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photo by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

Staff Retreat

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

Last week, the Theatre Action Project full-time staff spent time at Mo-Ranch in Hunt, TX for our annual staff retreat. We headed up for some much needed bonding time and to plan for the upcoming year. It was such a beautiful sight up there (and we even got the opportunity to see some rain). We really had a lot of fun getting to see each other after a crazy summer of camp and being out of the office.

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Welcome to our new Community Relations VISTA, Katie Grills

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

Happy Monday, Austin!

“Have you found yourself scratching your head yet? What’s happy about a Monday? I bet you thought The Bangles got it down pat when they immortalized the alliteration “Manic Monday,” and I’m also betting that you now have the lovely song stuck in your head. I digress.”
 

I’m Katie Grills, and I’m having a very happy Monday because today is my first day on duty as the new Community Relations VISTA for Theatre Action Project. Being a VISTA here is a culmination of a number of dreams and passions that I had, and I have a lot to be thankful for…because being here almost did not happen! I spent nearly a month and a half this summer applying with little zeal to other jobs that felt all wrong after spending a year as an AmeriCorps*State member—you name the position, I applied for it. After a few unsatisfying weeks of this search, I found myself turning back to the AmeriCorps world. As I scoured the AmeriCorps VISTA posting and found TAP’s job description, I knew that this would be the perfect position for me. My friends saw the spark in my eyes as I read about organizing volunteers and working towards the program’s mission, and they knew it would be perfect for me.

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Fast Forward

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

I started working at Theatre Action Project in 2005; I was a Teaching Artist that first year and we had almost no work the summer of 2006.  I had to get another summer job to survive before I became a full time staff member in August of 2006.

Fast forward to 2011.

We started the summer with the Summer Pageant in the Park, which included two weeks of a camp that culminated in the performance downtown at Republic Square Park.  We marched through the farmer’s market and then  ended the pageant with The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun”.

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A New Year, A New Company?

by Susie Gidseg, Managing Director of Changing Lives

Last year I was launched quickly into my first year of Changing Lives. After being hired at the end of August, we were already into auditions, and immediately into the rehearsal process and the booking of our spring tour. The Changing lives students of 10-11 WERE Changing Lives to me, the only group I had ever known, and we learned and grew together.

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“Best of Times” now available on ITunes

Dear Friends of Theatre Action Project,
Today marks the national release of the double disc album “The Best of Times,” which features 38 Texas artists performing the music of Sara Hickman! This means that the album is now available for you to download on iTunes. Don’t forget that 100% of the proceeds will help TAP reach thousands of Central Texas youth with important arts based programs.

Do us a favor and add some reviews on iTunes to help spread the word about this incredible album and project! Click here to learn more about Sara Hickman and her dream to create this album.

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Buy the album here!
THE BEST OF TIMES
38 track album featuring:
Willie Nelson • Shawn Colvin • Rhett Miller • The Flatlanders • Robert Earl Keen • Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians • Abra Moore • David Garza with Todd Wolfson • Jimmy La Fave • Betty Soo • Ruthie Foster • Marcia Ball • The Sutcliffes • Colin Gilmore • Trout Fishing in America • Brave Combo • White Ghost Shivers • Ana Egge • Suzanna Choffel • Matt the Electrician • The Daze • Gretchen Phillips • Andrea Perry • Monte Warden with Colin Boyd • After Math • LZ Love • Darden Smith • Patrice Pike • Shelley King • Elizabeth Wills • Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman • Joe McDermott • Trish Murphy with Charlie Sexton & Skyrocket • Jess Klein • The Djembabes • Ray Von Foster • Christine Albert • Chris Gage • Graham Wilkinson


All of the proceeds of this album benefit Theatre Action Project (TAP),
Central Texas’ leading arts and education organization.

Thank you to Emily Tindall!

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

Friday marked the last day for one of our finest employees, Emily Tindall, here at Theatre Action Project.  Emily has overseen our grant from the Community Youth Development (CYD) office in the City of Austin Department of Health and Human Services for our work in the 78744 Dove Springs neighborhood for the past 2 years, and has been working with TAP in a variety of other capacities for the past 4 years. She has truly done it all having taught, performed, administered and managed TAP programs working with youth K-12th grade.

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