MCP Shows/Margaret Clauder
Margaret Clauder is an internationally known award-winning storyteller/puppeteer/ventriloquist who has traveled the US and abroad performing for audiences of all ages. She is a costumed variety performing artist and performs as one of her 9 original characters. Characters include her original Mother Goose, THE Bookworm, Meteorologist Maggie, Astronomer Annie, Masai Maggie (a safari clad performer), Imma Sleuth (detective), Senorita Margarita, Mother Nature, Alphie the Elf, Mrs. Claus, and many more. Her programs align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards and encourage children to enjoy the wonder of reading by promoting books, stories, and their imaginations. Children's imaginations burst with wonder when they see her puppets magically talk and sing with Margaret's outstanding ventriloquism, an art that she has worked on diligently for over 30 years. As a columnist for various children's performer magazines such as The Calliope and The Funny Paper, and a sought-after lecturer for performance conventions, such as the International Ventriloquist Convention, The Texas Clown Association, The International Association of Kids Show Professionals, The Tejas Storyteller Association, and the Society of American Magicians, she has mentored hundreds of variety arts performers from around the globe. She is open to travel in Texas, the United States, or abroad. Photo by David Thomasson.
916 Wayland Dr
Arlington, TX 76012
public performance/concert $300 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $895
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $475
The Magik Theatre
Find out what over two million children and their families have discovered: fun, interactive performances where books come to life on stage! For more than 25 years, the Magik Theatre has delighted young audiences and families with literature-based productions that are engaging, educational, and fun. Magik On The Road is their touring troupe, producing such wonderful plays as 'Dr. Krashundbang,' 'The Kingdom of Texas,' 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' and other family-friendly productions based on beloved fairy tales and children's books. Each production comes with a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills study guide for pre-K through 6th grades, and educators can easily integrate these theatrical experiences into their curriculum. The host only needs to provide an empty space, and Magik On The Road will fill that space with laughter, wonder, and imagination. Magik On The Road will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias and from libraries to performing arts centers. Photo by Megan Coy.
420 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
public performance/concert $400 - $20,000
school performance $400 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
Main Street Theater
Main Street Theater is Houston’s oldest and largest theater for youth, reaching over 130,000 children each season through performances at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) and through statewide touring. Recognized by American Theatre Magazine as one of the top 20 theaters for young audiences in the country, they present a repertory based on the most relevant and challenging literature for youth. Main Street Theater began touring decades ago to reach schools that could not travel to them. They regularly tour to Abilene, Bryan, Yoakum, Bastrop, College Station, Austin, and many more. Each season they tour a new title appropriate for elementary age children. Recent tours have offered 'Schoolhouse Rock, Live!' 'The Magic School Bus,' and 'Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.' All performances include a short talkback with students and photo opportunities afterward, and each school receives free education materials to supplement the learning experience. They also offer 45-minute character visits in which a title character from one of their production presents a mini-interactive performance, followed by a talkback and a photo opportunity. Photo by RicOrnelProductions.
3400 Main Street Suite 283
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $600 - $800
school performance $200 - $800
travel/per diem/lodging $20 - $2,000
Mariachi Las Alteñas
Mariachi Las Alteñas is an all-female mariachi group that is making waves across the United States. Their mission is to achieve excellence as overall musicians and performers and to raise the standards for women in mariachi music. Las Alteñas has a complete instrumentation, which includes five violins, two trumpets, a guitarron, vihuela, and guitar creating a full mariachi sound acknowledged in the industry. Their signature colorful trajes de charro and vocal harmonies draw abundant crowds to their performances. They are known for their musical diversity, which appeals to crowds of all generations. The name Las Alteñas is taken from the birthplace of mariachi music, Jalisco, Mexico. The higher region, Los Altos de Jalisco, is an area described as being near the top of the world, and fans say these ladies are up there! Celebrating 17 years as 'Texas’s Finest Female Mariachi,' Las Alteñas has been able to share their music at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the US. Mariachi Las Alteñas recently finished their 15th-year anniversary album which was released on all digital platforms in the fall of 2017. Photo by Edward Benavides Tilde Photography.
306 Oblate Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78216
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $10,000
Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits
One of the main exponents of Latin jazz for the past 30 years, Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits will present the highest caliber of original Latin jazz compositions. Marlon has produced seven internationally acclaimed CDs as a leader/musical director and has toured in the USA, Europe, Canada, and South America presenting the Nagual Spirits Latin jazz message. The band was selected to present international concerts representing the excellence and integrity of the musical art forms born in the USA (in this case, Latin jazz), a program sponsored by the State Department. Marlon has also performed as a sideman or guest with different artists such as Paquito de Rivera, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Bobby Watson, and Chucho Valdez, among others. He has solid experience in his field and has also developed a career as an educator. More information about this project is available at www.marlonsimonmusic.com. Photo by Juan Ramirez.
20115 Benton Springs Lane
Richmond, TX 77407
public performance/concert $2,000 - $3,000
school performance $2,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $1,500 per day
State Artist Mary McCleary
Mary McCleary makes collages of great complexity that combine painterly craftsmanship and striking iconography. Her subject matter comes from religion, science, history, and literature. McCleary has participated in over 350 one-person and group exhibits in museums and galleries in 29 states, Mexico, Canada, and Russia. These venues include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Biblical Art, Boston Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. McCleary’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; El Paso Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; Art Museum of South Texas; and Art Museum of Southeast Texas. She is Regents Professor of Art Emeritus at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where she taught from 1975 to 2005. In 2011, she was named Texas Artist of the Year by Art League Houston.
Joe McDermott Bouncing Ball Music, LLC
Referred to as 'a Texas treasure' by the Texas Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children's music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 32 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His songwriting has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 2006, he took first place in the Children’s Music category for the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to convert eleven of their original storybooks to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an 'absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.' Known for his lively school concerts, Joe also creates and produces recording workshops and school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aid of Hollywood special effects programs, children can ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! If a classical touch is desired, Joe has thirteen compositions scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along. Photo by Joe McDermott.
3413 Gable Drive
Austin, TX 78759
public performance/concert $350 - $2,500
school performance $450 - $2,500
workshop fees $600 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $857
Wildlife Conservation Artist Vickie McMillan-Hayes
Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums and galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally and internationally. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and murals with groups of people for installation in libraries, public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, government organizations, treatment centers, foster care, and health and human service centers. She delivers specialized workshops including AP art, residencies, lectures (elementary-college), live performance painting, collaborative painting at festivals, team-building and staff development (teachers), judging (is a rodeo art judge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum goals for schools, foster unity in the community, advance global conservation causes, and encourage the use of recycled materials when possible. Each project is designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. Vickie teaches and demonstrates the use of materials, technique, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. Large scale murals/paintings can be based on curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Participants are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to unveiling. Photo by Vickie McMillan-Hayes.
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX 77494
public performance/concert $2,500 - $50,000
school performance $700 - $2,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,200
Jasminne Mendez is a poet, playwright, educator, community organizer, and award-winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The New England Review, The Acentos Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and others. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections: Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has received fellowships from Canto Mundo and the Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop, among others. She is an MFA graduate of the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer's Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, and a University of Houston alum. She offers workshops, readings, talks, and performances that center around the intersections of Afro-Latinx identity and culture, chronic illness and disability, motherhood as a woman of color, borderlands, immigration, and what it means to be 'from everywhere and nowhere' all at once. She appeals to audiences as young as middle school and can tailor poetry, performance, and creative nonfiction workshops and events to both large and small audiences. Photo by Michael Leonard.
11742 N Michael Cir
Houston, TX 77071
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $300 - $2,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Founded in Houston in 2000, Mercury has a mission to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, Baroque and beyond, teaching, sharing, and performing with passion, intimacy, and excellence. The orchestra offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world through innovative and accessible performances, domestic and international tours, and groundbreaking music education programs. Each year, Mercury performs over fifty concerts and reaches over 20,000 listeners and 5,000 youth in its performances around the Houston area and beyond. Touring programs are flexible to meet presenters' needs but range from two-hour concerts of orchestral music featuring the full ensemble performing works from the Baroque to Romantic eras for large audiences of up to 1,000 to smaller ensembles for more intimate venues. Mercury also offers 45-minute educational presentations for school assemblies that mix standard curriculum topics such as science and history with an introduction to classical music as well as workshops for school orchestral programs. Photo by Runaway Productions.
3100 Timmons Lane, Suite 201
Houston, TX 77027
public performance/concert $2,500 - $20,000
school performance $500 - $1,400
workshop fees $200 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $5,000
Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico
Founded in 1999, México 2000 is a professional dance ensemble. Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Dance performances are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Mayan/pre-Columbian, and South American influences. These dances highlight the beauty, romance, and culture of traditional México. The programs 'Fiestas de México!,' 'Día de Muertos' & 'Christmas in México' are available in an educational and concert-type option. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. At Fiestas de México educational school shows, audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays while connecting to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Spanish language arts, social studies, fine arts, and music while enjoying the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes and music from different regions of México. During these interactive shows, audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and selected students will try out steps with music on stage. School study guides and concert programs are available. 'Christmas in México' is a compilation of traditional Christmas dances & songs (villancicos) including the traditional Pastorela, the Piñata, the three Wise Men & Felíz Navidad! Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end. Photo by Leopoldo A. Palencia.
Leopoldo (Alex) Palencia
2807 Bissell Way
Wylie, TX 75098
public performance/concert $2,800 - $8,500
school performance $900 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist
Want to get your students excited about science? STEM and the arts go hand-in-hand in multimedia presentations by author, YouTuber, and 'singing zoologist,' Lucas Miller! Pre-K to 5th graders will laugh, sing and learn about wetlands, ocelots, monarch butterflies, metamorphosis, and much more through Lucas' creative blend of smart songwriting, hilarious puppetry, and dazzling animations. Perfect for elementary schools, libraries, and family concerts: kids love Miller's zany, unbridled enthusiasm, and adults love his focus on accurate, curriculum-related science. Each 45-55 minute presentation features several songs and stories that address a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, Texas ecosystems, and ocean ecology. Creative animations, videos, and images accompany the music and lessons to deepen understanding and keep the audience focused. Lucas earned a degree in zoology and has been touring Texas and the nation since 1994. He knows his biology and how to introduce kids to science in a way that leaves them excited and motivated. Look him up on YouTube to sample his work and then visit www.singingzoologist.com for all the details on bringing him to your school, library, theater, or other venues. Photo by Thomas Slanker.
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX 78736
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,500
school performance $750 - $3,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $1,500
Born in Lebanon and raised in Chicago, Jamal Mohamed presents performances and workshops that transport the audience to ancient times and exotic locales. He has been a featured artist in many international music events and has performed with Sting, Mark O’Connor and many other acclaimed artists. In addition, Jamal is a widely acclaimed educator and has presented workshops across the globe from Mexico City to Shanghai, China. Jamal is currently on the faculty at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches percussion and is the founder and director of the SMU Meadows World Music Ensemble. Offerings include performances by the Jamal Mohamed Ensemble (between 2 and 6 members) featuring virtuoso musicians performing traditional music from a variety of cultures with special emphasis on the Middle East, or Jamal’s interactive solo program, in which he uses a wide variety of authentic instruments to acquaint students with traditional music from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America with gongs from China, Talking Drums from Africa and various percussion from around the world. The presentation culminates with students joining Jamal on stage for an exciting jam session with an international flavor. An experience they will never forget. Photo by John Derryberry.
6101 N Bishop
Dallas, TX 75275
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
workshop fees $350 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $850
Montopolis produces multimedia concerts themed around the natural wonders of Texas. Their critically acclaimed music incorporates rock, country, and modern classical. Each performance is accompanied by stunning video and a narrator who tells stories drawn from Texas history and legend. 'The Legend of Big Bend' concert features a cowboy narrator reciting tales of old west heroics and cowboy poetry. The visual element features the work of landscape photographer Christopher Zebo. Instrumentation: pedal steel guitar, piano, string trio, trombone, and drums. 'The Living Coast' concert is narrated by scientists Wendy Gordon and Megan O'Connell and features film of the Texas coast by director Anlo Sepulveda and drone pilot Reagan Jobe. Instrumentation: piano, guitar, horn section, string section, drums. 'Music for Enchanted Rock' is a modern classical suite for string trio, pedal steel guitar, and piano. Chickasaw performer Amy Bluemel tells stories of Enchanted Rock and regional indigenous tribes. Features landscape photography of Enchanted Rock by Rip Shaub. Montopolis also tours live scores to silent films such as 'Man with a Movie Camera' and 'The Return of Draw Egan,' a comedic western. The Montopolis musicians include members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, Tosca String Quartet, and the Polyphonic Spree. Photo by Sunday Ballew.
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
State Artist Karla Morton
Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX 75159
public performance/concert $400 - $1,200
school performance $400 - $600
workshop fees $400 - $1,200
Mother Falcon is a symphonic rock band from Austin, TX, known for their wide-ranging instrumentation and collaborative songwriting. Founded in 2008, the group includes a collective of musicians including players of strings, horns, guitars, pedal steel, and percussion. Embraced by Austin, Mother Falcon garnered national attention in 2013 and has since been touring the US and Canada performing original music, and performing an original score commissioned by Lionheart Youth Theatre in collaboration with Glass Half Full Theatre. The band has also collaborated with artists including Ben Sollee, Amanda Palmer, Kaki King, and Gina Chavez. In 2019, Mother Falcon was awarded the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Original Score for American Blood Song, written in collaboration with Austin’s Trouble Puppet Theatre Company. Over the last 8 years, the band has been running the Mother Falcon Music Lab, an educational program designed to empower students to be creative with the skills they have through collaboration in music and media. Players of all instruments and abilities become members of multi-instrumental bands and collaborate to write an original song. Different workshops allow students to expand their creativity and perspective, including logo design, DIY screen printing, analog and digital recording, podcasting, photography, and animation. Photo by Alexandra Galewsky.
1401 West 40th street
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,200 - $4,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $3,000
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
Mrs. Dipsworth is a fairy godmother-style character with a larger-than-life presence and highly interactive presentation. She reads stories chosen by the teacher, librarian, or host that align with their current theme or curriculum. Songs and dances that complement the story are added to enhance the overall experience, and the delivery is comparable to that which every spunky grandmother would give. Children ages 0 through 11 have been entertained by Mrs. Dipsworth’s storytime since 2011. School districts such as Fort Worth ISD, Irving ISD, Aledo ISD, Dallas ISD, Keller ISD, and more have created extended curriculum including regular visits from Mrs. Dipsworth. Dallas-FortW orth native Sheran Goodspeed Keyton beautifully transforms from her regular live performance persona to become this fun and engaging character. Sheran Goodspeed Keyton has been acting and singing professionally for more than 30 years. She has performed in many venues all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and has toured nationally and internationally. During the past 15 years, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton has partnered with many arts organizations in the area to produce original works. She has formed a relationship as an artist with Big Thought and has performed in the Dallas ISD for the past 14 years. Photo by Freddie Watkins, Forever Photography Studios.
PO Box 15963
Fort Worth, TX 76119
public performance/concert $1,000 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $750
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
Mark Shelton Solo Percussionist
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, handpan, and Handsonic. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and contemporary music to create an engaging collage 'for the drummer in all of us.' An experienced educator, Mark offers learning events that include percussion masterclasses, professional development sessions, school assembly programs, and drum circles. Photo by Zach Ashcraft.
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX 75029
public performance/concert $450 - $1,950
school performance $250 - $750
workshop fees $250 - $975
travel/per diem/lodging $135 - $750
Mr. Will/Will and The Wilderness
Whether it’s encouraging toddlers to jump around and shout out their favorite mode of transportation (Excavator!), or getting couples to two-step while singing along to original Americana tunes, 'Mr. Will' has energized crowds for two decades with lively, toe-tapping, and often interactive music. Multifaceted singer-songwriter Will Dupuy entertains the young and young-at-heart with children’s concerts and country music sets. Mr. Will taps into the developmental and interactive aspects of raising kids with fun songs while showcasing a rambunctious spirit in live concerts for the under-seven crowd and now also a 'tween' show. The greatest charm of his shows is how the infectious melodies, combined with upbeat lyrics, get undeniably stuck in your head. However, some parents may recognize Will’s voice from his days touring with the South Austin Jug Band, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, or Bob Schneider. But that's what music is all about, bringing people together and having fun, no matter the age. The talent that propelled him to perform continues with the latest incarnation of his own 'adult' band, Will and the Wilderness. With this group, Will often trades an acoustic guitar for his signature upright bass while playing a mix of original tunes and genre-crossing hits. Photo by Nicola Gell.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $600 - $7,500
school performance $600 - $1,500
workshop fees $600 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500