Oba William King
A new resident to Dallas-Fort Worth, Oba William King is an interactive storyteller, author, drummer, and award-winning performer. He is a nationally touring educational entertainer and workshop presenter. Oba's 'Storytelling Time' school and library programs are engaging activities for all ages and cultures in venues large or small. He presents 'Spinning A Yarn' for seasoned adults and his 'Family Literacy Night' activities have thrilled audiences all across these great United States. His most significant storytelling experience was achieved during his sojourn to Benin, west Africa as part of a team of missionaries assigned to develop water wells in three small villages around the city of Cotonou. Oba's rhythmic drumming and traditional American folk tales were orally translated into the regional languages during his presentations. A favorite presenter at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN, the National Association of Black Storytellers Annual Festival and Conference, and the Chicago History Museum's King Day Celebration, he also presented Family Night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Oba William King is a Traditional Folk Arts Fellowship recipient from the Illinois Arts Council sharing the art of storytelling, poetry, and spoken word for all ages and all cultures. Additional programs can be created to fit your needs. Photo by Chicago Association of Black Storytellers.
Oba William King
7313 Colonial Dr
Forest Hill, TX 76140
public performance/concert $465 - $2,000
school performance $300 - $950
workshop fees $275 - $1,150
travel/per diem/lodging $225 - $1,175
Open Dance Project
Open Dance Project’s highly stylized dance theater performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Under the direction of Annie Arnoult, one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2018, this critically acclaimed troupe of dancer/actors brings timely, thought-provoking subject matter to the stage through their dynamic physicality, daring athleticism, and emotional honesty. Current offerings include three performances for young audiences: 'Staging Stories Live,' where dancers build a comic dance theater performance that can be tailored to any theme using audience suggestions; 'ENGINuity,' an educational romp through the history and science of engines; and 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,' a humorous and poignant coming-of-age tale featuring ODP's signature athleticism, theatrical antics, aerial silks, and acrobatics. For general audiences, the company offers 'Panopticon,' a retro-futuristic dystopian love story with a set that transforms around the audience throughout the show, and 'All the Devils are Here: A Tempest in the Galapagos,' where Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' collides with the true story of an unsolved murder in the Galapagos in 1929 in a fantasy-inspired set constructed of recycled plastic bottles designed by Ryan McGettigan. Photo by Lynn Lane.
747 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $1,000 - $15,000
school performance $750 - $5,000
workshop fees $120 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,100 - $7,150
Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme., one of '10 Great Latino Books of 2015.' It won the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia spoke at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret (Aztlan Libre Press). Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Amalia is available for spoken word performances, writing workshops, and the performances of her latest book/punk musical, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret, with her band, Las Hijas de la Madre. Photo by Gladys Ornelas.
127 East Drexel Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,000
2018 Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Houston Resident Artist Program and 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Idea Fund grant recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was a 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken word in 2005. Bean also works with youth organizations from across the country such as Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and Tigertail Productions' 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak, in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the project coordinator/lead coach/mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self-expression/literacy among Houston's youth through creative writing and performance. He also has a one-man show, 'Converse,' which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long-overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words. Photo by Tally Mark Photos.
1127 Usener Street
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $750 - $4,000
school performance $750 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
Oliver Rajamani performs innovative soul-stirring original music, including traditional Romani and Indian folk/Gypsy songs. Rajamani has created a sound of his own with the historic threads of Indian/Gypsy folk, Romani and Texas cultures and music while bringing recognition to the historical Indian origins of the Romani people. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far-flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell, L. Shankar, Jeronimo Maya, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan, and Tomasa La Macanita. Touring programs include: Flamenco India, an innovative musical journey into the deep and historical Indian roots of Spain's Gypsy flamenco, consisting of a colorfully large ensemble of dancers and musicians from the Indian and flamenco traditions; Texas Gypsy Lonestar, bringing recognition to Romani center and historical archives in Austin, Rajamani unites India, Romani and Texas cultures through original compositions backed by traditional Lone Star musicians; and Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani with his western string orchestra featuring musicians and dancers from the Middle Eastern and Indian/Romani traditions with performances on exotic instruments such as the rebab and oud. Photo by Srivas Venkatesh.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $1,000 - $12,000
school performance $1,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $5,000