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
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $200
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
With vivid performances and inclusive classes, Dallas Black Dance Theatre positively impacts lives and bridges cultures through the transformative power of dance. Since its founding in 1976 by Ann Williams as a small community-based dance troupe, it has grown to become Dallas' oldest and largest professional dance company and the tenth-largest arts organization of color in the nation. It has toured numerous Texas cities, 31 US states, and 15 countries on five continents, including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and President Nelson Mandela. The company’s repertoire is broad, from masterworks by Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp to an aerial ballet and silent disco experience. Dance styles available for touring include modern, ballet, jazz, African, and some tap. Five performing ensembles—the main professional company, the second professional company DBDT: Encore!, and three elite student performing ensembles from the Academy—provide a variety of performance types and fee ranges to accommodate audiences of any size and age. Professional dancers hail from top national programs like the Ailey School and NYU, while Academy students continue dance training at the Juilliard School and SMU, among others. In 2017, Dallas Black Dance Theatre received the Texas Medal of Arts Award in arts education. Photo by James Debth for Texas Cultural Trust.
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX 75313
public performance/concert $5,000 - $20,000
school performance $2,500 - $7,500
workshop fees $300 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,125 - $10,625
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 AMERICAN THEATRE and TIME magazines. Now celebrating its 34th 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 travels with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. Touring 2018 - 2019, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY. Based on on the wildly popular books by Doreen Cronin, the eco-conscious, hip-hop musical spins a sweet story about diversity and acceptance with messages about being kind to our planet and all of its creatures great and small. Under consideration for 2019-2020, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME: REMEMBERING THE WORLD OF ANNE FRANK. Videotaped interviews with two Holocaust survivors are interwoven with live dramatic action to chillingly recreate their World War II experience of families in hiding and in concentration camps. The horror of the Holocaust becomes a promise to the future, a profound message of hope and acceptance speaking to the intolerance and misunderstandings of life today. Photo by Karen Almond.
Holden & Arts Associates, PO Box 49036
Austin, TX 78765
public performance/concert $6,500 - $24,000
school performance $6500 - $24,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $7,500
Dallas String Quartet
DSQ Electric is an international music sensation, a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. With the 2016 release of their fourth album, "DSQ," they continue to expand their passionate following on Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM radio DSQ performs as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar . The Wall Street Journal, A&E, WFAA-ABC, and ESPN have all featured Dallas String Quartet Electric. In addition to performing Internationally, DSQ has performed "at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoff, the NBA, and the NFL. DSQ has sold out venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls alike. They have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Comprised of composer and violinist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide. "This is not your Grandmother's String Quartet” -Wall Street Journal. Photo by Teresa Jolie.
80 Knights Bridge Road #1D
Great Neck, NY 11021
public performance/concert $9,500
school performance $4,750
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company's Dallas-based branch—lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine "25 to Watch" breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as "the area's most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" by D Magazine (2015 & 2016) and Dallas Observer (2016). The young company has been praised as "frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. Photo by Brian Guilliaux.
Joshua L. Peugh
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #29
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2,000 - $15,000
school performance $300 - $1,160
workshop fees $250 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $8,000
Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a "cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen," or a "Latinized Allman Brothers Band." Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion if presented in conjunction with a concert or school performance. School performances work best if scheduled in conjunction with a public performance. Photo by Mark del Castillo.
Rick del Castillo
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $3,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $1000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
In a career that has given rise to more than a decade's worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor. Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served. In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As guitarist Brian Hofeldt puts it, "I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in." Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Photo by Tiffany Hofeldt.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $4,000 - $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
State Artist James Dick
Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, OP. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.
1801 Lavaca Street, Ste. 111
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
State Artist Dornith Doherty
Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.
Storytelling was a way of life in Eldrena's upbringing. She grew up in New Mexico and Arizona among the Pueblo tribes of the Laguna, Tewa & Hopi. Activities with family and friends included listening to family songs and stories. Eldrena pursued and obtained her master's degree in elementary and early childhood education to impact the lives that surrounded her. Her experiences as a public school teacher and her unique Native upbringing benefitted her tremendously as she began her next journey as a professional storyteller, author, and workshop presenter. In 1993, she was encouraged to teach through storytelling about her life experiences, sharing the history of the Pueblos and their contributions to our country. Eldrena travels the country offering captivating stories, a variety of recorded music, and historical accounts from Native American tribes. For example, a story presentation, "Bison, Bison," gives insight into the history of the bison. A workshop, "Creative Spirit," focuses on imagination, listening, and story crafting using creative thinking. A lecture, "Nampeyo, Her Legacy," showcases her revival of Hopi pottery. In 2014, the Tejas Storytelling Association awarded Eldrena with the state’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for her significant contribution to the art of storytelling in the southwest. Photo by Katy Pair.
1420 4th Avenue, Suite # 20
Canyon, TX 79015
public performance/concert $250 - $3,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Will Dupuy and Friends
Will Dupuy has been playing music since the age of 5. His professional career began at the age of 19, touring the world with the South Austin Jug Band and Bruce Robison. Will continues his work as a singer-songwriter in two arenas, children's music and adult music. In 2008, Will began teaching and performing preschool music full time across Central Texas. "Mr. Will" was born. Will has the necessary skills to engage and entertain children of all ages, making TEKs fun! His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among students of all ages, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. He has led songwriting and instrument workshops at festivals and schools. He also has a cowboy-themed presentation that features cowboy songs and the history of cowboys in Texas. Will also leads lectures and Q&A’s about his experience in the music business. Will’s children’s concerts and country music concerts are frequently featured in the same event, providing a day of entertainment for all ages. The country music band is a mix of country, Tex Mex, and bluegrass music. Photo by Matt Wright Steele.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $2,000
For over 20 years Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. Her "Tall Tales and True" offering is a flexible, well-received program adaptable for all ages, with some stories complemented by guitar, ukulele, or washboard accompaniment. Representative stories allow for multicultural elements and geographic scope. In addition to programs and performances for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals, she also offers keynotes, luncheon and after-dinner speaking, author visits, workshops, and residencies. Photo by Donna Ingham.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known poet. She is a native Californian who now resides in Houston, TX and serves as the city's Poet Laureate (2017-2019). Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, D.E.E.P. has established herself as a notable force in the performance and slam poetry world. D.E.E.P. is a three-time slam champ and ten-year coach and slammaster of Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. She has released two full-length poetry compilations (Unfinished Work of a Genius and Beautiful Rebellion). Her moving words have been featured on BBC, NPR, ABC, Upworthy, Blavity, and Button Poetry. She has served as the opening act for Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Amiri Baraka, John Legend, Slum Village, Karen Clark-Shield, Def Poet Sunni Patterson, Regie Gibson, and multiple national political figures. Her work can be found in Wicked Banshee Press' Survival Issue, Alight's Collection of Poetry, and in the 2012 and 2017 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology. In addition to being a decorated performer and competitor, she travels the country offering performance and writing workshops. Photo by Houstonia Magazine.
6700 Mt Carmel Dr
Houston, TX 77087
public performance/concert $1,000 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $3,000
Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle or a smoky plate of BBQ. He came to country music early and naturally. His truck driving father moonlighted as a country singer, and his older brothers had bands as well. Dale remembers receiving his first guitar at age 7 and starting to write songs shortly after-- "the same stuff I'm writing about now," he says with a laugh. A man with more than one life's experience under his belt, he has entertained crowds all over the world, including recent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits. Dale has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and even founded his own genre of music, Ameripolitan. Photo by Candice Ghai- Twin Sisters Photography.
4425 Mopac South, Bldg 2, Suite 300C
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
workshop fees $3,500- $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000