore Down," Leadbelly’s "Midnight Special," swing jazz like "Route 66," Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl tunes, and songs by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt. Traditional tunes by legendary Texas Blues artists highlight playing styles such as the "Dead Thumb" technique of Mance Lipscomb and the slide mastery of Blind Willie Johnson. Band members are also songwriters, and performances include their original songs such as "Havana Blues."
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass St.
McKinney, TX 75069
public performance/concert $600 - $1700
school performance $500 - $1600
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.
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-9529
public performance/concert $300 - $20000
school performance $750 - $895
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.
446 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX 77092
public performance/concert $595 - $3000
school performance $595 - $3000
optional service workshops $500 - $1500
Flying Balalaika Brothers
The Flying Balalaika Brothers, originally from Russia, made their debut in the US in 1995. These virtuoso musicians combined their classical training with folk traditions, creating a sensational interest in their unique blend of musical styles. They have been touring internationally, sharing their unique blend of Russian folk and classical music influenced by American bluegrass and innovative acoustic music. Between touring, they successfully present educational programs in 4 languages to students of both public and private schools, celebrating the arts in all its diversity by providing a unique approach to studying both the profound similarities and distinctive differences of people throughout history and around the world. The band's multicultural performers, in traditional costumes, present for adults and young audiences a performance which introduces the unique rhythms, harmonies, and sounds of traditional Russian folk instruments: balalaikas, spoons, bayan, and domra combined with traditional American instruments like the banjo, harmonica and guitar. The performance also fuses Russian folk and American roots music. The musical journey compares and contrasts the rich musical heritage and traditions of two cultures.
3710 Cedar St. # 214
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $1000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service music for films $1000 - $30000
Fort Worth Opera
The Fort Worth Opera Studio (FWO Studio) is a group of four young singers that tour elementary and middle-school programs across the state of Texas. The elementary program, Children’s Opera Theatre (COT) presents a choice of operas based on classic children’s stories. Productions feature colorful sets, costumes, and pre-performance TEKS study guides, teaching students even as they are entertained. COT productions have included "The Three Little Pigs," which promotes literacy and independent thinking, and "The Ugly Duckling," which demonstrates how individuality and differences make us stronger. The middle-school program, Opera Mythbusters, uses pop culture to challenge common stereotypes surrounding opera. This multimedia interactive program uses a combination of film, music videos, live performance, and interactive Q&A sessions. Mythbusters travels with microphone, speakers, overhead projector, and projector screen. All FWO Studio programs are accompanied on a portable electric keyboard by Principal Coach & Accompanist Steven Carey.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 65 internationally-recruited musicians and has brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for nearly 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for artistic excellence and diverse programming, as well as innovative and dynamic music education programs. With an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra annually provides inspiring public and student performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools, making symphonic music accessible to adults and children who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. Performing a variety of programs, the Orchestra introduces a range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience and age appropriate. Engaging education performances provide programming that is interactive and curriculum-based. Comprehensive study materials are provided in advance of education performances to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on scheduling and the presenter’s budget, community concerts can include soloists, choral support, and outdoor programs.
330 E. Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $10000 - $30000
school performance $5000 - $10000
optional service ensembles $750 - $2000
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!"
PO Box 90834
Austin, TX 78709
public performance/concert $1200 - $4000
school performance $600 - $2500
optional service author visit The Ghost of Hampton Court & Henry VIII $500 - $1200
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.
617 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $800 - $1800
school performance $500 - $1200
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!
17314 Sable Landing
San Antonio, TX 78232
school performance $500 - $1500
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.
510 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002-1504
public performance/concert $50 - $1200
school performance $50 - $1200
optional service OTG overnight tour presentation $1000 - $2000
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.
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $50000 - $100000
school performance $15000 - $50000
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
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.
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
phone 469/744-3436; 214-761-SHOW
public performance/concert $475 - $3000
school performance $475 - $950
Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium
Sitarist Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “stunning” and “amazing.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011 Austin Chronicle polls) seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary-defying sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also conducts dynamic all-ages workshops on classical, folk, and world fusion. Amie’s musical credits include four CDs and a number of independent films. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women in contemporary South Asian music, dance, and film; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Ed Lehmann.
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $900 - $3900
school performance $500 - $1400
optional service cultural festival $900 - $1800
optional service collaborative production $2500 - $6000
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.
420 S Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205
phone 210/227-2751; 210-683-5089
public performance/concert $300 - $800
school performance $300 - $600
optional service CPE workshop $300 - $700
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.
PO Box 524020
Houston, TX 77052
public performance/concert $800 - $3000
school performance $800 - $3000
optional service character visits $175 - $175
Matt the Electrician
Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. "Matt is a wonderful musician and captivating performer… He is an artist who has serious weight to his music, yet it's delivered in a beautifully light and accessible manner… He would be a great edition to any festival" (Martyn Joseph).
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
Joe McDermott has been described as a "Texas treasure" by the Texas Library Association. His performances are dynamic and highly entertaining for children as well as parents. His awards include the NAPPA Gold Award, several Parent’s Choice Awards, and the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "Great Big World." Joe has written songs for a Michael Eisner company and set 6 books to music for Stan and Jan Berenstain. He plays solo or with his five-piece band, and has scores for full orchestra. His music is in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio. Joe’s shows are highly interactive, combining age-appropriate movement, music, and storytelling. The performances can be geared for preschool, family concerts, school shows, and concerts with symphony orchestras. During his shows, his audience will be asked to ride a porcupine, have some alien ice cream, and learn what happens when a little brother brings a skunk home. Joe’s Montessori training allows him to easily help the audience transition from energy-filled movement songs to sit-down story songs. In addition to his music performances, Joe offers a recording and video workshop. This is a two or three day workshop where Joe and the students shoot a music video to an original song written by Joe and the students. The video can be placed on the school website, YouTube, or can be sold to the students on a DVD disc.
PO Box 270111
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $450 - $3000
school performance $450 - $850
optional service libraries $350 - $700
optional service recording & video workshop for students $1200 - $2500
A first generation Irish-American, Tom travels the US as a storyteller, guitarist, theremin player, percussionist, and virtuoso ukulelist at festivals, conferences, and schools. He addresses comparative cultural studies, character education, memoir, problem solving, and creative writing. A John Henry Faulk Award recipient for storytelling, Tom accompanies his original stories, adapted folktales and Texas lore with humor, participation, and music to create an unparalleled experience for all ages. Tom was the US performer at the 2012 International Storytelling Festival in Sneem, Ireland. His children’s books include "Otis Steele and the Taileebone: A Southern Tall Tale" (Pelican, 2013) and "The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One" (Pelican, 2010). Programs for elementary and middle schools include: "Please Make Me Care– Stories to Make Life Interesting" (folktales, original and personal stories with music and humor, illustrating how stories make us and make us interesting: pre-K – 6th grades), "Sometimes You Gotta Mess With People" (trickster tales, ghost stories, Irish folklore, and historical tales of trickery and lessons learned: 5th – 9th grades), and "Cooperation Garden Time" (global tales of cooperation, bully prevention, and paying attention: pre-K - 5th grades).
PO Box 470593
Fort Worth, TX 76107
public performance/concert $450 - $1500
school performance $450 - $1000
Susan McDonald has delighted audiences the world over- from the Amazon to Iraq, community concerts to Carnegie Hall, Holocaust survivors in Vienna to the President of the United States. A protegee of Pepe Romero, Susan's recordings and performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Susan has created an art form called "Animal Ballets," in which she combines original music and video footage to create performances in which animals are the "dancers" and she is their "orchestra." She is also on the rosters of Young Audiences of Houston and the YES Academy in Iraq. Susan can provide solo concerts, including several themed performances: Spanish Caravan; Gilgamesh; Animal Ballets- original compositions for guitar with choreographed video footage of wildlife; soloist with orchestras performing Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Rodrigo), Concerto in D Major (Vivaldi).
3609 Turkey Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78730
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1500
Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson
With his easygoing style, backwards baseball cap, iconic blue shoes, and comedic persona, Mr. Blue Shoes is anything but a conventional bluesman... Mr. Blue Shoes is the brainchild of Michael Dyson, GRAMMY Award-winning producer, youth entertainer, guitarist, and performer. Since 2008, Dyson has shared his unique version of the blues story with over 200,000 children. As a senior in high school, Michael served as a mentor, offering third graders a helping hand and an understanding ear. His funny and humble demeanor became infectious. Through these experiences and his interest in the blues, the Mr. Blue Shoes program was created to help continue to educate the youth about this important genre. The primary program that will be touring is the Mr. Blue Shoes assembly program and youth concert, which takes kids on a journey through the blues, starting with its origins in West Africa leading all the way up through rock and roll. During the program, audience members will hear stories about influential blues men and women as well as the songs that made a profound impact on Texas music and American music history.
PO Box 181255
Dallas, TX 75218
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $800 - $2200
Imagine an auditorium packed with kids who are laughing, smiling, singing, and dancing as they learn about the migrations of monarch butterflies, the importance of wetlands, the life cycle of bluebonnets, and much more. Picture how happy their educators and parents will be, knowing that this performance fulfills a wealth of educational objectives. This is what you’ll enjoy when you bring Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” to your event. With a degree in zoology and over twenty years’ experience working with kids, Lucas’ dynamic, multimedia presentations are celebrated across the continent for their unique blend of humor, arts, and accurate science. Typically 45-50 minutes, each of Lucas' multimedia programs addresses a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, ocean ecology, and endangered species. Programs normally feature 4-5 original songs and 1-2 stories to teach about photosynthesis, food webs, metamorphosis, symbiosis, and other age-appropriate science content. With a blend of humor and interaction, Lucas aims to create a dynamic, memorable experience for students and to provide educational touch points for educators and parents.
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX 78736
public performance/concert $350 - $1700
school performance $450 - $1700
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.
PO Box 30203
Austin, TX 78703
public performance/concert $750 - $1500
school performance $475 - $475
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural life and sounds of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell and L. Shankar. As a teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. He has taught "nada yoga" to incarcerated youth and mentally and physically ill patients. Touring programs include Texas Gypsy Fire: from the magical sounds of India, to the passion of Romani (Gypsy) music, to Texas country and blues, Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians. In Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani performs with his western classical orchestra featuring dancers from the Indian, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and ballet traditions. Songs are sung in English as well as foreign tongues and performed on instruments such as the rebab, oud, and flamenco guitar.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $2000 - $12000
school performance $1000 - $1500
Rhythm Path helps to bring the culture of west Africa to people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator and performer David Cox uses the drum circle format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater then the individual rhythms. Since 2008, Rhythm Path's "Day of Drumming" program in schools and other programs has taught and encouraged over 200,000 students to live together in community. The Day of Drumming Program is all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big "village." Each student receives their own west African djembe drum to play and learns traditional songs and rhythms. Students are encouraged to listen, work together, and improvise their own rhythms while experiencing hands-on drumming. Rhythm Path's Library Drumming Program teaches hands-on drumming in the library.
713 Meadow Dr.
Burkburnett, TX 76354
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $125 - $950
Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian musical ensemble specializing in qawwali, a semi-classical genre representing Pakistan, India, and surrounding areas. The group includes vocalists, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and violin players. Their mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while paying homage to the cultural and lyrical tradition that has existed for 700+ years. They have performed for 8+ years (in and outside Texas), and have entertained both non-South Asian crowds and Indo-Pakistani audiences. They are the only group in the US representing this genre, and have played for educational centers, museums, public events, and select private events. The touring program would include a mini-performance with lecture-demonstrations by Riyaaz Qawwali. Sessions will showcase the music, explain the musical style/lyrics, and get the participants actively involved in making music. Riyaaz Qawwali will take this exciting genre of music and make it relevant to non-native speakers with multimedia support. The goal will be to use the musicians' background and musical talent to give participants a cultural, lyrical, and musical glimpse into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Varun (Sonny) Mehta
12405 Alameda Trace, Apt #1027
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $3250 - $4500
school performance $2000 - $3500
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).
1128 Cortlandt St.
Houston, TX 77008
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $1000 - $1500
optional service one-day teacher workshop $1000 - $1500
optional service one-week residency $2500 - $2500
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
The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps his way through an arsenal of percussion paraphernalia that can include marimba, doumbec, bones, bodhran, cajon, hammered dulcimer, snare drum, handpan, and electronic percussion. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and new music to create an engaging collage for "the drummer in all of us." All the selections are original compositions, improvisations, or arrangements by Mark.
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX 75029
public performance/concert $335 - $2500
school performance $500 - $2500
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.
8723 Kirkland Drive
Houston, TX 77089
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $800 - $4000
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.
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX 78132
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service family literacy nights $500 - $2000
optional service workshops $800 - $2000
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.
PO Box 740606
Houston, TX 77274-0606
public performance/concert $650 - $1500
school performance $550 - $1100
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.
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230
Houston, TX 77027
public performance/concert $250 - $1500
school performance $250 - $1500
optional service workshops $100 - $15000
Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America- a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, classic and folk songs, and original bilingual songs; ¡Viva México! Celebrate Mexico- songs and stories from Mexico; Texican Tales and Tunes- cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; Songs from Texas to Argentina- a bilingual family concert; and Summer Reading Program– tailored to the presenter's theme and audience. Sue offers staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children.
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX 78763
phone 512/323-2414; 512-914-9553
public performance/concert $350 - $1750
school performance $350 - $1250