by Dustin Wills, Programming Specialist
Many of our very talented teaching artists keep very busy schedules outside of their school days, frequently practicing their own art through performances all over Austin and nationally. Let’s see what our teaching artists have been working on recently and what exciting projects they have coming up very soon.
Recently, Caroline Reck finished up a very successful run of Trouble Puppet Theatre’s The Jungle. I had the privilege of seeing last year’s workshop production of this puppetry performance. I had never before seen live puppetry express such extreme, humane emotion and draw the spectator into the dark world of industry Upton Sinclair painted in his groundbreaking novel. Caroline teaches at Harris Elementary where she brings her expertise in puppetry to those students in the after school program.
Stephanie Chavez and Claire Augustine are in the thick of rehearsal for Ariel Dance Theatre’s production of The Grand Theory Of EVERYTHING BETWEEN: A Movement Index of Light, Sound, and ALIENS. This production is set to open May 13! Stephanie also performed in Andrea Ariel’s last piece (which I saw) titled Switch Shift Go including a mix of text and movement in three variations on the same theme. Stephanie teaches her dance moves to students all over Austin including Webb Middle School, Kocurek, Horsby-Dunlap and Shadowbend Housing Authority Site and tours with TAP in the Classroom’s Heroes/Los Heroes. Claire works with the after school kids at Hillcrest Elementary.
Four of our amazing Teaching Artists: Cami Alys, Noel Gaulin, Aron Taylor and Erin Meyer will be performing in an upcoming world premiere show developed with the Rude Mechanicals titled I’ve Never Been So Happy. This production recently toured to the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. as part of a National New Play Festival – a great feat indeed!! Over the past two years I have seen numerous workshop incarnations of this production and will say that I am very, very excited to see the full production opening at the end of this month. This production is a strange and enchanting blend of music, dance, projection and carnival that unravels the myths of The West. It will be presented as part of the Fusebox Festival, which brings many interdisciplinary artists from all over the country to share experimental work with Austin audiences.
Cami Alys tours with Stephanie Chavez in Heroes/Los Heroes. Aron Taylor tours with The Courage to Stand and teaches afterschool at Barrington Elementary and at Goodrich Housing Authority with Erin Meyer. Noel Gaulin holds down the fort at Reilly and Shadowbend Housing Authority. Langford is also graced with Erin Meyer’s mad teaching skills.
And this is jut to name a few project that involve TAP’s FANTASTIC TEACHING ARTISTS. It is exciting to know our TAs are out in the community working and creating and imagining with both young people and professional artists alike. If you get a chance, please click on the links above and grab your tickets to these amazing shows… they are sure to sell out fast!