Raised in Houston's Fifth Ward, Decee attended Prairie View University, then joined the military and served around the world. He traveled and lived among peoples of five continents experiencing their culture, learning their history, and hearing their stories. Decee began his storytelling career at a nonprofit youth facility for disadvantaged and at-risk children. He uses his stories to teach, motivate, inspire, and often just to entertain. Decee continues to bring smiles and laughter to troubled youth through the 'I Have a Dream' Foundation. Decee received numerous storytelling awards, including the prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling. Decee's programs include plenty of audience participation, drumming, and music, providing fun for all. Texas, Civil War, multicultural, United States, and world histories are some of the many curriculum-related programs available. He performs ghost stories, myths, tall tales, multicultural folktales, or just fun stories for entertainment. For over 20 years, Decee has provided storytelling in schools, libraries, local and national festivals, corporate, and special events. He has been a featured storyteller at festivals where he entertained audiences big and small, from ages eight to eighty. Photo by Paul Porter.
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX 78633
public performance/concert $550 - $1,500
school performance $800 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
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 16 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 Brian Guilliaux.
Richard Freeman, Jr.
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX 75313
public performance/concert $7,000 - $20,000
school performance $3,000 - $8,500
workshop fees $500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,600 - $14,250
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 Theater and TIME magazines. Now celebrating its 36th 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 that resonate with a large and diverse audience. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. Touring 2020–2021, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Based on Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, this stage adaptation has enjoyed national critical acclaim and contributed to the literary and cultural popularity of the story. It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical about the value of being different and the importance of family. Under consideration for 2021-2022, 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 $6,000 - $24,000
school performance $6,000 - $24,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $7,500
Dallas String Quartet
An international music sensation, Dallas String Quartet was founded in 2007 by violist Ion Zanca. A fusion of contemporary classical and pop music, DSQ uses both traditional and electric strings performing as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar. Known for their eclectic renditions of anything from Guns N’ Roses' ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ to Shawn Mendes' ‘Señorita,’ DSQ is Bach meets Bon Jovi. In addition to their electric show, DSQ performs a holiday show titled after their newly released album 'A Very Merry Christmas.' The group is comprised of composer and violist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant, and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman. DSQ has over 30 million streams on Spotify, more than 4 million views on YouTube, and receives over 1 million streams per week from their dedicated fans on Pandora. DSQ has performed for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoffs, the NBA and NFL organizations, and sold out concert venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls. They’ve played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and had music featured by ESPN and A&E. The Wall Street Journal: 'this is not your grandmother’s string quartet.' Photo by Teresa Jolie.
Charles Van Derveer
Universal Attractions Agency
New York, NY 10018
public performance/concert $11,000 - $12,500
school performance $5,500 - $6,250
workshop fees $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $1,500
Deep Blue Something
It’s been a while since the worldwide success of the Home album and the singles Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Halo, and Josey, but Deep Blue Something reconvened in 2016 to record the Locust House EP. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany's. With over 250 million streams and downloads now, the band is celebrating with a world tour for the fans! It certainly doesn’t hurt that a whole new generation of fans has embraced the band due to their inclusion in popular films and TV series. In one six-month period during 2018, the band’s Spotify listeners went from 200,000 to over 1.5 million, and this total continues to grow. 2019 saw the band touring the UK and Europe for the first time since Breakfast at Tiffany’s shot to number one 20 years ago plus they confirmed a handful of warm-up US dates. With those shows being a huge success, the band is ready to celebrate 25 years of Breakfast at Tiffany's in 2020 with a world tour. The wait is over, Deep Blue Something is back with a live show that is being talked about as the best the band's ever played! Photo by Deep Blue Something.
3209 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
public performance/concert $5,000 - $15,000
school performance $7,500 - $20,000
workshop fees $10,000 - $25,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
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.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $3,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
Deux, Classical Vocal Duo
While Crystal and Angela have long enjoyed thriving careers as soloists, they have always genuinely preferred collaboration. Both singers are professionally based out of San Antonio, and in the fall of 2017, they made their official debut as Deux. They have appeared together in over 40 recitals and concerts throughout south Texas and beyond. They have appeared on the Artist Series at Texoma NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and have been featured artists on Texas Public Radio. Their repertoire includes a wide range of styles from the early 17th century to art song, sacred music, opera, and also contemporary commissioned works. Deux is available for formal concerts, lecture-recitals, house concerts, special events, sacred music programs, educational and community programs, master classes, and career talks to young performers. Photo by Susan Riley.
615 Freiling Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78213
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,000
school performance $600 - $900
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
State Artist James Dick
James Dick is recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, bringing keyboard sonorities of captivation, opulence, and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. He was recognized as one of the University of Texas Distinguished Alumni in 2009. Major prizes in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and 92nd Street Y; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Purcell Room; Le Theatre du Chatelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris; Academy of Music in Philadelphia; Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. He has performed with Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, and many major orchestras, with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin, Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist, and Verrot. He has been a guest soloist with Cleveland, Tokyo, Parisii, Ravel, Debussy, and Cassatt quartets, and Dorian and Moragues wind quintets, concertizing as well with Yo-Yo Ma, Regis Pasquier, Young Uck Kim, Raphael Hillyer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Martin Lovett, Andrew Marriner, Guy Deplus, and Carol Wincenc. Photo provided by the artist.
PO Box 161148
Austin, TX 78716
public performance/concert $3,000 - $10,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
With over twenty-five years’ experience, Joseph Dixon works in the areas of art for education and community outreach. Dixon has conducted over a thousand workshops, residencies and performances in the Houston, Dallas, Beaumont and San Antonio areas through collaborative partnerships with schools and organizations. Currently, Dixon serves as a teaching artist for various nonprofit art organizations, including the River Performing and Visual Arts Center, ArtReach, Young Audiences of Houston, and Avondale House, where he implements fine arts programming in music and visual art designed to aid communication and social development and encourage fine and gross motor development for students with autism and other disabilities. Dixon also provides children's performances through his Early Inspirations Performances Series which offers interactive, educational performances designed to encourage creative thinking, promote team learning, and foster social development through the presentation and engagement of the arts. Each performance is Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills-aligned. Dixon provides curriculum guides for all performances to aid educators in building knowledge and skills. Performances: History and Songs of the Mardi Gras Indians, Let’s Play Together Drum and Strum /Jawad African Rhythms and Spirituals. Photo by JD Art.
2011 Plum Falls Ln.
Pearland, TX 77581
public performance/concert $450 - $900
school performance $450 - $900
workshop fees $250 - $450
travel/per diem/lodging $77 - $190
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.
Tale teller and author Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist in her finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her personal experiences. A recipient of the Tejas Storytelling Association’s John Henry Faulk Award and a National Storytelling Network ORACLE Award, she is also a champion liar, having been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Denton, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. A college English professor in her former life, she is an award-winning writer and producer of spoken word CDs, with six books and five CDs to her credit. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. She continues to offer her popular 'Tall Tales and True' programs 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 C. Y. Ingham.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $350 - $1,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
workshop fees $450 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $1,000
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known poet, educator, activist, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas, and author of Newsworthy (Bloomsday Literary). Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, she was the founder of the longest-running poetry slam venue in Houston, Texas (Houston VIP Slam). Her work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books (2019), Fjords Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Blavity, Upworthy, and TedX. A fellow with the Writer's Hotel and the Poetry Incubator, D.E.E.P.’s collaborations with the Houston Ballet, the Houston Rockets, and Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. As a finalist for Texas Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat, her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany. She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and international publishing communities. She offers workshops, performances, professional development, and dramaturgy services. Photo by Paula Lu.
19410 Clevera Walk Ln
Houston, TX 77084
public performance/concert $2,000 - $10,000
school performance $1,500 - $7,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $3,000
Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle. 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 seven 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.
4425 Mopac South Building II, Suite 300 B
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000